Soil Health in Northern California: Restoring Function in Agricultural and Wildland Settings


We’ve got a theme, date, and location set for our 2018 Annual Conference! Details are still being organized, but you can keep up with the latest information by RSVPing to the facbook event here. Keep an eye out for ticket information in the near future.

Theme: Soil Health in Northern California: Restoring Function in Agricultural and Wildland Settings
Date: October 18 & 19
LocationHampton Inn and Suites Suisun City Waterfront (Suisin City, CA)

We hope to explore topics related to soil health restoration, post fire recovery, and vineyard management. If you know of projects or research that we should include in our agenda, please send us an email and let us know!

Upcoming UCLA Conference Examines Water Management in the Middle East & Africa


The severe water crises facing areas of the Middle East and Africa have significant implications for the health, welfare and security of the regions’ people. Today, issues related to water availability and quality – including food security, sanitation and health, and economic development – have become both more complex and critical to address in these parts of the world. In this context, the resource can be both a source of cooperation and conflict among and within communities and nations.

The international conference Water in the Middle East & Africa: A Nexus of Cooperation and Conflict will provide a forum for scholars and experts to discuss the challenges linked to water resources facing these areas. The speakers will share innovative technology and policy solutions being developed and implemented in the regions that tackle problems at the local, national, and trans-national levels.

The UCLA conference is also a unique opportunity to compare water issues facing these regions and other parts of the world, including California, which confront similar challenges – from drought, water contamination, inadequate or outdated infrastructure, and competing claims of agriculture and rural and urban areas – in order to ensure adequate and safe water supplies for their populations.

Learn more and register here:

Runoff: Spring ’18 Newsletter

Spring has sprung and we’ve got some Chapter updates to share.

While more snow is being added to the Sierras, we are bringing you a fresh new Runoff, our quarterly Chapter newsletter. It’s chock-full of announcements about the Chapter, highlights of local and international soil and water news, and a spotlight on a few of our members who are doing great things! We hope you enjoy this publication and we always welcome feedback.

Forest Restoration and Water Webinar: March 8

Join the National Forest Foundation on March 8 (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific) for a web-based peer learning session entitled Forest Landscape Restoration and Water. The following is the description of the event from the Foundation:

Recognizing the importance of Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Programs (CFLRP) and other landscapes in providing high quality freshwater to downstream communities and instream biota, this webinar seeks to:
– Discuss the effects on water quality, quantity, and timing from the different types of forest management and restoration activities that occur on National Forest System lands (thinning, prescribed fire, roads, etc.).
– Enhance understanding of the regional variabilities in responses of water quality and quantity to forest management.
– Provide an overview of monitoring methods and case studies practitioners can use to better understand the connection between forest management activities and water quality and quantity in their area.

You can register for the event by clicking here.