Ed McFadden looks over an avocado tree damaged in the Thomas Fire in a grove he manages near Fillmore. McFadden is taking a wait-and-see approach to this and other damaged trees; those showing signs of life may be pruned back and allowed to regenerate. He says such trees would need a couple of years to come back into production.
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New growth, called a sucker, appears on a fire-damaged avocado tree in a Fillmore grove. Avocado farmer Ed McFadden says trees showing such growth may not need to be replaced, but rather pruned back. The tree should be productive again in a couple of years.
Photo/Kevin Hecteman
Farmers gauge wildfire’s long-term impact
New, green growth has sprouted from the blackened trunks of avocado trees damaged by the Thomas Fire last December. Ed McFadden, who manages a grove near Fillmore, said the new growth gives him reason for optimism. Read more...

Relicensing: Hydro projects face hurdles from agencies
The multipurpose aspect of many reservoir projects adds an extra layer of regulation to those projects--and gives government agencies and advocacy organizations additional opportunities to seek more water and other concessions from reservoir operators. That scenario is playing out in attempts to relicense California hydroelectric projects that also provide water supplies to farms, ranches and cities. Read more...

Commentary: Coastal Commission must return to its original intent
"Is this what was intended when this law passed?" It's a question staff people at regulatory agencies often fail to ask themselves before starting to impose new rules and restrictions on citizens. It's also a question California farmers and ranchers are tired of asking themselves, as they struggle with those rules and restrictions. Read more...

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