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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.

Joint Forestry Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are now held quarterly on the second Tuesday of the month (Feb, May, Aug, Nov)

The next Forestry Committee meeting will be held via conference call on Tuesday, August 11th at 8am. Check back for the agenda and call in information.


Latest Forestry Committee News

CAL FIRE is requesting voluntary assistance through July 31, 2020 from resource professionals and others to assist in their conifer cone survey efforts. This request supports the CAL FIRE Seed Bank at the L.A. Moran Reforestation Center. Click here for the announcement.


UCCE & CARCD Forest Stewardship Workshop

University of California Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with CARCD and others, will be hosting a Forest Stewardship Workshop in September 2020. The goal of this workshop is to educate non-industrial forest landowners about forest stewardship and the components of developing a California Cooperative Management Plan and link them with local professional resources.  This is currently an in-person workshop, but may be adjusted, in part, to an online format depending on public health guidelines.

The State of California and many Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) have active forestry programs focused on assisting forest landowners to better manage their forest, watershed and wildlife resources. To increase efficiency and reduce redundancy, the CARCD Forestry Committee and the Statewide Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee joined together in May 2020 as one committee managed by the CARCD. The Joint CARCD Forestry Committee and Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee (Joint Forestry Committee) serves as an advisory body to the CARCD board of directors, to California’s RCDs, to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) 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.

Mission and Charter
The mission of the Joint 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 Joint Forestry Committee Charter was signed on May 13, 2020.
Current Appointed Members

Member Name

Organization

Tenure Through End of Year

Amanda McAdams USFS Agency Representative
Chris Zimny NRCS Agency Representative
Isabel Baer CA Dept of Fish & Wildlife Agency Representative
Jeannine Giuffre Tehachapi RCD 2021
Jenn Shepard CARCD 2021
Jerry Jensen American Forest Resource Council/RPF 2020
Jerry Reioux Joint Forestry Committee 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 Andre City of Arcata 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).

In the May of 2020, the CARCD Forestry Committee and the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee merged to become the Joint CARCD Forestry and Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee (Joint Forestry Committee). The below agendas predate that merger.

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).

In the May of 2020, the CARCD Forestry Committee and the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee merged to become the Joint CARCD Forestry and Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee (Joint Forestry Committee).

The below notes predate that merger.

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.

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.

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.

Forestry technical service providers (TSPs) offer services to non-industrial private forest landowners on behalf of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). TSPs help these producers plan, design, and implement conservation practices or develop conservation activity plans to improve their operations. TSPs expand the number and availability of conservation technical experts capable of offering customized, one-on-one conservation advice on behalf of the NRCS. Learn more about becoming a TSP by viewing this flyer.

The National Association of Conservation Districts wants to ensure forestry contacts are aware of their LinkedIn group for conservation district professionals doing forestry work. This is a great way to tap into a network of forestry professionals. To find the group, search “conservation district forestry professionals” in LinkedIn or click here to access the group.

University of California Cooperative Extension recorded a detailed prescribed fire workshop, which is now available online for free. The workshop provided attendees with the skills to develop smoke management plans, increase understanding of liability and permit development, and highlight management examples along with upcoming opportunities and policy changes. The workshop was intended for foresters, resource managers, and others with an interest in prescribed fire on private lands. Click here to view the online talks at your convenience.

Updated May 2020

News
  • April 30, 2020: The Forestry Committee was featured in the CARCD monthly news letter in the partner spotlight. Read a little about the Committee at this link

 

  • 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
Archive CARCD Forestry Committee 2017 - 2020

In the May of 2020, the CARCD Forestry Committee and the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee merged to become the Joint CARCD Forestry and Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee (Joint Forestry Committee). The below documents represent the mission and charter of the CARCD Forestry Committee (2017-2020).

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.

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.

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 Committee, its name is updated to the Joint CARCD Forestry and Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee since it now also serves as the lead for the California State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee (FSCC). The FSCC was established by the federal Forest Stewardship Act of 1990 (16 USC 2113), which amended the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, and requires states to form a committee to ensure a coordinated and cooperative federal, state and local forest program for the management and enhancement of forest lands, among other purposes. At the request of the State Forester, this unique partnership between CARCD and CAL FIRE was established in January 1998 to reduce duplicative efforts and gain efficiencies.

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