Photo of dead trees in the Central Sierra mountains

Forestry issues in California are many, complex, and continually changing. From the statewide to the local level, the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) participates in identifying and creating solutions to these issues.

The next Forestry Committee meeting is scheduled for November 14, 2018 in San Diego. Click here to see the Agenda.

Many Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) have active forestry programs focused on assisting forest landowners to better manage their forest and wildlife resources. CARCD encourages sustainable forest management practices. The CARCD Forestry Committee was formed to serve as an advisory body to the CARCD board of directors, to California’s RCDs, and to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to address statewide forestry issues and opportunities. The Committee’s mission is to provide expertise, advice and support to conserve, restore and sustain the health, diversity and productivity of California’s forested landscapes.

Forestry Committee Mission & Charter
The mission of the CARCD Forestry Committee is to provide expertise, advice, and support to conserve, restore, and sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of California’s forested landscapes.

The Forestry Committee Charter was finalized on February 15, 2018.

Current Appointed Members

Member Name


Chris Zimny NRCS Agency Representative
Elizabeth Betancourt Western Shasta RCD
Jeannine Giuffre Tehachapi RCD
Jerry Jensen American Forest Resource Council/RPF
John Henshaw Napa County Land Trust / Registered Professional Forester
Jonathan Barrett RCD of Tehama County
Lauren Hubert Sierra Foothill Conservancy
Laurie Tippin, Committee Chair Honey Lake Valley RCD
Mark Egbert El Dorado County RCD
Mary Mayeda Mendocino County RCD
Matthew Brown USFS Agency Rep
Mike De Lasaux NorCal SAF/RPF
Paul Mason Pacific Forest Trust
Pete Johnson Registered Professional Forester / Consulting Forester
Phillip Noia Feather River RCD
Sandra Lupien SapphirePine / Forest Products Ind
Sheryl Landrum RCD of Greater San Diego County
Stephen Jones, Committee Vice Chair Placer County RCD
Steve Haze Sierra RCD
Stewart McMorrow CAL FIRE Agency Representative
Susie Kirschner Inland Empire RCD
Meeting Minutes
Needs Assessments


Assistance to Landowners

Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP): EFRP is a program of the Farm Service Agency and helps the owners of non-industrial private forests restore forest health damaged by natural disasters. The EFRP does this by authorizing payments to owners of private forests to restore disaster damaged forests.

EQIP CFIP EFRP Crosswalk: This document provides an overview of landowner forestry assistance programs that RCD staff may find useful.



The CARCD Board of Directors has sponsored a forestry committee for several decades to provide expertise, advice, and support to private landowners and partners. Formerly known as the CARCD Forestry and Fuels Committee, the CARCD Forestry Committee served a secondary purpose as the co-lead with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) of the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee (FSCC) from 1998 to early 2017. As of June 2017, the CARCD Forestry Committee relinquished its co-lead responsibility associated with the FSCC but remains an appointed and active member of the FSCC. The change was made to streamline functions, clarify requirements and improve operations of each separate committee.

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