Fire and Rain … and Debris Flows

Fire and Rain … and Debris Flows That’s what happened last January in Santa Barbara County. One of California’s largest wildfires, the Thomas Fire, was nearly 100 percent contained after five weeks. Two people died and more than 1,000 structures burned. Flames torched 281,893 acres. Then a band of thunderstorms arrived the morning of January…

Oil & Gas Engineers Double as Feline Heroes

Typically, being an oil and gas engineer means handling complex hydrocarbon and geothermal technology, crunching environmental data, using a high level of analytical skill. Sometimes, the job also includes handling fuzzy little kittens. On a usual weekday last month, Brian Tillquist , a field engineer for the oil, gas, and geothermal resources division (DOGGR), and…

It’s California Bat Week – October 24-31, 2018

It’s California Bat Week October 24-31, 2018. Bats are one of the most important animals in our environment. With more than 1,300 different species in the world, bats are diverse in both how they look and how they keep ecosystems balanced. While they might be creepy, bats are vital to a healthy environment. One bat…

The World’s Largest Earthquake Drill

Are You Ready to ShakeOut? With 318 million people living and working in the United States, a major earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine how well we survive and recover. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills in October 2017 involved more than 56.2 million participants through broad-based outreach…

October is “Earthquake Month” at the California Department of Conservation

Here’s a look at what’s shakin’: Sunday, October 21: 150th Anniversary of the Hayward Fault earthquake On October 21, 1868, an earthquake estimated to be between magnitude 6.8 and 7.0 in strength tore the ground open from Milpitas to San Leandro with major damage in Hayward, San Leandro, Oakland, and San Francisco. The Fremont Mission San…

From Serving the Country to Conserving It — GIS is Key

“I am passionate about conserving natural resources and working to slow the rate at which California urbanizes productive farmland and open space.  The Williamson Act is a key tool to achieve that goal.” Annie Giovacchini – Environmental Planner   #FacesOfConservation — Meet Ann Marie (Annie) Giovacchini, an environmental planner for DOC’s Division of Land Resource Protection. Annie…