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Wildfire Information


As parts of California continue to fight some of it's worst fires in recent history here's what you can do to stay prepared. 


Meet the staff

James A. Bethke is the County Director and Floriculture and Nursery Farm Advisor. He received his Master of Science degree in Entomology from UC Riverside in 1985. Currently he is working on several research projects to address the serious impacts on the ornamental industry due to a series of invasive pests.

James A Bethke

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One of the least-known treasure troves of information in San Diego County is that over two hundred Master Gardeners provide home gardening and pest control information throughout the county, FREE to the public. Master Gardeners are volunteers trained and supervised by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE).

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For staff directory or office address or phone number please use this link: Office Directory

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