Photo of dead trees in the Central Sierra mountains

Forestry issues in California are wide-spread, complex, and continually changing. From the state 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 will be held via video conference on Thursday, April 16th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Please view the meeting agenda and information on accessing the video conference here.

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, & Action Plan
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.

The Forestry Committee Action Plan was finalized on June 5th, 2019 and updated December 26th, 2019. The Action Plan will guide the Committee in providing the most meaningful support & assistance to RCDs. The actions, timelines & responsibilities outlined in the plan will meet this purpose.

The 2019 Accomplishment Report details actions taken towards the Forestry Committee Action Plan in 2019.

Current Appointed Members

Member Name

Organization

Tenure Through End of Year

Amanda McAdams USFS Agency Representative
Chris Zimny NRCS Agency Representative
Jeannine Giuffre Tehachapi RCD 2021
Jenn Shepard CARCD 2021
Jerry Jensen American Forest Resource Council/RPF 2020
Jerry Reioux FSCC Admin Exec 2021
John Henshaw Napa County Land Trust / Registered Professional Forester 2021
Jonathan Barrett RCD of Tehama County 2020
Lauren Miller Sierra Foothill Conservancy 2021
Laurie Tippin, Committee Chair Honey Lake Valley RCD 2021
Mark Egbert, Committee Vice Chair El Dorado County RCD 2020
Mary Mayeda Mendocino County RCD 2021
Paul Mason Pacific Forest Trust 2021
Pete Johnson Registered Professional Forester / Consulting Forester 2020
Phillip Noia Feather River RCD 2021
Sheryl Landrum RCD of Greater San Diego County 2020
Stephen Jones Placer County RCD 2021
Steve Haze Sierra RCD 2021
Stewart McMorrow CAL FIRE Agency Representative
Susie Kirschner Inland Empire RCD 2020

 

Agendas

As of February 2020, the Committee meets quarterly on the second Tuesday of the second month in the quarter (Feb, May, Aug, Nov).

Meeting Minutes

As of February 2020, the Committee meets quarterly on the second Tuesday of the second month in the quarter (Feb, May, Aug, Nov).

Needs Assessments

The El Dorado County Resource Conservation District Collaborative Reforestation Program Reforestation Needs Assessment was published in June 2018. For questions or copies of the El Dorado County Resource Conservation District Collaborative Reforestation Program Reforestation Needs Assessment document, please contact El Dorado County RCD District Manager Mark Egbert at (530) 303-5328 or e-mail Mark.Egbert@ca.usda.gov.

Initial Forestry Assessment Responses. A report prepared by the committee on February 12, 2018.

Forestry Program Needs Assessment Summary. A report prepared by the committee on February 12, 2018.

Forest Landowner and Homeowner Resources

CAL FIRE’s Forest Resource Protection and Improvement (CFIP) programs offer a variety of services and funding opportunities to encourage public and private investment in, and improved management of, California forest land and resources. The website provides links to their forestry programs, including landowner assistance, urban & community forestry, forest pest management and others.

  • Mariposa RCD put together an educational video about CAL FIRE’s CFIP landowner cost-share program. Watch the video HERE.

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.

Mariposa County RCD YouTube Channel – Reducing Wildfire Danger: Mariposa County RCD has launched a YouTube channel with videos for homeowners who want to reduce the risk of wildfire on their property. The videos were created from presentations given by local experts— CAL FIRE, University of California Cooperative Extension, fire history expert George Gruell, and others — and have been approved for content by CAL FIRE. There are 14 videos online, and more will be added based on viewer feedback and as new information becomes available.

NRCS California State Office provides a variety of technical and financial assistance to forest landowners.

UCCE Forest Stewardship Workshops for Landowners will help landowners develop plans to improve and protect their forest lands in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner. The workshops will address management objectives and planning, forest restoration, fuels reduction, project development, permitting, and cost-share opportunities. Participants will connect with other landowners and learn how to collect information to develop their own management plans.

University of California Cooperative Extension extends its resources to help forest landowners solve their natural resource problems. The resources they provide to forest landowners is diverse from research publications to educational opportunities to technical and financial assistance programs.

The US Forest Service helps ensure that private landowners have access to technical, educational and financial assistance to achieve their unique objectives and to keep forests sustainable and working for everyone. The nationwide website provides links to a variety of cooperative forestry and fire programs for landowners. California-specific cooperative forestry programs may offer additional opportunities for financial and technical support to forest landowners.

 

Updated March 2020

RCD Forestry Resources

CARCD Guide to Forest and Fire Project Opportunities.  The guide details local, state, and federal  project opportunities for forest, fire, and fuels. The guide outlines different ways RCDs can approach funding for forestry work and includes one page overviews of community wildfire protection plans, USFS good neighbor authority and master stewardship agreements, and direct contracting with state agencies.

California’s Forest Management Task Force was organized to protect the environmental quality, public health, and economic benefits that healthy forests provide to California. The Task Force aims to increase the rate of forest treatments and expand state wood product markets through innovation, assistance, and investment. Regional prioritization groups and topic specific working groups provide opportunities for RCDs to shape forest management in the state.

California Fire Safe Council Brochures are available digitally and in print. The brochures include information and resources about maintaining defensible space and home hardening.

Fire Safe Councils are often key partners to RCDs in the area of forestry and fire resilience. At least fourteen RCDs have been involved in championing Fire Safe Councils (FSC) in their local districts. Some even act as their FSC’s administrative home. Others are involved in starting the FSCs and then collaborate to provide services like chipping and technical assistance once they are established. If you are interested in starting a Fire Safe Council, reach out to the RCDs on this list to learn more.

 

Updated March 2020

News
  • Nov 2019: In November of 2019 the Western Shasta RCD hosted a joint CARCD Forestry Committee and Statewide Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee forest health field tour. Click here to read the article.

 

  • Nov. 12, 2018: In November of 2018 the RCD of Greater San Diego County hosted a joint CARCD Forestry Committee and Statewide Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee forest health field tour. Click here to read the article.

History

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.

For questions, comments or requests for information, please email forestry-committee@carcd.org.