Forestry, Fire, and Forest Health
Forest Advisor and County Director Yana Valachovic works with forest landowners and natural resource professionals, providing UC Forest Research and Outreach information about redwood and Douglas-fir silviculture, forest stewardship, watershed management, oak woodlands, fire and fuels, and insect and disease management.
Staff Research Associate Dan Stark is a forest health researcher who coordinates forest health education, detection, monitoring, and management efforts and serves as the North Coast Sudden Oak Death Outreach Coordinator for the California Oak Mortality Task Force.
Area Fire Advisor Lenya Quinn-Davidson is an ecologist who specializes in fire and oak woodland ecology and management. Lenya works with and connects the efforts of the California Fire Science Consortium, Northern California Prescribed Fire Council, and Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network.
Staff Research Associate Brendan Twieg is a forest health researcher who provides sudden oak death education and outreach, and coordinates forest health detection and monitoring. Brendan also coordinates and provides expertise for forest health management efforts and serves as the GIS and data analysis guru for the North Coast Sudden Oak Death Program.