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Food Safety & Wildfires Case Study: Brisa Ranch

Food Safety & Wildfires Case Study: Brisa Ranch

Key Details: Location: San Francisco bay area , near Pescadero  Acres in Production: 16 Main Crops: Fruit, vegetables, flowers  Wildfire: CZU Complex in 2020 3rd Party Audit(s):  USDA Harmonized GAP Certified Organic by National Organic Program: Yes Owners: Cristóbal, Cole,

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Micro Farm Program

Micro Farm Program

Information about The Micro Farm program offered through the USDA. The Micro Farm program provides a risk management safety net for all commodities on your farm under one insurance policy. This insurance plan is tailored for any farm with up

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Introducing The New Micro Farm Insurance Program For Farmer And Ranchers

Introducing The New Micro Farm Insurance Program For Farmer And Ranchers

This recorded webinar with Catharine Anderson the Risk Management Agency covers the new Micro Farm program. This new crop insurance program is offered through the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection policy and is tailored to small producers who sell their products locally with operations that earn

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Hooves & Hands How We Work Together to Stay, to Heal, and to Coexist  in Fire Ecosystems Facing Climate Change

Hooves & Hands How We Work Together to Stay, to Heal, and to Coexist in Fire Ecosystems Facing Climate Change

This book is an anthology of resilient communities telling their story of how they built collaboration with people and ruminants. Each one is told with a different voice, a different experience, yet all are connected through the hands of their

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Hunter Grazing Cooperative Overview Video

Hunter Grazing Cooperative Overview Video

This video details the work of Sarah Keiser and her efforts in Community Grazing Cooperatives.

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Natural Product Phenolic Diglycosides Created from Wildfires, Defining Their Impact on California and Oregon Grapes and Wines

Natural Product Phenolic Diglycosides Created from Wildfires, Defining Their Impact on California and Oregon Grapes and Wines

This study presents some of the first quantitative measurements of PDs bioaccumulated in premium California and Oregon grapes and wines due to wildfire smoke. Strategies of bioanalytics, oenology, and focused collections of grapes from vineyards exposed to varying smoke were

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Fire Is Family: A Conversation With The Yurok Tribe’s Cultural Fire Management Council

Fire Is Family: A Conversation With The Yurok Tribe’s Cultural Fire Management Council

Tribal members Elizabeth Azuz and Margo Robbins join Farmer Campus’s Farmers Build Fire Resilience online course to share knowledge with producers learning to live with the repercussions of an intensifying wildfire season.

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Financial Recovery And Support After A Wildfire

Financial Recovery And Support After A Wildfire

In this two part photo blog series, Farmer Campus talked with farm manager David Cooper to hear his wildfire story and get a glimpse into the realities of farming with wildfire and how to recover.

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Climate Intervention with Biochar

Climate Intervention with Biochar

A White Paper about Biochar and Energy (BC&E) for Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and Emission Reduction (ER).

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Building Vulnerability to Ember Exposure

Building Vulnerability to Ember Exposure

As part of its research effort to study and understand the vulnerabilities of buildings subjected to wildfire exposures, IBHS developed the capability of simulating ember exposures on building components and assemblies. These videos show the results of their simulations.

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An Overview of Fire Effects on Soil

An Overview of Fire Effects on Soil

Fires in forests and rangelands produce some of the most profound impacts on ecosystems of the Southwest. Wildfires and prescribed fires affect the vegetation, soils, wildlife, and water resources of watersheds. They impose a wide range of effects depending on

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Sonoma Biochar Project

Sonoma Biochar Project

Biochar is a specialized form of charcoal that is produced by heating biomass using high heat (typically 350 C to 1000 C) in low-oxygen environments, and that is suitable for use in agriculture. It is commonly used as a soil

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Sisikyou Livestock Pass Program

Sisikyou Livestock Pass Program

The Siskiyou County University of California Cooperative Extension (“UCCE”) and the Siskiyou County Agricultural Department have established a program, through the issuance of a Livestock Access Pass, which may permit commercial livestock operators to gain entrance to evacuation zones or

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Counting the Losses: Tallying the True Costs of Wildfire for Farmers

Counting the Losses: Tallying the True Costs of Wildfire for Farmers

In this two part photo blog series, Farmer Campus talked with farm manager David Cooper to hear his wildfire story and get a glimpse into the realities of farming with wildfire and how to recover.

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Quick Intro to On-Farm Fire Preparedness

Quick Intro to On-Farm Fire Preparedness

In this 7 minute overview, you will learn about basic concepts to get your farm prepared for wildfire season.

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Fighting Farmland and Rangeland Wildfires

Fighting Farmland and Rangeland Wildfires

A reference for employers engaged in Oregon OSHA’s Agriculture (Division 4) activities.

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Wildfire Preparedness in Agriculture – Online Course Certified for OR OSHA

Wildfire Preparedness in Agriculture – Online Course Certified for OR OSHA

This course is designed to prepare farmers, ranchers and rural residents for wildfires. You will cover wildfire risk awareness, emergency response and prevention planning, and creating defensible space. Over the course of seven modules, you will learn how to create

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Forest Management Handbook for Small-Parcel Landowners in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascade Range

Forest Management Handbook for Small-Parcel Landowners in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascade Range

A significant portion of Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades forests are owned and managed as small parcels (10 to 100 acres) by nonindustrial private landowners. This handbook is for such landowners; it provides succinct, straight-forward, and thorough information to help

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Ready on the Farm Disasters Preparedness Plan

Ready on the Farm Disasters Preparedness Plan

From Farmer Campus and Nuestra Comunidad, Disaster Preparedness Plan for farming or ranching families, businesses and their workforce.

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Go-Kits and Wildfire Emergency Plans from Bee-Well Farms

Go-Kits and Wildfire Emergency Plans from Bee-Well Farms

Getting your farm and crew prepared for a disaster like a wildfire can feel overwhelming – but having a plan and Go-Bags ahead of time is a critical step in decreasing your risk and increasing your ability to safely and

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Intro to On-Farm Wildfire Preparedness with BeeWell Farms, Farmer Campus and CAFF

Intro to On-Farm Wildfire Preparedness with BeeWell Farms, Farmer Campus and CAFF

As we head into spring, there’s no better time to evaluate your on-farm risk, get your evacuation plan made and practice your response plan ahead of fire season! Check out this workshop recording featuring guest farmer educators Austin and Melissa

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Fire Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Fire Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has multiple agencies that provide financial and/or technical assistance to help farmers, ranchers and rural landowners recover from natural disasters, such as wildfires. Listed are USDA agencies and an overview of applicable programs. Funding for

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Service Providers for Small Farmers – Crowd Sourced

Service Providers for Small Farmers – Crowd Sourced

From Farmer Campus, this crowd sourced spreadsheet contains recommendations for farmers to obtain support and connect with agents around disaster and crop insurance, as well as bookkeepers, CPAs, and attorneys.

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Rescue Small Farms, California!

Rescue Small Farms, California!

Irrigation pipes beside a fallow field that last year overflowed with vegetables for a local CSA. Photo by Kelsey Joy Murphey Farming has always been a risky business, but here in California, 2021 is proving to be another beast altogether.

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Mycoremediation in the Wake of the “Camp” Fire

Mycoremediation in the Wake of the “Camp” Fire

This video outlines some of the concepts and research of fungal bioremediation and the potential to address fire-borne toxins. Topics covered are the types of environmental pollutants that are generated in forest fires and urban firestorms, how and which fungi

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USDA Disaster Assistance Programs At a Glance

USDA Disaster Assistance Programs At a Glance

A quick summary of all of FSA (Farm Service Agency) disaster programs and a guide that shows what type of disasters they cover.

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Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool

Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool

Learn about USDA disaster assistance programs that might be right for you by completing five simple steps.

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Protecting Outdoor Workers Exposed to Smoke from Wildfires

Protecting Outdoor Workers Exposed to Smoke from Wildfires

Smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases and fine particles that can harm health, especially those working outdoors. We know our family famers want to keep their crews safe and healthy. Learn more here and please take all necessary precautions for

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Food Safety After a Disaster

Food Safety After a Disaster

A comprehensive website from UC Davis featuring many post-disaster resources exploring food safety for producers and consumers alike.

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Insurance Post-Declared Disaster

Insurance Post-Declared Disaster

If you are a property owner and your property is located in an area designated as a disaster by the President of the United States or the Governor, and you cannot locate the insurance policy for the property and are

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CA Dept. of Insurance

CA Dept. of Insurance

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) provides several information guides, tips and  tools to help you understand home/residential insurance so that you can make the best decision for your situation.  If you do not find the information you need, we invite you

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The FAIR Plan

The FAIR Plan

The FAIR Plan provides insurance as a last resort, and should be used only after a diligent effort to obtain coverage in the voluntary market has been made.

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Community Grazing

Community Grazing

Build resilience by transforming our wildland-urban-interface from neighborhoods into communities with grazing ruminants while increasing each community’s ability to withstand wildfire and drought by grazing livestock across property lines.

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On-Farm COVID-19 Food Safety Info & FAQs

On-Farm COVID-19 Food Safety Info & FAQs

By: Kali Feiereisel, MPH Senior Manager, Farmer Services   Last updated: April 7th, 2020 We realize this is a time of great uncertainty and anxiety. Hopefully this blog post can provide some tangible information to help answer some of your

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Farm Operational Continuity Template

Farm Operational Continuity Template

What if you or members of your crew get sick? Use this template, combining standard operations procedures with emergency planning to help keep your farm going when unexpected events happen.

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California Farmers Face a Long Road to Recovery After Wildfires

California Farmers Face a Long Road to Recovery After Wildfires

CIVIL EATS – At the peak of the state’s fire season, we spoke to five farmers who endured wildfires over the past two years. Here are their stories. David Kaisel had completed his weekly trip to the Ferry Plaza farmers’

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Fire Survivor: David Kaisel, Capay Mills

Fire Survivor: David Kaisel, Capay Mills

David Kaisel of Capay Mills in Rumsey, CA  David Kaisel first came to the Capay Valley in Northern California about 30 years ago to learn to paddle white water on Cache Creek. “I remember coming up here when the river’s

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Burned Oaks: Which Will Survive?

Burned Oaks: Which Will Survive?

Each year fires burn thousands of acres where the predominant vegetation is oak tress and grass. Where fires burn intensely, trees can be totally consumed. In other places, leaves on trees can be scorched, but the trees remain standing. Where

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Seeding After a Fire

Seeding After a Fire

After a fire many trees are weakened from burning around the base of the trunk. The trees can fall over or blow down without warning. Shallow-rooted trees can also fall. Therefore be extremely alert when around burned trees.

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Planned Herbivory in the Management of Wildfire Fuels

Planned Herbivory in the Management of Wildfire Fuels

Grazing is most effective at treating smaller diameter live fuels that can greatly impact the rate of spread of a fi re along with the flame height. Wildfires are increasing in number, intensity, and size. Five of the most significant

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To Graze or Not To Graze

To Graze or Not To Graze

Determining when to graze livestock after a fire can be a controversial and sometimes difficult decision. Much of the post-fire consideration depends upon site characteristics (percent slope, soil type), plants that grew in the area burned, and intensity of the

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Smoky Character in Wines

Smoky Character in Wines

Smoke flavors in grapes and wine were a concern in the 2008 growing season following the Mendocino Lightning Fires of June 20-July 20. Most research has been done in Australia during the past decade. These are articles that you may want

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Keep Your Food Safe During Emergencies

Keep Your Food Safe During Emergencies

Power Outages, Floods & Fire. Keep an appliance thermometer in both the refrigerator and freezer. Make sure the refrigerator temperature is at 40 °F or below and the freezer is at 0 °F or below. Group foods together in both

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Coping with Disaster

Coping with Disaster

This page offers disaster survivors information regarding dealing with the emotional effects of the event.  Below you will find guidance on recognizing the signs of and minimizing the impact of disaster-caused stress.  Please remember that reactions and risk response to disasters

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Helping Children Cope with Disaster

Helping Children Cope with Disaster

This booklet offers parents, caregivers, and other adults suggestions on how to help children cope with the effects of disaster, as well as how to be prepared before a disaster strikes.

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Small Business Disaster Loan Assistance

Small Business Disaster Loan Assistance

SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property,

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Wildfire Insurance 101

Wildfire Insurance 101

Have you ever gone on a family vacation for more than two weeks, during which you lived out of a suitcase? If your family is anything like mine, it can get pretty stressful! Now imagine having to live in temporary

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Wildfires: Flood Insurance

Wildfires: Flood Insurance

Floods are the most common and costly natural hazard in the nation. After a wildfire, the flood risk increases significantly. The time to buy flood insurance is now. Homeowners, renters and business owners need to protect themselves financially from the devastating  losses flooding can

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After the Fires: Hydrophobic Soils

After the Fires: Hydrophobic Soils

Fire is a natural and important environmental factor that has affected virtually all western U.S. forests at one time or another. However, there are situations where fire can be catastrophic. Aside from property and aesthetic loss, this can include situations

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Community Wildfire Protection Plans

Community Wildfire Protection Plans

This series offers a set of lessons learned concerning the collaborative processes that influence and guide the development of community wildfire protection plans (CWPPs) under the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA 2003). The lessons learned are offered in relatively short

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Communities at Risk

Communities at Risk

To help protect people and their property from potential catastrophic wildfire, the National Fire Plan directs funding to be provided for projects designed to reduce the fire risks to communities. A fundamental step in achieving this goal was the identification

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Fire-Resistant Plants for Landscapes

Fire-Resistant Plants for Landscapes

As homeowners continue to build in the wild and urban interface, they must take special precautions to protect their homes. One way to do this is to create a defensible space around the home, and one important factor can be

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Firewise USA

Firewise USA

NFPA’s Firewise USA® program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. Join the growing network of more than 1,500 recognized Firewise USA® sites from across

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A Land Manager’s Guide for Creating Fire-Resistant Forests

A Land Manager’s Guide for Creating Fire-Resistant Forests

This publication provides an overview of how various silvicultural treatments affect fuel and fire behavior, and how to create fire-resistant forests. In properly treated, fire-resistant forests, fire intensity is reduced and overstory trees are more likely survive than in untreated

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Recovering from Wildfire, Healing the Land

Recovering from Wildfire, Healing the Land

There’s a human impulse to rebuild, to resume life as it was. In nature, there is the cycle of regeneration that comes after a fire. While our instinct tells us to help and our hearts are in the right place,

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Animals in Disaster online training course, FEMA

Animals in Disaster online training course, FEMA

This course is intended to help animal owners, care providers, and industries to understand incident management. The objectives of this course are to increase awareness and preparedness among animal owners and care providers, and to describe how typical hazards affect

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Guide to Disaster Preparedness: Ag & Natural Resources

Guide to Disaster Preparedness: Ag & Natural Resources

When disasters strike, animals as well as people need to be safely relocated. This guide is intended to provide useful information about developing a disaster response plan, about disaster preparedness training and resources, and to stimulate your thoughts on how

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Family Emergency Plan (en español)

Family Emergency Plan (en español)

Plan de Comunicaciones Familiares – Es probable que su familia no esté junta cuando ocurra un desastre, de modo que deben plani˜car cómo se van a comunicar y decidir de antemano lo que h arán en diferentes situaciones.

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Family Emergency Communication Plan

Family Emergency Communication Plan

This document outlines three steps to take to create your Family Emergency Communication Plan: collect contact information for your family and other important contacts; make sure everyone carries a copy of this information with them; and have regular household meetings

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Crop Insurance, USDA

Crop Insurance, USDA

Crop insurance is purchased by agricultural producers, including farmers, ranchers and others to protect against either the loss of their crops due to natural disasters, or the loss of revenue due to declines in the prices of agricultural commodities.

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FEMA: Disaster Assistance

FEMA: Disaster Assistance

If you are a disaster survivor, you may qualify for federal assistance. This site helps to identify services during a disaster and apply for federal disaster assistance immediately after a disaster.

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Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Sonoma County was har hit by recent fires however they have become a model for resilience and innovation. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors have approved the “Recovery and Resiliency Framework” to serve as a vision and approach for how

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Tips for Handling Food Following a Disaster

Tips for Handling Food Following a Disaster

If any type of unexpected emergency strikes your community, you may not have access to fresh food, water or electricity for days, maybe weeks. This web page is a portal site that will provide you with useful information so you

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Fires and Food Safety, USDA

Fires and Food Safety, USDA

Fire! Few words can strike such terror. Residential fires are, unfortunately, a common occurrence. Some 2 million American homes go up in flames yearly. In the aftermath of fire, people are left to salvage their lives and belongings. Whether it’s

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Produce Safety after Wildfire

Produce Safety after Wildfire

The fires that spread through Northern California in October 2017 burned over 160,000 acres of wildland, suburban, urban and industrial areas, creating dangerous air quality conditions for the region that lasted long beyond the fires themselves. The wildfire smoke likely

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When Wildfire Hits the Ranch: Lessons Learned

When Wildfire Hits the Ranch: Lessons Learned

Just as quickly as the Thomas Fire swept through parts of our community, the questions started flooding my office: Should we prune our burned avocado trees? Can I graze my cattle on burned pastures, and if not, how can I

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HALTER Project

HALTER Project

The HALTER Project provides first responders and their communities with information and resources for animal emergencies. In any situation: road accident, fire, flood, earthquake, landslide, or pasture, the best outcome for animals and humans is achieved through teamwork between trained first

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Wildfires, Smoke & Livestock

Wildfires, Smoke & Livestock

Severe wildfires expose humans and animals to injuries both from burns and inhalation of unhealthy air containing smoke and particulates. These particulates can build up in the respiratory system, causing a number of health problems including burning eyes, runny noses

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YouTube video

Assessing Fire Damaged Landscapes: Video

NRCS Assessing fire damaged landscapes video. 

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Post-Fire Disaster Publications, USDA

Post-Fire Disaster Publications, USDA

Contour Sandbags, Dikes, Diversion, Erosion Control Mats, Hand Raking, Hazard Tree Removal, Hillside Home, Drainage, Hydromulching, Log Erosion Barriers, Sandbag Barrier, Seeding.

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Post Fire Restoration: Dos & Don’ts

Post Fire Restoration: Dos & Don’ts

While it’s difficult to stand by and “do nothing” it’s important that we do the right things post fire. This tip sheet, especially the Don’ts section, provides invaluable guidance on post fire land management from brush removal, drainage, erosion control,

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After the Burn: Managing Forestland After a Wildfire

After the Burn: Managing Forestland After a Wildfire

A comprehensive guide for managing your forestland after a burn, including an assessment tool, emergency rehabilitation, and post fire management practices. 

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NRCS Disaster Recovery Assistance

NRCS Disaster Recovery Assistance

From floods to drought, fire or hurricanes, NRCS provides disaster recovery assistance to farmers, ranchers, landowners and communities through a variety of USDA programs. If you are an agricultural producer affected by a disaster, please contact your local USDA service center for

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NRCS Catastrophic Fire Recovery Initiative

NRCS Catastrophic Fire Recovery Initiative

The purpose of the Catastrophic Fire Recovery Initiative, offered by NRCS, is to provide immediate resource protection in areas burned by catastrophic fires. Priority resource concerns include immediate soil erosion protection, minimize noxious and invasive plant proliferation, protect water quality,

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Navigating Disaster Assistance for Farmers

Navigating Disaster Assistance for Farmers

Assistance from federal programs can make a world of difference for farmers after a disaster. The next few pages outline current disaster programs, all of which are available to farmers. Be sure to check with the appropriate agency for any

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USDA Post-Fire Disaster Assistance Directory by County

USDA Post-Fire Disaster Assistance Directory by County

Wildfires, especially those caused by human activity, can take a tragic toll on the people and landscape affected. In California the wildfire season is typically followed by the rainy season presenting hazards such as flooding, erosion and more to the

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Livestock Forage Disaster Program

Livestock Forage Disaster Program

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides payments to eligible livestock owners and contract growers who have covered livestock and who are also producers of grazed forage crop acreage (native and improved pasture land with permanent vegetative cover) that has

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Livestock Indemnity Program

Livestock Indemnity Program

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) to provide benefits to eligible livestock owners or contract growers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality or reduced sale prices for owned livestock due to injury caused by eligible loss conditions. Eligible loss

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Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees & Farm-Raised Fish Program

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees & Farm-Raised Fish Program

The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish. It covers losses due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition, including blizzards, disease (including cattle

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Tree Assistance Program

Tree Assistance Program

Provides financial assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines lost by natural disasters. Eligible trees, bushes, and vines are those from which an annual crop is produced for commercial purposes.

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