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Introducing our New Fire Advisor, Alison Deak

Alison Deak, Fire Advisor
Alison Deak, Fire Advisor
We are very excited to introduce the New Fire Advisor Alison Deak. Alison joined the University of California Cooperative Extension as a Fire Advisor based in Mariposa, and also covering Madera and Fresno counties. Alison graduated from the University of Oregon with Master’s degrees in Nonprofit Management and Geography. Her thesis research focused on modeling the long-term effects of prescribed fire on forests in the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon and California. Throughout graduate school, she worked as a research assistant at the Ecosystem Workforce Program, a natural resources-based social science institute at the University of Oregon, where she researched how organizations are working across boundaries to mitigate wildfire risk, the impacts of wildfire smoke on communities, and socioeconomic monitoring of landscape restoration projects. Prior to graduate school, Alison worked as a wildland firefighter with the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. 

Alison is passionate about restoring fire-adapted ecosystems and empowering people through learning how to live with wildfire. She is focused on developing programming aimed at wildfire recovery on private lands, expanding the use of prescribed fire, and creating safer communities through defensible space and cost-effective home hardening techniques.

UCCE Mariposa County

Across California, the University of California’s 64 Cooperative Extension offices are local problem-solving centers. We are the bridge between local issues and the power of UC research. Our county-based staff is part of the community – we live and work in the areas we serve.

More than 300 campus-based specialists and county-based farm, home and youth advisors work as teams to bring practical, unbiased, science-based answers to solve problems across California.

As part of the agricultural community, we help farmers develop more-efficient growing methods, solve pest management problems and develop crops and irrigation methods that use less water.

As stewards of the land, we help develop smart water-use strategies, develop wildfire education and help preserve natural areas and farmland.

As advocates for healthy communities, we promote healthy diets and exercise for better health, and help shape the citizens of tomorrow through the 4-H Youth Development Program.

And thousands of volunteers extend the reach of our work through the Master Gardener Program and the California 4-H Youth Development Program.

We work in full partnership with federal, state, county and private resources.

We are stewards, problem-solvers, catalysts, collaborators and educators.

We are UC Cooperative Extension.

Contact Information

UCCE Mariposa County
5009 Fairgrounds Road
Mariposa, CA 95338-9435

(209) 966-2417 Phone

(209) 966-5321 Fax

Director:
Fadzayi Mashiri, PhD.

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