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.
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
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
- 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 on February 12, 2018.
- Forestry Program Needs Assessment Summary. A report prepared on February 12, 2018.
- 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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