Farmers, ranchers and landowners invited to learn about controlled burns and compost for improving soil health

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at Yolo Land & Cattle Co. in Esparto.

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As we gear up for summer wildfire season, the Yolo County Resource Conservation district is offering a free workshop that will highlight methods for conducting controlled burns and discussing compost application for carbon sequestration and improving soil health. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 18, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. with a light lunch to follow at Yolo Land & Cattle Co. located at 24445 County Rd. 25 in Esparto. Program speakers include Phil Dye, a qualified Prescribed Fire Burn Boss and the founder and CEO of Prometheus Fire Consulting LLC, a firm specializing in prescribed fires and training. Phil has worked on prescribed fires for various agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, CAL FIRE, local government agencies and private landowners. If you have ever wondered how to reduce fuel loads on your property and work towards preventing extreme wildfire events, this workshop will cover the basics of controlled burn benefits and challenges. The workshop will also cover how to obtain necessary permits to conduct prescribed burns. The workshop is supported by the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Healthy Soils Program. Participants will have the opportunity to see a multi-year compost application trial on the Yolo Land & Cattle Co. ranch. Scott Stone, partner in Yolo Land & Cattle Co. will be on site to discuss his decades-long involvement in conservation ranching and agricultural benefits of compost application on rangelands. Jeffrey Creque from the Carbon Cycle Institute (CCI) will be discussing compost application for soil health, agricultural productivity and carbon sequestration. He will be providing a detailed overview of compost- what it is, why use it, how to make it, regulations, and how it benefits on farm productivity and carbon sequestration. Jeffrey is the Director of Rangeland and Agroecosystem Yolo County Resource Conservation District 221 West Court Street, Suite 1 phone: 530-661-1688 Woodland, CA 95695 www.yolorcd.org Management at CCI where he leads initiatives for increasing carbon capture on working lands within a whole-farm planning and implementation framework, known as Carbon Farming. This workshop is free. Please RVSP to palmerlee@yolorcd.org. The Yolo County Resource Conservation District (Yolo RCD) is a special district recognized under state law. The Mission of the Yolo RCD is to protect, improve, and sustain the natural resources of Yolo County. Our Board of Directors and staff are dedicated to developing resource stewardship solutions for local landowners based on the best available science and local needs. Our projects reflect a cooperative effort with our partner agency, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), landowners, agencies, and agricultural and conservation groups. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Joanne Heraty at 530-391-3441 or email heraty@yolorcd.org ]]>

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