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					Volume 68, Number 1                                                                                                            Winter 2008

        Proposed Sale of the SAF                                               2008 National SAF Convention Update
  Campus to Nations Academy - Announced                                                         by Mike DeLasaux
SAF Executive Vice President and CEO Michael Goergen                        The 2008 SAF Convention will be in Reno from Novem-
announced December 7, 2007 that Nations Academy an-                         ber 5 to 9. It’s going to be a great Convention. Planning is
nounced their intention to purchase the 35-acre site that has               well underway and the dedicated SAF members who are
been home to the Society of American Foresters and the                      involved are doing a fantastic job. Information about the
Natural Renewable Resources Foundation since 1973.                          Convention can be found at
Goergen said, “Not only is the proposed deal a financial win
                                                                            The Reno Convention is being hosted by 3 different SAF
for SAF, the buyer will be putting the land to an excellent
                                                                            Societies: Intermountain, Northern California and South-
use – creating the Washington, DC-area campus of a world
                                                                            ern California. The Washington Office of SAF and their
class, global private school system, preserving forested views
                                                                            staff keeps the planning focused and moving forward. This
and parks for the community, and making the historic Gif-
                                                                            has already been a fantastic opportunity to meet and col-
ford Pinchot Forestry Building the core of their quad of edu-
                                                                            laborate with forestry professionals from near and far.
cation buildings.
                                                                            Over the past year, with input from membership, the plan-
The sale will enable the Society of American Foresters to                   ning team identified the theme of, “Forestry in a Climate of
establish long-term financial security, including enhancing                 Change”. Since that time keynote and general session pre-
                                             (“Sale” Continued on page 5)                                  (“Convention” Continued on page 12)

                       Allstate Foundation Donates $25,000 for Wildfire Education
                                                        By Beth Brenner, Allstate
                                                        The Forest Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating
                                                        Californians about forests, today announced a $25,000 grant from the
                                                        Allstate Foundation to help promote and distribute a booklet about forests
                                                        and the state’s wildfire crisis.
                                                        The wildfire booklet – “Protecting Communities And Saving Forests:
                                                        Solving the Wildfire Crisis Through Restoration Forestry” – was written
                                                        by Dr. Thomas Bonnicksen, Ph.D., a noted forestry expert whose work
                                                        for more than 35 years emphasizes the history and restoration of North
                                                        America’s forests.

                                                   “The Allstate Foundation is pleased to support the efforts of the Forest
Beth Brenner with the Allstate Foundation and Donn Foundation as it works to educate communities about fire risks and ways
Zea, President of the Forest Foundation            to lessen that risk,” said Robert H. Barge, III, field vice president for
                                                   Allstate in California . “We are dedicated to helping Californians be pre-
pared by taking steps to help protect their families, homes and communities from the potentially devastating effects of
catastrophic wildfires like those we saw this fall in Southern California .”
                                                                                                             (“Education” Continued on page 8)

  Winter 2008                                                                                                              Page 1
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 Letter from the Editor
 Thanks once again to all those who contributed to
 the Winter 2008 NorCal SAF newsletter! I really                                          Election Results
 enjoyed working on this issue. In 2007, it took
 me a few issues to adjust to familiarize myself
                                                                                      2008 NorCal SAF
 with the newsletter but it has been very enjoy-
 I would especially like to thank Heather Morrison
 and Sherry Cooper for all there advice and help                                   Chair Elect:
 with the printing and distribution of the news-                                   Donna Dekker-Robertson
 letter. In addition, I would like to thank all
 those who contributed articles and purchased ad-
 vertisements. Your support keeps the newsletter
                                                                                   Geoff Kaeberle
 If you missed contributing to the Winter 2008,
 there is still time to submit articles or pur-
 chase an advertisements for the Spring issue, the                                 Treasurer:
 deadline is March 15th! Have a healthy and happy                                  Brad Seaberg

 Karin Louise Linnen

 NorCal SAF Newsletter
 P.O. Box 3386
 Walnut Creek, CA 94598
 Karin Linnen, Editor
 NorCal SAF Newsletter is published
 quarterly by the
 NorCal Society of American Foresters

 The NorCal SAF Newsletter welcomes letters from its readers. Correspondence should refer to articles published in the past
 3 months, to general professional discussions or events, or to SAF policies and activities. Letters should be approximately
 300 words in length (about one double-spaced, typed page) and are published as space permits. Note: Letters may be edited
 for length, clarity, style, and to avoid duplication. Letters deemed to be personal attacks will not be published. Prior to pub-
 lication, cited individuals are offered the opportunity to review letters pertaining to them or their work; if they choose, they
 can respond to those letters that contain errors of fact or interpretation. Such responses are limited to approximately 200
 words—these responses will usually be published in the following issue.

 Opinion Editorials:
 Readers are welcome to submit commentaries (opinion-editorials) for possible publication in the NorCal SAF Newsletter.
 Commentaries should focus on specific issues or concerns relevant to the forestry profession or SAF. They should be no
 longer than 500 words in length and will be published as space permits. Note: Commentaries may be edited for clarity,
 length, style, grammar, and to avoid duplication.

 The NorCal Newsletter is published quarterly by the Northern California Society of American Foresters (NorCal SAF), P.O.
 Box 339, Camptonville, CA 95922. The NorCal SAF Newsletter provides SAF members and other natural resource profes-
 sionals with news of NorCal SAF activities and policies as well as other developments within the forestry profession. It con-
 tains statements from a variety of spokespersons and, as space permits, letters to the editor. The opinions expressed in arti-
 cles, commentaries, and opinion–editorials do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of SAF.

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                                                Job Announcement
Forester—Natural Resources Division has been given approval to hire a Forester I. The Forester I’s primary responsibil-
ity will be with prescribed fire management but the incumbent will also share responsibilities with me in forest/woodland
vegetation management, tree hazard, pest management, and wildfire management. NRD is looking for a young Forester
who could make a career in natural ecosystem management, so obviously we would want a person who gets along well
with park staff. For more information contact Stephen Bakken, California State Parks Forester (916) 654-9934
Forestry Technician—The Conservation Fund is seeking a forest technician to provide field support for their North
Coast Forestry Department (Caspar, CA). Responsibilities include THP prep, watercourse classification, timber marking,
road assessments, wildlife assessments/botanical assessments. Qualifications: Valid California Driver’s License and safe
driving record, good writing and organizational skills and previous experience providing field forestry services. Must be
familiar with CA forest practice regulations, have a desire to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to
sustainable forestry. A degree in forest management, wildlife management or a related field is desired but not required. A
complete benefits package including health insurance, life insurance, retirement, paid vacation and continuing education
opportunities. Qualified candidates should send resume with cover letter indicating salary requirements to: The Conserva-
tion Fund, Attn: Human Resources, 14951 A Casper Road, Box 50, Casper, CA 95420; Fax: 866-426-4496; Email: ca- EOE

                         Forestry Events Calendar for Winter 2008
Feb. 5-7      Board of Forestry, Sacramento
Feb.7-9       Sierra Cascade Logging Conference (Anderson, CA) (530) 365-1173,
Feb. 28-29    Pacific Northwest Timberlands: A Changing Industry (Portland, OR) (800) 574-4852
              CLFA Gil Murray Memorial Ski Race, (Mt. Shasta, CA) Hazel Jackson, (209) 293-7323,
Mar. 1(tentative)
Mar. 4-6      Board of Forestry, Sacramento.
Mar. 6        CLFA Spring Workshop, (Sacramento, CA) Hazel Jackson, (209) 293-7323,
Mar. 7-8      CLFA Annual Conference, (Sacramento, CA) Hazel Jackson, (209) 293-7323,
Mar. 20-22    Redwood Region Logging Conference (Ukiah, CA) Katherine Ziemer (707) 443-4091,
Mar. 31-Apr 6 Forest Conservation Days (Saratoga, CA): Heather Morrison,, (800) 738-TREE,
April 4       Helicopter Logging Workshop, (Sacramento, CA) (541) 754-7558,
May 6-8       Board of Forestry, (Sacramento, CA)
June 15-21    Plumas FIT (Meadow Valley, CA) Heather Morrison, (530) 288-3531,
June 22-28    Tuolumne FIT (Pinecrest, CA) Heather Morrison, (530) 288-3531,

Winter 2008                                                                                                    Page 3
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                               UPDATES FROM THE CHAPTERS
   Sacramento-Tahoe SAF                 announced that Karen Jones, Silvicul-      career in forestry. He has had summer
                                        turist from the American River Ranger      employment with forestry related jobs.
         Chapter                        District of the Tahoe National Forest      He will use the $400 scholarship to
   Joanne Drummond, vice-Chair          was among the nine field foresters to      assist with his class work at Reedley
                                        receive the 2007 Presidential Field        Community College. Funding for this
Our chapter continues to slowly grow
                                        Forester Award. According to John          award is from the chapter’s annual
and we actively engage in new mem-
                                        McMahon, President of SAF, Karen           turkey shoot. Turkey Shoot Proceeds
ber recruitment. We’ve been fortunate
                                        was recognized by her peers for her        go to the Cecil Metcalf Memorial
to have strong leadership over years
                                        innovative methods and record of ex-       Scholarship Fund for a Reedley For-
past to keep the chapter strong. We
                                        cellence in the practice of forestry       estry student. There was also a silent
have elected our officers for the 2008
                                        management. Karen has spent much of        auction.
year with a couple of new people vol-
                                        her time focusing on post-fire restora-
unteering. With a changing of offi-
                                        tion and fuel reduction in the wildland-   The November meeting was held in
cers, we’d like to give special thanks
                                        urban interface.                           Fresno. The guest speaker for the eve-
to our past Chairman, Brian Barrette
                                                                                   ning was Dave Bartlett, Chief of the
and Secretary, Stephen Jones.
                                               High Sierra Chapter                 Fire and Aviation Management Branch
They’ve given many hours of service
                                          By Thomas W. Catchpole, Education        for Sequoia and Kings Canyon Na-
and actively promoted SAF with col-
                                                  Committee Chairman               tional Parks. Dave’s presentation was
leagues. We know they will continue
                                                                                   on fire and fuels management needs in
to serve as mentors to our new offi-
                                                                                   the park, “Appropriate Management
cers, but truly deserve recognition for The October dinner meeting was held
                                        in Clovis, CA. The guest speaker for       Response (AMR), Decision Making in
their long standing commitment.
                                        the evening was Dave Martin, Bass          Fuels and Fire Management at Sequoia
Our 2008 officers are: Joanne Drum- Lake District Ranger from North Fork.          and Kings Canyon National Parks”, or
mond, with the Fire Safe Council of     His presentation was several hazard        “How do you decide to, ‘Light it’,
Nevada County, Chair; Tom Blush,        reduction and forest health projects on    ‘Fight it’ or ‘Let it Go”.
with the USFS Institute of Forest Ge- his district. The projects involve the
netics, Vice-Chair; John Melvin, with reduction of fuel loading by thinning        The call for Chapters Officers for 2008
CAL FIRE, Secretary; and Rich Wade, from below and improving the overall           was announced. The positions of
with Sierra Pacific Industries, Treas-  forest health by over story thinning.      Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and
urer.                                   He also discussed the NEPA points          Treasurer need to be filled. (Editor’s
                                        that are being addressed as well as the    note: at press time, all positions have
We raised over $850 for our scholar-    cooperation from local fire-safe coun-     been filled)
ship through a fundraising effort and   cils. This discussion brought out many
are actively looking for students to    points of interest to private, federal
support.                                and state foresters and those involved
                                        in fire prevention and fire suppression
Relatively new Sac-Tahoe members        who were in attendance.
John Pickett and Jim Pena are both
involved with the Tahoe Blue Ribbon The 2007 Cecil Metcalf Memorial
Tahoe Blue Ribbon Commission.           Scholarship was awarded to Nathan
Written input was provided to them by Holmen, a Reedley College Forestry
our Chair, Brian Barrette in the fall.  and Natural Resource Management
We also have a number of USFS mem- student. Nathan is a Reedley native
bers participating in the hearings.     and a 1999 graduate of Reedley High
                                        School. He has always been interested
We’re extremely proud of our chapter, in the outdoors, working with renew-
but particularly of Karen Jones! SAF    able resources and is working toward a

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                                       Featured Forester - Gina Lopez
                 Undergraduate student in B.S. Forestry & Natural Resources at UC Berkeley

                                      Germany: Where                venture. And it’s liberating being so far from the familiar
                                                                    (despite the McDonald’s downtown).
                                      it all began, Georg
                                      August University             Yet the down-home feeling of forestry doesn’t change among
                                                                    cultures. At the beginning of the semester, I participated in the
                                      in Göttingen                  new-forestry-student traditions. Some of us planted lindens—
                                        Treading narrow paths       Germany’s revered trees—in the University Botanical Garden,
                                        along cliffs precariously   which surrounds and is integrated into the natural science part of
                                        overlooking pointy Picea    the university. After the tree planting, all 150 of us and some
                                        tree tops, we came to a     upperclassmen had a barbeque and of course there was plenty of
                                        pause atop a large rocky    beer. See, forestry students in Germany really aren’t that differ-
                                        outcrop. Looking out to     ent. Another similarity between us is that we often look as
                                        the forest’s expanse, the   though we’re ready to go out into the field. However, here one
                                        farms and villages in the   could actually easily ditch class to go fishing, hunting, or hiking
                                        distance, and hearing the   behind campus in the Göttinger Forest, where labs also take
                                        foreign tongue of my for-   place.
                                        estry colleagues, it hit me:
                                        I’m in Germany, where the Well, the trees are bare, the days are short, the weather’s chilly,
  Gina Lopez and Riesen-                roots of forestry are deep. and the Glühwein (traditional Christmas drink) is hot. It’s winter
  Mammutbaum (Sequoiadendron                                         in Göttingen. My first day of winter in Germany was spent in
  giganteum) in the University Bo- I’m spending my last un-          Tharandt, the Quincy of East Germany. Some of us forestry stu-
  tanical Garden                        dergraduate semester at      dents visited our colleagues from Dresden Technical University.
Georg August University in Göttingen (central Germany)               They welcomed us into their homes, showed us their school (the
through the University of California’s Education Abroad Pro-         2nd oldest forestry school in the world), took us out on the town,
gram. I’ve taken four semesters of German so that I could study and on a hike through the Sächsische Schweiz, on the border of
forestry in the place where forestry originated. However, the        Czechoslovakia. It’s the same hospitality I’ve experienced from
only Forestry German I knew is Krummholz. But the professors my Cal Poly and Humboldt colleagues at NorCal SAF meetings
are patient and explain until I understand. My classmates are        and logging sports conclaves. There is something about forestry
also willing to help. And if all else fails, we speak English. This people: that it doesn’t matter where in the world you go, whether
can be frustrating sometimes, but it’s a part of the adventure.      student or professional, you’re “one of the family”.
Going on weekend trips to the woods or to the big cities like Ber-
lin, even buying real German bread at the bakery is also an ad-      *Gina is also receiving a B.A. in German from UC Berkeley

(“Sale” Continued from page 1)
SAF’s reserves, and enabling the organiza-
                                                          Come and Volunteer at Forest Conservation Days (FCD)
tion to focus resources and dues on our core
mission.”                                                               March 31 to April 6, 2008 at Sanborn Park
                                                                            in beautiful Saratoga, California
The SAF Board of Directors has convened a
Task Force to look into relocation issues as it            Share your knowledge of forestry with local 5th graders, help repre-
strives to find a new home that will convey                sent SAF to public and register early for low cost or free over night
the right image – that SAF is a world-class,                                       accommodations.
professional organization with much to con-
tribute to the national debate and understand-                               For more information visit
ing of natural resource issues. In the coming             or contact
month the Task Force will solicit members                      FCD coordinator: Thomas Catchpole, at 559-855-2194 or
for input, and invite all of its members to                          
participate in this exciting process as the So-
ciety of American Foresters starts a new
chapter of their history.

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          Wood for a Cooler Planet                              a tree, and does so more effectively.

                      By Darcy Brown                        Using wood also helps save energy. Many sawmills run
                                                            their entire operations off energy produced from wood
 It’s virtually impossible not to contribute to the buildup scraps – clean energy that doesn’t burn fossil fuels. Some
 of greenhouses gases being blamed for global warming. mills even make additional electricity available on Cali-
 Just about everything we do, from turning on the lights to fornia’s power grid to replace carbon-spewing coal-based
 going to the movies, releases carbon dioxide.              energy.

 Some people ease their guilt by sponsoring the planting      Plus, using more wood can mean using less plastic, steel
 of a tree to minimize their “carbon footprint.” This mod-    and concrete – energy-intensive materials whose manu-
 ern form of repentance may help them sleep at night, but     facturing processes emit greenhouse gas emissions. So
 is it the best way to address global warming?                whereas pouring a patio causes an increase in greenhouse
                                                              gases, building a typical redwood deck stores about a
 It seems logical enough. After all, trees do absorb carbon half-ton of carbon.
 dioxide, store the carbon in wood fibers and release oxy-
 gen. It’s called photosynthesis, and it’s how trees natu-    For Californians, choosing California grown wood has
 rally help clean the air.                                    the greatest effect on fighting global warming. Buying
                                                              California grown can reduce our dependence on imports,
 But tree sponsors don’t always get the results they ex-      which means burning fewer fossil fuels to bring wood to
 pect. Planting trees in and of itself it may not reduce car- market. California now imports roughly 75 percent of its
 bon emissions at all.                                        wood, much of it from places with far fewer environ-
                                                              mental protections in place.
 Trees planted today will die some day. When they de-
 compose, the carbon they removed from the air while          California’s forestry laws, for instance, protect water
 they were growing gets released back into the atmos-         quality, wildlife habitat and soil resources. They require
 phere. There’s no net carbon reduction. Only when you        that private forestlands be managed sustainably, with
 do something with the wood do you get the tree’s full        growth exceeding harvest so our forests will stand tall
 global cooling benefit.                                      and productive for generations.

 That’s why spending $100 just to plant a tree sounds         Contrast that to tropical forests where deforestation ac-
 funny to forestry students like me – kind of like paying     counts for a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emis-
 top dollar to walk into a play in the middle of act two and sions.
 leaving before act three begins.
                                                              Consider, too, the alternative to harvesting trees. With
 California’s foresters plant trees as part of a cycle that   harvesting down about 90 percent on California’s public
 removes millions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air      forestlands and 60 percent on private forestlands during
 every year. That cycle conserves water quality and wild- the last 20 years, many forests have become dangerously
 life habitat, and includes harvesting trees after their peak overgrown. More than 350,000 acres have burned this
 carbon-absorbing years to store the carbon in wood prod- year alone, and more than 2 million acres have gone up
 ucts like lumber and furniture for homes. On private for- in smoke since 2000.
 estland, harvested sites are replanted to continue the cy-
 cle and remove more carbon dioxide.                          That smoke is just as nasty as it looks, too. Wildfire
                                                              smoke often drifts across thousands of miles, releasing
 The cycle is ultimately influenced by consumers, and         millions of tons of carbon and particulate pollutants as it
 therein lies the golden opportunity to reduce greenhouse fouls the air for weeks at a time.
 gas emissions.
                                                              There’s a better way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
 It comes down to supply and demand. The greater the          than sponsoring a single tree. California’s forestlands
 demand for wood, the more trees are planted. Buying          have the potential to remove an additional 10 million
 wood products accomplishes the objective of sponsoring                                           (“Wood” Continued on page 9)

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                                               NorCal SAF Office Update
                                  By Heather Morrison, NorCal SAF Executive Director

Forestry Institute for Teachers                                     NorCal SAF is comprised of 11 chapters, of which 4 are
                                                                    inactive. Chapters can meet on a monthly basis, or when-
The dates for next year’s sessions have been set!!
                                                                    ever possible. Some chapters even hold their meetings in
                      Plumas FIT June 15-21, 2008                   conjunction with CLFA breakfast meetings. The only re-
                      Tuolumne FIT June 22-28, 2008                 quirement is that chapters hold at least one meeting a year.
                       Shasta FIT   July 6-12, 2008
                      Humboldt FIT July 13-19, 2008                 The following chapters are currently inactive:

If you know of any teachers who may be interested in at-                Jedidiah Smith Chapter (Humboldt, Del Norte and
tending one of these sessions, please have them call the                western Trinity counties)
NorCal office. Or, if you would like to help promote the                Redwood Coast Chapter (Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma
program by distributing our applications to a local school              counties)
please let me know. The deadline to apply remains March                 Monterey Bay Chapter (Monterey, San Benito,
15, so encourage any interested individuals to apply early!             Santa Cruz counties)
Brochures are available through this office or one can apply            Peter Lassen Chapter (Modoc, Lassen, Plumas coun-
online at the FIT website.                                              ties).
                                                                        Bay Area Chapter (Alameda, Contra Costa, San
Although this program is a huge success, it is important to             Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Yolo counties)
remember that this program is entirely funded through the
generous donations of companies, foundations, organiza-             If you are interested in getting these chapters activated and
tions and individuals. The costs to send one teacher to FIT         charged, let me know! It can be very rewarding heading up
(includes meals, lodging, curriculum materials, transporta-         a chapter or just serving as an officer.
tion, stipend, insurance, administrative costs like promotion,
application processing, etc.) are approximately $1,300. We          CDF Contract: Forest Stewardship Helpline
expect to have 110 teachers annually. If you know of any-       The recent fires in southern California have meant a rash of
one who may be interested in sponsoring a teacher (or even      calls to the Helpline, from Heinz Tomato Company wanting
¼ or ½ a teacher), please let me know or get him or her in      to donate money to replant trees and landowners looking for
contact with the NorCal SAF office. This is a wonderful         free removal of their fire dead trees. In all cases I have re-
program well worth sponsorship.                                 ferred them to the southern California CAL FIRE Forestry
                                                                Assistant Specials, their local Resource Conservation Dis-
FIT also relies upon the many professionals who volunteer trict, the MAST website or the San Diego Firestorm 2007
their time to interact and talk to the participants. These dis- Recovery website (see below for URL’s). I have also had
cussions are so vital to FIT, as we have seen again and again long heart to heart discussions with people, some who be-
on the evaluations given to us by participants. Please con-     lieve that fire resistant plants will not burn no matter what,
sider helping out at any of the sessions!                       or that we should plant non-native vegetation rather than
                                                                native plants since it seems native plants burn (who knows
The FIT website has been updated and can be viewed at:          where this reasoning comes from), and even one gentleman                                      who asked me if the anyone ever considered thinning the
                                                                forests since research has shown it reduces fire intensity and
NorCal SAF                                                      so on (this last comment generated a lot of discussion on my
As the holiday season and year end approaches, , the NorCal part). In the end, I hope the residents and landowners whose
SAF office has been a bustle trying to wrap up last minute      properties burn are able to successfully take care of their
reports for FIT and to prepare for our annual winter meeting land.
in February. Along with these projects, elections have been
ongoing for various positions in the Executive Committee        On another note, as part of the CDF contract, NorCal SAF is
and each of the chapters.                                                                         (“Office Update” Continued on page 9)

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                                                              sive beetles pose special challenges. The Mediterranean
           Forest Pest Management Update                      pine engraver and red-haired pine bark beetle have
         By Karen Jones, NorCal Forest Pest Chair             caused economic losses in Monterey pine plantations in
                                                              the Southern Hemisphere by killing drought- and fire-
   The California Forest Pest Council met in Woodland in      stressed trees and the pine shoot beetle is affecting
   November for the 2007 Annual Meeting. New and note- Christmas trees in North America. For information on
   worthy forest health conditions were reported and cli-     hosts, areas of concern, identification and management
   mate change and the climate’s influences on forest in-     go to this site to download the leaflet: http://
   sects and pathogens were shared. It’s clear that as pro-
   fessional foresters, we all have a role in enabling for-
   est ecosystems to respond to climate change. For more The Forest Pest Conditions in California 2006 is out.
   information including research and briefs go to http://    Go to                  pestconditions/ for the report. The report is compiled
                                                              for public and private forest land managers to keep them
   The Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet 176, “Invasive       informed of conditions on forested land in California.
   Bark Beetles” was published this summer. The leaflet       This report describes the important forest insect and dis-
   highlights four invasive bark beetles including the Medi- ease conditions in California in 2006. Included is infor-
   terranean pine engraver, red-haired pine bark beetle, pine mation on bark beetles, defoliators, dwarf mistletoes,
   shoot beetle and the banded elm bark beetle. These inva- declines and root diseases, foliage, rust and canker dis-

   (“Education” Continued from page 1)

   “We are extremely grateful to the Allstate
   Foundation for supporting our efforts to edu-
   cate Californians,” said Donn Zea, President
   of the Forest Foundation. “They have dem-
   onstrated their great commitment by spon-
   soring various initiatives to encourage safe
   and vital communities. We are very pleased
   to partner with them in promoting our wild-
   fire booklet.”

   For more information on the Forest Founda-
   tion or to view the booklet online, please
   visit You may ob-
   tain copies by writing to the Forest Founda-
   tion at 853 Lincoln Way, Suite 208 , Au-
   burn , CA 95603 .

   About The Allstate Foundation
   The Allstate Foundation is an independent,
   charitable organization made possible by the
   Allstate Corporation. Allstate and The
   Allstate Foundation sponsor community ini-
   tiatives to promote “safe and vital communi-
   ties; “tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and
   “economic empowerment.” The Allstate
   Foundation believes in the financial potential
   of every individual and in helping America
   ’s families achieve their American dream.

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                                                NORCAL SAF Newsletter

                                               Letter from the Chair
                                          By Mike DeLasaux, NorCal SAF Chair

I am honored and humbled to serve as Chair of the North-      teered your knowledge, skills and time to these exemplary
ern California Society of American Foresters in 2008.         educational events you’re missing out; to turn a well
NorCal SAF has a strong and impressive record of fulfill-     known phrase regarding rubber and the road, its where the
ing the mission of advancing the science, education, tech-    sun light meets the chloroplasts. Come shine a little of
nology, and practice of forestry for society.                 your personal light.
As you know SAF is a volunteer based organization that
                                                           Planning for and providing the Convention and providing
depends upon your personal and professional desire to
                                                           another year of FCD and FIT will be a noteworthy record
contribute and be a part of the fulfillment of our mission.
                                                           of accomplishment, no question. Yet there is one more
What we get from SAF is directly proportional to what we
                                                           opportunity that I would like to address in 2008. I would
give. The more we give as a membership the stronger we
                                                           like to lead NorCal SAF in finding opportunities to col-
will be.
                                                           laborate with the California Licensed Foresters Associa-
                                                           tion. Our respective goals are very similar and yet we are
In 2008 we will be continuing our mission and building
                                                           splintered in our efforts to achieve them. For example,
upon our record. The 2008 Convention in Reno from No-
                                                           our educational programs could be that much stronger if
vember 5th to 9th will require increased support from of
                                                           they were done in partnership with CLFA. Forestry 101
our membership. Already, there are many dedicated Nor-
                                                           for California legislators is one great example of an exist-
Cal SAF members who have been collaborating with the
                                                           ing collaboration with CLFA. It is likely that I am not the
Intermountain SAF and the SoCal SAF to plan for the
                                                           first NorCal SAF member to suggest this opportunity. I
Reno Convention. There are additional opportunities to
                                                           hope that other NorCal SAF members and CLFA mem-
volunteer. I hope that you will consider doing so by sign-
                                                           bers will want to collaborate so that each organization can
ing up at
                                                           be stronger.

In addition to the 2008 Convention we will continue to        Finally, one more thought before I close. It’s not too soon
provide educational opportunities through Forest Conser-      to begin thinking about running for Chair elect in 2009.
vation Days and the Forestry Institute for Teachers. This     Please let me know if you are interested.
will be the 17th year of FCD and the 16th for FIT. For
those who have been a part of providing these noteworthy      I look forward to seeing you at the winter meeting, at For-
programs THANK YOU. The invitation to participate in          est Conservation Days and at the Convention.
FCD has already been distributed. If you haven’t volun-

(“Office Update” Continued from page 7)                                 (“Wood” Continued from page 6)
represented on the Forestland Steward Editorial Committee. This         tons or more of carbon every year. Send a sig-
committee is comprised of myself, Jeff Calvert (CAL FIRE) Stew-         nal to plant more trees. Store more carbon in
ardship Forester), Richard Harris (UC Berkeley) and editor Laurie       wood in your own home and back yard.
                                                                        Choose California grown wood, the local tool
The Forestland Steward Newsletter is a quarterly newsletter sent        for fighting global warming.
free of charge to any interested parties, with the majority of sub-
scribers being landowners. Generally focusing on landowner stew-        *Darcy Brown is a senior forestry student at Cal
ardship, this circular covers various topics including harvesting,      Poly – San Luis Obispo and recently served as
planting, burning, erosion control and cost share opportunities. If     an intern at the California Forest Products Com-
you are interested in subscribing, please contact the NorCal SAF        mission.
office and I will make sure you are put on the mailing list.
San Diego County Firestorm 2007 Recovery

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                                 December 2007 Board of Forestry Update
                                  by Bill Keye, CLFA Government Affairs Specialist

Legal Sparring Delays Roseburg THP Ap-                         higher levels… to do what the original mission of the BOF
                                                               dictates we should be doing.” Joining Dixon on the fund-
peal. Activists Sue to Block New Coho ITP,                     ing committee will be BOF Vice Chair Pam Giacomini and
RMP Rules – BOF in Bid to Increase Fund-                       senior Member David Nawi.
                                                            Roseburg Appeal: The task before the BOF was to decide
Like so many twinkling Christmas lights, California’s liti- on the merits of a recent CAL FIRE/CDF denial of a Rose-
gious splendor was on full display as the Board of Forestry burg Resources THP in Shasta County. In issuing its de-
and Fire Protection (BOF) met in Sacramento, December       nial, the Department sided with a sister agency, California
5th and 6th. A THP denial appeal was postponed due to       State Parks, which objected to the proposed harvest based
squabbling between attorneys for CAL FIRE and Roseburg on a claim of adverse visual impacts when viewed from
Resources. (See Roseburg Appeal, below.)                    Castle Crags State Park.

The Sierra Club and EPIC sued the BOF in San Francisco       The hearing attracted Roseburg supporters as well as a
Superior Court over “rules focused exclusively on making     smattering of activists opposed to even-age forest manage-
it easier to kill endangered salmon,” according to a Club    ment. However, the issue and its attendant public com-
website posting. (See Coho Rules in Doubt, below.)           ment were never heard because of a spirited dispute be-
                                                             tween Roseburg and CDF attorneys over a legal briefing
CAL FIRE’s Russ Henly announced that the Department          submitted by Roseburg within a BOF-prescribed comment
needed yet another month to finalize the Environmental       period. CDF Chief Counsel Giny Chandler objected to the
Impact Report/Management Plan for the Jackson Demon- document, stating that since it was a legal briefing and she
stration State Forest (JDSF), itself the subject of a court- had no prior knowledge of its existence, the Department
ordered logging shutdown and a protracted, nearly 5-year     was entitled to review it and present a written response.
effort to craft environmental documents that will withstand She also said that in the history of THP appeals, no lawyer-
legal scrutiny and allow for the return of management to     prepared brief had ever before been submitted.
the embattled state forest. (See JDSF Update, below.)
                                                             Chandler and Roseburg counsel Chris Carr also sparred
BOF Chairman Stan Dixon opened the meeting by an-            over Carr’s desire to broadcast a video during the hearing,
nouncing the formation of an ad-hoc committee charged        which Carr stated provided “demonstrative evidence” sup-
with finding ways to increase funding for the state regula- porting the company’s claims that CDF overstepped its
tory and policy making body. Currently, the BOF derives authority in denying the plan based on visual aesthetics.
its funding internally through CAL FIRE. According to        The seven-minute video shows oblique views toward the
Executive Officer George “YG” Gentry, the annual budget contested harvest unit from several nearby locations, in-
– approximately $115,000 – of the BOF, adjusted for infla- cluding a moving vehicle on southbound I-5. Chandler
tion, is considerably below past levels.                     objected on the grounds that the video was not part of the
                                                             original THP record.
BOF frustration with a lack of funding, compounded by its
increasing work load, has been aggravated this year by de- Ultimately, and at the suggestion of Deputy Attorney Gen-
lays in the award of a literature review contract supporting eral Terry Ashby – BOF counsel – the opposing attorneys
the efforts of its Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)        huddled and agreed upon a briefing schedule that will al-
studying salmonid/watershed interactions. A second TAC low for the appeal hearing to take place next month. Chair-
contract solicitation is currently out for bid by CAL FIRE. man Dixon agreed with the delay, saying it was better to
                                                             get process issues straightened out before holding the hear-
In announcing the ad hoc committee, Chairman Dixon           ing. EO Gentry said submissions from both parties will be
stated, “It’s frustrating, discouraging, troubling. My ulti-
                                                                                                  (“BOF” Continued on page 11)
mate hope is that we can push the envelope with those at

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 (“BOF” Continued from page 10)                                joint policy statement on anadromous fish with the Fish
 posted on the website prior to the hearing.                   and Game Commission. If the document comes together,
                                                               the BOF and DFG may hold a joint session in February in
 Coho Rules: The suit aims to invalidate both the              San Diego… The next meeting of the BOF will be in
 “Incidental Take Assistance, 2007” and “Road Manage-          Sacramento, January 8th-10th, 2008.
 ment Plan, 2007” rules packages. Both were approved           BOF Home Page:
 this year by the BOF and are set to become effective on
 January 1st. The full posting by the Sierra Club can be               December 2007 Council Report
 viewed at
                                                                By Julie Lydick , Council District 3 Representative
 Another interesting twist in the coho saga is that although  Financial Management
 the BOF has passed coho-specific forest practice rules, the  National SAF financial health remains strong. In 2005
 Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has yet to approve         Council decided to seek professional investment advice.
 its own complementary set. Until it does, the BOF’s coho     SAF had a few bad years of investments during the late
 rules will be in limbo. In voting to approve its package in  1990’s when most everyone else was making stock gains
 July, the BOF stipulated that they become operative only     and then the national convention that occurred during the
 when DFG’s package is also in place.                         9/11 attack was a critical set back. Today SAF has re-
                                                              bounded. Excellent contributions from the outgoing Fi-
 JDSF Update: CAL FIRE’s Henly also said that the             nancial Committee Chair, Rick Barnes, the committee and
 Center for Collaborative Policy, Sacramento State, has       Chief Financial Officer Larry Burner have led to that suc-
 been enlisted to facilitate the development of a Charter for cess. If the sale of the SAF complex at Bethesda, MD
 the proposed JDSF Advisory Committee. The BOF’s              goes through it will ensure the long-term financial sol-
 Management Committee will serve as the nexus for com- vency of SAF and put it into a new league. It will become
 munications between the Department and BOF on JDSF. a critical period for SAF to guide and monitor its assets.

 Other News: The Fish and Wildlife Service has notified        The House of Society Delegates at the 2007 convention
 CAL FIRE that as of February 1st, they’ll no longer pro-      discussed event insurance issues. National SAF insurance
 vide the same level of technical assistance on northern       covers meeting events. All field trip activities require a
 spotted owls in the THP process. The feds say they can’t      special event policy, which JZA, the National office in-
 justify the expense. The announcement has CAL FIRE,           surance carrier will help state societies obtain. The dis-
 landowners and RPFs scrambling to come up with an al-         cussion has brought to light that many chapter or state
 ternative… The Management Committee discussed little-         society events may be overlooking this requirement,
 used Sustained Yield Plans, and whether they should be        which puts the financial assets of the SAF at risk. JZA
 continued, changed or abolished. The consensus was that       has been asked to look into what it would cost to add a
 the SYP is working for the handful of landowners that are     representative number of field trip events per year to the
 using it, and therefore the rule section should be re-        policy. Council will then weigh costs and risks of that.
 tained… The Policy Committee is continuing discussions
 on a proposed Research and Science Committee, which           Membership
 would directly (or indirectly – did I mention that discus-    Membership dues will go up to $133 after Dec. 31. There
 sions are continuing?) oversee all of the various technical   is a continued introductory offer for students that graduate
 advisory committees of the BOF…                               and don’t drop their membership. NorCal SAF and the
                                                               SacTahoe Chapter had a booth at a recent Forest Service
 More, More: Foresters, has Santa left a lump of carbon        event in Sacramento. I participated in it. It seemed to be
 offsets in your stocking? Naughty or nice, stay tuned as      a great way to get new and lapsed members interested in
 the Air Resources Board and California Climate Action         joining. Kudos to Tom Contreras, Mendocino National
 Registry gear up committees looking at forest protocols       Forest Supervisor that signed up on the spot, and to Doug
 and suggested improvements. CCAR has its Protocol             Wickizer who recruited him. Response from Forest Ser-
 Workgroup and ARB its Forestry Scoping Group. The             vice employees was favorable. As a result of that event I
 latter is expected to tackle a broader array of issues, in-   set up an appointment with Region 5’s new Regional For-
 cluding AB 32 implementation. Both have ambitious                                               (“Report” Continued on page 12)
 timelines for 2008. YG has been working on a revised

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(“Sale” Continued from page 1)
senters and 8 different program tracks have been                      2008 Convention Facts
identified. The call for presentations is now ac-
tive with web-based application at the website       Where: Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV
listed above.                                        When: November 5-9
General session speakers include: Henry Diaz,        Theme:      Forestry in a Climate of Change
who is a research climatologist with the Climate     Hosts: Intermountain, Northern California and
Diagnostics Center of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration; Diane Wittenberg
                                                            Southern California Societies
who is Executive Director of the Climate Regis-      Website:
try; Mitch Mandich who is CEO for Range Fu-
els, Inc. and Kathryn Fernholz who is Executive
                                                     Keynote & General Presenters:
Director of Dovetail Partners.                        • Michael Walsh, Chicago Climate Exchange

More recently the Arrangements Committee has          • Henry Diaz, Climate Diagnostics Center of the
been gearing up and recruiting members to help          National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra-
with many tasks. Dick Pfilf and Donna Lamb              tion
(both IntMtn) and Bob Solari (NorCal) are the
                                                      • Diane Wittenberg, Climate Registry
Arrangements Committee Co-Chairs.
                                                      • Mitch Mandich, Range Fuels, Inc.
Join the fun!! It’s not too late to volunteer. You    • Kathryn Fernholz Dovetail Partners
can do so at
                                                     (“Report” Continued from page 11)
                                                     ester, Randy Moore, in January to discuss SAF membership and
                                                     Forest Service involvement in the 2008 convention.

                                                     Executive Vice President Visit to Hawaii and the Pacific Is-
                                                     Michael Goergen has accepted an invitation from the Pacific Is-
                                                     lands Committee of the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition to
                                                     attend its annual meeting in February 2008 that will be held at
                                                     Rota, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas. A pre or post trip to
                                                     Hawaii to meet with SAF members and others interested in forestry

  TSS Consultants congratulates the Northern California Society of American
   Foresters on the 17th anniversary of Forest Conservation Days. Well over
  60,000 students, teachers and scouts have participated in this award-winning
                              conservation effort.
 TSS provides natural resources management and renewable energy solutions to clients located in North

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     California Air Resources Board                           The Forest Protocols, developed over a four-year period
 Unanimously Adopts First U.S. Standards                      with the participation of scientists, foresters, and climate
                                                              experts, ensure that carbon dioxide emissions reductions
          for Forest-Generated                                (ERs) generated from working forests meet international
      Carbon Dioxide Reductions                               standards. The Forest Protocols set the rules for calculating
                                                              emissions reductions from project activities that are addi-
          By Helen Pelzman, the Pacific Forest Trust          tional to what the forest would normally provide by meas-
                                                              uring these against a clear and consistent baseline of stan-
Sacramento, CA--The California Air Resources Board            dard forestry activity. Further, the Protocols provide assur-
(CARB) the state agency responsible for administering         ances that the emissions reductions will be permanent by
California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act            securing the forest practices with a conservation easement
(AB 32) affirmed the critical role that working forests play and verifying reductions by third-party certification.
to mitigate climate change by unanimously adopting the
nation’s first standards for forest-generated carbon dioxide CARB’s adoption of these rigorous standards will help
emissions reductions at a hearing on October 25, 2007.        California’s private landowners enter the burgeoning inter-
The vote ensures that emissions reductions from California national carbon market. Since the Kyoto Protocols came
forests certified under the Forest Protocols will be recog-   into force in 2005 and international norms for CO2 emis-
nized under the state’s emerging climate program.             sions reductions were formulated, the demand for verified
                                                              ERs has created a global market estimated to exceed $40
“CARB’s ruling means that our leaders have recognized         billion in revenue this year. Rewarding landowners for cli-
the power of forests in our fight against climate change.     mate enhancing management practices creates a strong in-
We can now engage the forest sector in the important work centive for them to contribute to solving the climate crisis.
that is ahead,” said Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) president
Laurie Wayburn. “We want to express our appreciation to The CARB vote is the culmination of work started by PFT
the CARB members and to Chair Mary Nichols for making with its successful 2002 legislative initiative that led to the
California the first state in the nation to adopt emissions   creation of the Forest Protocols. PFT worked with a broad
reductions standards for utilizing the natural climate bene- coalition of stakeholders to promote CARB’s adoption of
fits of forests. California is setting the pace for the coun- these accounting standards, and generated support from
try’s climate policy and, with CARB’s endorsement, we         business, the investment community, foresters and land-
hope others will be inspired to harness the power of work- owners, as well.
ing forests to heal our climate.”
                                                              “This is a victory for our forests and our climate. We will
"The Board’s action recognizes the important role Califor- continue to work with CARB and all stakeholders to build
nia's forestlands will play in storing carbon and achieving on this strong foundation improving and expanding the
the greenhouse gas reductions required by AB32," said         ways forests can contribute to climate solutions,” said
Mary Nichols, Chairman of the Air Resources Board.            PFT’s policy director Michelle Passero.
"Adopting these protocols also puts California's forests
front and center within the growing global carbon market. “CO2 in our atmosphere results from fossil fuels and forest
Investment in this market will lead to forestry management loss,” explained PFT president Laurie Wayburn. “To suc-
projects that both store carbon and benefit California's      cessfully stabilize our climate, we must address both
wildlife and watersheds."                                     sources. This means protecting forestland from further loss,
                                                              managing our working forests to enhance their carbon
Forests provide climate benefits by absorbing CO2 from the stores, and restoring forests where they used to exist.
atmosphere and storing it as carbon in trees for hundreds of CARB’s action encourages investments to enhance the cli-
years or longer. As compared to reforestation or afforesta- mate contributions of forests. That is especially critical
tion, established working forests are especially effective at now, given the need to take action while new technologies
storing CO2 as they grow older, laying down substantially and processes are being developed to reduce CO2 emis-
greater volumes of carbon in shorter periods than their       sions from industrial and transportation activities,”
younger counterparts. Forests managed to enhance carbon Wayburn concluded.
stores provide additional benefits for wildlife habitat, bio-
diversity, water quality and sustainable economies.

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                                      to the forestry profession serving        and is an active member of the Cali-
                                      on the Humboldt State Forestry            fornia Forest Pest Council (CFPC).
                                      Dept. Advisory Committee and as           She has not missed a chance to keep
                                      a member of the California Board          NORCAL SAF members updated on
                                                                                local pest issues and provides an arti-
                                      of Forestry Range Management
                                                                                cle each quarter for the newsletter.
                                      Advisory committee. Len has also          Karen is also active in the insect and
                                      been active at the local level in         disease workshops and hosted the
                                      youth sports and with the Shasta          2005 CFPC insect and disease field
                                      College Agriculture and Natural           trip.
                                      Resources Executive Advisory
                                      Committee.                           Karen has embraced community
                                                                           education and uses every chance
                                        Fellows will be recognized nation- she can to educate the locals on
                                        ally at the 2008 convention in     timber management issues and
       2007 Fellows Award               Reno.                              benefits. She is involved with
              District 3                                                   community efforts relating to for-
            by Julie Lydick                                                estry education (past 4H leader for
                                                                           forestry in western Nevada
 Lennart Lindstrand has been                                               County) and monthly speaks to
 awarded recognition as Fellow.                                            groups like Garden Clubs, Ki-
 The Society of American Foresters                                         wanis, Lions and other service or-
 (SAF) honors those members who                                            ganizations, and annually makes
 have provided outstanding contri-                                         presentations to the Master Gar-
 butions to the Society and to the                                         dener’s of Placer and Nevada
 forestry profession with this title of                                    County.
 Fellow. The goal of the Society is
 to recognize approximately five                                           Karen has been an advocate of ac-
 percent of its members with this        2007 Field Forester Award tive and professional forest man-
 honor.                                            Karen Jones             agement and is a local leader in the
                                                                                practice of forestry to ensure the
 Len is currently the Land Depart-    Karen Jones joined SAF in 1978 and
                                      has been a practicing professional for-   continued health and use of forest
 ment Manager at W.M. Beaty &                                                   ecosystems and the present and
 Associates, Inc. at Redding, Cali-   ester for over 30 years. Karen has
                                      worked for the USDA Forest Service        future availability of forest re-
 fornia. He is a graduate of Hum-                                               sources.
                                      since 1975 specializing in Silviculture
 boldt State University and is a      and Forest Management in two forest
 Registered Professional Forester.    service regions and three national for-
 Len has been active with the Soci-                                                        2008 Fellows
                                      ests. Currently, Karen is the Silvicul-
 ety serving as Chair of NorCal       turist and NEPA Coordinator on the                   Nominations
 SAF and has served as Chair of the   American River Ranger District of the                by Julie Lydick
 NorCal SAF Policy committee and      Tahoe National Forest.                 The timeline for Fellows nomina-
 Licensing and Ethic committee.                                              tions has been moved earlier this
 He served as the Vice-Chair of the   Karen is active in NORCAL SAF and year in order that Fellows can be
 House of Society Delegates.          serves as the Chair of the Forest Pest recognized at the national conven-
                                      Management Committee since 2005        tion. Nominations can be sent to
 Outside of SAF he has contributed

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the District 3 Fellows Committee by any member, or           can be made at the Fall Convention.
may be generated by the Fellows Committee. Nomi-
nations may be submitted to the Fellows Committee at         The District 3 Council Committee includes: Nick
any time. For consideration in 2008 the committee            Dennis, Chair, Geri Bergen, John Heissenbuttel, Bob
will need nomination packages during the period Feb-         Solari, John Bryant, and John Todd. The committee is
ruary – March 30, 2008. The Fellows Committee will           set up so that a member rotates off and a new member
review and consider the nominations and send for-            rotates on every year.
ward those nominations that demonstrate having pro-
vided outstanding service to the Society of American         A complete nomination package includes: 1) copy of
Foresters and the forestry profession. Nominations           the Biographical and Professional Information Nomi-
must be sent to Julie Lydick, Council Representative,        nees for SAF Fellow form, that is available at the SAF
District 3 by March 31, 2008. The Council Represen-          website, 2) an electronic photo of the nominee, 3)
tative validates the Fellows Committee recommenda-           Three letters of recommendation, and 4) the recom-
tion and submits the nominations to the National Of-         mendation of the Fellows Committee.
fice by May 1st. Council will take action at the June
Council meeting on nominations so that presentations

                                CALFIRE/DFG THP Review Workshop
Purpose: This training is designed to provide Registered Professional Foresters (RPFs) and others interested in tim-
ber harvest on private and industrial timberlands with the natural resource knowledge, regulations, policies and proce-
dures the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) employs in the review of Timber Harvesting Plans as a review team
member, trustee and responsible agency. The purpose of the training is to provide a reference for and understanding
of the information the DFG uses to evaluate impacts to fish and wildlife resources and to facilitate RPFs in the prepara-
tion and review of Timber Harvesting Plans.
Who should attend: RPFs and others involved in preparing Timber Harvesting Plans. Those involved in Vegetation
Management projects in forested environments are also encouraged to attend.
                                                      Course Topics
                                                 CEQA-THP Relationship
                                              Listed and Non-listed species
                                               T&I / Restorable Watersheds
                                                    Coho 2112 process
                                                   BIOS demonstration
                                            Surveys, Mitigation and Monitoring
                            Late Seral Elements and Habitat Retention, & 1600 Agreements
Course Length: 2 days - Day 1 will be a half day of classroom presentations, exercises and Q&A, and half day field
exercises; Day 2 will be a half day of classroom presentations and field exercises.
Instructors: DFG staff and CALFIRE staff including Dan Applebee, Curt Babcock, Mike Bacca, Tina Bartlett, Chris
Browder, among others.
Locations and Dates: There will be two workshops centrally located to accommodate interested parties from various
regions of the state and across DFG and CALFIRE regions.

                                 Northern Region Workshop, February 21 and 22, 2007
                                                  Redding City Hall
                                                  Community Room
                                         777 Cypress Avenue, Redding, 96001

     Central and Southern Region Workshop, week of March 17, 2007 (final date and location to be determined).

  Registration is FREE: For the Northern Region Workshop, please contact Sharon Hope at or at
telephone (530) 225-2720. There is limited space so registration is first come, first serve. For the Central and Southern
        Region Workshop, please contact Tina Bartlett at or at telephone (916) 358-2892.

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                                     2008 NorCal SAF Executive Committee
  Chapter/         Chair              Address                   Phone           Fax                   E-mail
  Bay Area         Vacant
  Bidwell          Scott Worden       19855 Barton Hill Road    530-675-2343 530-675-0843 sworden@
                                      Strawberry Hill, CA                       

  Cal Poly         Chris Dicus        Natural Resource Mgmt     805-756-5104 805-756-1402
                                      San Luis Obispo, CA 93407                 
  CSU Humboldt Chris Edgar            HSU, One Harpst St.       707-826-4243 707-826-5634
                                      Arcata, CA 95521

  College of the   Tim Baker          7351 Tompkins Hill Road   707-476-4348 707-845-5029 Tim-
  Redwoods                            Eureka, CA 95501                          

  49er             Tom Francis        16198 Acorn Drive         916-643-9420 559-222-2129
                                      Sonora, CA 95370

  High Sierra      Lee Belau          545 Brandy Way            209-784-4669                
                                      Porterville, CA 93257
  Monterey Bay     Vacant

  Jedediah Smith Vacant

  Peter Lassen     Vacant             Contact MikeDeLasaux
                                      (See Chair info)

  Redwood Coast Vacant

  Reedley          Kent Kinney        773 N. Piedra             559-638-3641 559-637-2507
  College                             Sanger, CA 93657

  Sac./Tahoe       Joanne             11148 Lower Circle Road   530-272-1122 530-272-3232 jdrummondgv
                   Drummond           Grass Valley, CA 95949                    

  S. San Joaquin Patrick Emmert PO Box 535                      559-855-8913                
                                Auberry, CA 93602

  Sierra College   Bart Ruud          5000 Rocklin Road         530-823-1368                
                                      Rocklin, CA 95677
  UC Berkeley      Kevin O’Hara       151 Hilgaard Hall #3110   510-642-6632 510-642-2127 ohara@nature.
                                      Berkeley, CA 94720-3114                   

  Wyntoon          Daniel Prielipp    4003 Forest Lane          530-221-5816 50-221-1982    
                                      Dunsmuir, CA 96025
  Southern Cal.
  SAF Chair

  SAF Nat’l        Mike Goergen       5400 Grosvenor Lane       301-897-8720 301-897-3690
  Exec. VP                            Bethesda, MD 20814

  2008 Conven-     Mike De Lasaux (See Chair info)              Greg Biging                 
  tion Planning    Julie Lydick   (See Council Dist III info)   Bob Solari      (see Audit info)
                   Tad Mason                                    Gary Nakamura   (see Ed Chair info)
                                  (See Fundraising info)

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                          2007 NorCal SAF Executive Committee Contact List

 Chapter/Position Chair                  Address                     Phone          Fax         E-mail

 Audit                Bob Solari         1841 Sandalwood Dr.         925-687-2013 925-686-2832
                                         Concord, CA 94519
 Awards/              Dale Wierman       5230 Hamel Street           530-756-8059 530-758-8059
 Foresters Fund                          Davis, CA 95616
 Chair                Mike De Lasaux     208 Fairgrounds Road        530-283-6125 707-283-
                                         Quincy, CA 95971                         6088

 Chair Elect/         Donna              1508 Redwood Lane           707-753-7256     
                      Dekker-Robertson   Davis, CA 95616
 Program Chair
 Past Chair

 Treasurer            Brad Seaberg       9347 Canyon Hollow Drive    530-245-2455 530-246-7008
                                         Redding, CA 96001

 Communications vacant

 CFE Contact          David Bakke        2895 Cypress Circle         707-562-8916 707-562-9054
                                         Fairfield, CA 94533

 Council Dist. III,   Julie Lydick       3537 Fieldcrest Ave.        707-562-8921 707-562-9054
                                         Fairfield, CA 94534
 Education Co-        Gary Nakamura      1851 Hartnell Avenue        530-224-4902 530-224-4904 gmnakamura@
 Chair                                   Redding, CA 96002-2217                      

 Education Co-        Mike DeLasaux      208 Fairgrounds Road        530-283-6125     
 Chair                                   Quincy, CA 95971
 Forest               Nick Dennis        311 Old McCloud Rd, Ste J   530-964-0833 530-964-2407 chrisandnick@
 Certification                           Mt. Shasta, CA 96067                        
 Forest Pest          Karen Jones        22830 Foresthill Road       530-478-6254 530-367-2992 karenjones@
 Management                              Foresthill, CA 95631                        
 Fundraising          Tad Mason          2265 Ashford Place        916-638-8811 916-941-7176 tmason@
                                         El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 Ext. 112        
 Licensing            Danielle Lindler   12230 N. Old Stage Road     530-938-3459 530-938-3486
                                         Weed, CA 96094-9522
 Membership           Kathleen Jordan    3644 Avtech Parkway         530-226-2523 530-241-9216
                                         Redding, CA 96002
 Newsletter           Karin Linnen       P.O. Box 3386               925-395-4172 530-288-3691 karin-
 Editor                                  Walnut Creek, CA 94598                      

 NorCal Executive Heather Morrison P.O. Box 339                      530-288-3531 530-964-5680 ncsaf@
 Director                          Camptonville, CA 95922                            

 Policy               John Kessler       5800 Chiles Road            530-964-9756 530-964-9793 linyjohn@
                                         Davis, CA 95615                             
 Tellers/             John Melvin        22175 Backbone Rd.          916-508-2767 530-758-3401 brianwing@
 Webmaster                               Redding, CA 96003                           
 Secretary            Geoff Kaeberle     P.O. Box 761                530-842-2310 530-842-3825 Geoffk@
                                         Mount Shasta, CA 96067                      

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                                              NORCAL SAF Newsletter

                                                                         Forest Service & BLM hires
                                                                              Forestry Students
                                                                        The Forest Service and the BLM collabo-
                                                                        rated to bring on-the-spot hiring to the 2007
                                                                        Society of American Foresters (SAF) con-
                                                                        vention held October 23-27th in Portland,
                                                                        Oregon leading to the hiring of 13 new fed-
                                                                        eral employees. Over 500 students partici-
                                                                        pated in the convention. The FS and BLM
                                                                        outreached the Career Intern and Student
                                                                        Career Experience Program jobs prior to the
                                                                        convention through the SAF convention
                                                                        website, internal and external agency web-
                                                                        sites, SAF student chapters, forestry schools
           Recently hired forestry students, Mike Haske & Sally Collins affiliated with the National Association of
 University Forest Resource Programs, and the SAF Diversity Committee. SAF also sent the job information to all
 participants registered for the convention. Both agencies accepted applications prior to and during the convention.

 The FS and BLM met with students interested in agency jobs after their orientation and reception on October 23rd,
 and at the job fair on October 25th. Interviews with students were conducted primarily on October 25th and tentative
 job offers were made on October 26th. On the evening of October 26th, Sally Collins, Associate Chief for the Forest
 Service, and Mike Haske, Acting Deputy State Director for the BLM, introduced the students who accepted our job
 offers at the National Student Assembly. We would like to introduce and welcome the following 13 students who
 accepted tentative job offers with the FS and BLM:
                  Brian Sebastian          Louisiana State              Fremont/Winema NF
                  Jeff Halbrook            University of Idaho          Klamath NF
                  Ben Timchak              University of Montana        Klamath NF
                  Adam Bianchi             Iowa State                   Lassen NF
                  Brian Barnes             University of N. Iowa        Lassen NF
                  Nicole Lightle           Colorado State               Malheur NF
                  Chad Atwood              Virginia Polytechnic         Mendocino NF
                  James Donahey            Iowa State                   Mendocino NF
                  Joseph Stubbendick       University of Wisconsin      Shasta-Trinity NF
                  Kurt Steele              Oregon State                 Willamette NF
                  Jeff Lau                 University of Idaho          BLM Coos Bay District
                  Zach Peterson            Oregon State                 BLM Ely Field Office
                  Stephanie Larew          Oregon State                 BLM Salem District

 This is the third year the FS has used on-the-spot hiring at the SAF convention and the feedback from managers has
 been very positive. We expect to use it next year in Reno, Nevada.

          Publications on the Forest Stewardship Series, for more information visit

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                                                                                     Welcome New
                                                                                      NorCal SAF
                                                                                   Christopher Bielicki (Peter Lassen)
                                                                                   Robert Bowman (Sac-Tahoe)
                                                                                   Valerie Casey (College of Redwoods)
                                                                                   Tom Contreras (Wyntoon)
                                                                                   Tim Davenport (College of Redwoods)
                                                                                   Casey Davis (College of the Redwoods)
                                                                                   Daniel DeArmond (Jed Smith)
                                                                                   William Diekmann (Peter Lassen)
                                                                                   Dexter Dong (UC Berkeley)
                                                                                   Robert Dundas (High Sierra )
 Cal Poly Forestry students (L to R): Kip Van De Water, Monica Brick, Elizabeth Shaney Emerson (Sac-Tahoe)
 Lucas, Nikki Gross, Erin Costelloe and Meghan Wilson (holding flag), Chris        Jessica Engle (Humboldt State)
 Stewart (alumni), Freddie Duncan, Julie Lydick (alumni) and Dr. Douglas Piirto    Justin Eurotas (College of the Redwoods)
 (Dept head).                                                                      A.J. Evanson (Jed Smith)
                                                                                   Courtney Fischer (Reedley College)
                  Forestry Students Perspective on                                 Lisa Fischer (Sac-Tahoe)
                    2007 SAF National Convention                                   Todd Gildersleeve (Sac-Tahoe)
                                                                                   Janet Ann Hanstad (Sac-Tahoe)
                By Meghan D. Wilson, Cal Poly SLO Student                          Kyle Holland (Bay Area)
                                                                                   Jan Hopkins (S. San Joaquin)
 I was part of the Student Executive Committee, and I think that the creation of
                                                                                   Matthew Hughes (UC Berkeley)
 that committee is a huge step forward for SAF. Students will now be able to       Clifford Hunsinger(College of Redwoods)
 get their voices heard through the Student Representative to Council, who we Theresa Johnson (Wyntoon)
 elected at the convention, and will be serving for a year. At the National Stu- Stanley Kriner (College of Redwoods)
 dent Assembly, the representatives from the eleven districts were introduced      Sandra LaJoie (Reedley College)
 to all the student members that attended the NSA. After we were introduced, Tom Leroy (Jed Smith)
 there was a question and answer period where the students in the audience         Taylor Liles (Reedley College)
 could ask the representatives questions or tell us things that they would like to Eric Peter Oefler (Peter Lassen)
 see brought up in the agenda at the SAF Council meetings. One thing that          Angela Pinheiro (Reedley College)
 was hard about being a representative was the fact that there were no guide-      Evan Robinson (Humboldt State)
 lines really put forth that helped guide us in helping the students. We were, in Brandon Rodriguez (Reedley College)
 essence, the guinea pigs that needed to work through putting together a char- Karina Michelle Silva (Humboldt St)
 ter, terms of office, and the duties that an elected Student Representative to Tina Terrell (S. San Joaquin)
 Council would have. It was a great experience, that I feel honored to be a Gina Thompson (Sac-Tahoe)
 part of. I look forward to see what impact the Student Executive Com-             Brian Vitorelo (Redwood Coast)
                                                                                   Susan Wendt (College of Redwoods)
 mittee has on the future of forestry.
                                                                                   Larry Wilson (Bay Area )

                You’re WANTED—CAL FIRE to Create Advisory Group
                      for Jackson Demonstration State Forest
 The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection are seeking knowledge-
 able persons interested in serving on a new advisory group being formed for the Jackson Demonstration State Forest
 (JDSF). The group will consist of approximately a dozen members representing a range of local, regional and state
 interests and areas of technical expertise. They will meet roughly every month during the initial implementation of the
 new JDSF management plan, and 2 to 3 times per year thereafter. There is no compensation for service on the advisory
 group; however, travel expenses can be reimbursed. To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume by February
 8, to Tanya Avile-Medeiros, Executive Assistant to the Director, PO Box 944246, Sacramento, CA 94244—2460.

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Inside this issue...
Forestry Events Calendar                       2
Featured Forester — Gina Lopez                 5
Wood for a Cooler Planet                       6
Letter from NorCal SAF Chair                   9
Board of Forestry Update                      10
Awards                                        14

                                          2008 Forest Conservation Days (FCD)
                                                     Volunteer Form
                                              March 31 to April 6, 2008 at Sanborn Park in Saratoga, CA
   CITY_________________________                    STATE_______
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                                                       Please mail or call to:
                                                        NorCal SAF Office
                                                           P.O Box 339
                                                     Camptonville, CA 95922
                                                    Phone & Fax: 530-288-3531

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