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Lessons Learned: The King Fire
An evening with JoAnn Fites-Kaufman, Forest Ecologist USFS
     Friday, January 30    7pm
     Madelyn Helling Library

     Community Room
     Suggested donation $5.


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Happy New Year!

The Yuba Watershed Institute appreciates all the participants, volunteers, and company sponsors for the 2014 Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition. We had record attendance of approximately 400 visitors and 286 species identified so far! The year of the big mushrooms brought many new people to learn about the kingdom of fungi and many experts were on board to learn from our collections. We are so inspired to have hosted this endeavor for 18 years and look forward to an even bigger and better event in 2015! Make sure to stay tuned for the spring fungus excursion.

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of the 'Inimim Forest

On Saturday, November 15, a team of almost 40 volunteers showed up to help remove fuels from around old growth trees on the San Juan Ridge to protect them from wildfire.

Afterwards they enjoyed a picnic lunch at the Erickson Woodworking workshop and a tour of the processing of local hardwoods into furniture.



Coming Soon: Tree Rings # 26

Tree Rings #25 available online!

The 25th Edition of the ever-eloquent journal, Tree Rings was published in December of 2013. The theme of this edition was "The Importance of Water." The journal is chock full of essays, poems, articles, and artwork related to this topic of utmost importance, with contributions from Gary Snyder, Kelly Patton, Hank Meals, Sara Rabkin, Tom Van Wagner, Kurt Lorenz, Corey Hitchcock, and more.

Make sure your membership is current and you'll automatically receive a printed copy of Tree Rings in the mail!

Download Tree Rings # 25 "The Importance of Water" here.


The Nature of This Place: Book & Curriculum Guide

The Nature of This Place: Investigations and Adventures in the Yuba Watershed

Bruce Boyd and Liese Greensfelder, editors with foreword by Gary Snyder


The YWI published The Nature of This Place Curriculum Guide developed for K-8 natural science education by the Yuba Watershed Institute, and written by Rachel Durben of the Sierra Streams Institute, in partnership with the Twin Ridges Elementary School District. This project was inspired by the field studies YWI has provided for Grizzly Hill Elementary School students over the years. Now this curriculum is an open source so everyone can benefit from it. The development of the curriculum guide was funded by the Teichert Foundation and published by Flicker Press. Illustrations by Randy Griffis.