California Licensed Foresters Association
The California Licensed Foresters Association, with a membership responsible for the sustained management of millions of acres of California forestland, represents the common interests of California Registered Professional Foresters.
The Association provides opportunities for continuing education and public outreach to its membership, which includes professionals affiliated with government agencies, private timber companies, consultants, the public, and the academic community.
Governed by an elected Board of Directors, CLFA was established in 1980 after the passage of the landmark California Professional Foresters Law.
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE April 2015 Kevin Conway
Thank you to all that attended the Annual Conference, contributed to or participated in the Friday night raffle, and attended the annual business meeting. This event remains vital to the success of CLFA, and I’m really appreciative of the high level of participation we had this year. For those that weren’t able to make it, I’d like to take the opportunity to give you a quick recap of the weekend’s activities.
The Annual Conference revolved around the various botanical and wildlife resources that RPFs must consider during forest management activities. It was valuable to have RPFs representing both large and small landowners in the same room as various Agency staff to talk about these issues that are often highly complex and lead to vigorous discussions about protection measures out in the woods. Of particular note was Michael Baker’s (CAL FIRE biologist) presentation on the Townsend’s Big-eared Bat (COTO). Michael, with the support of DFW staff in the audience, was gracious enough to allow his post presentation question and answer session to drag on for over 30 minutes. I can’t report that there was resolution on the emerging science around the COTO, but I believe it was a good step in the right direction to discuss the challenges associated with not having clear direction on survey and protection measures for this species.
A majority of the conference participants stayed for the Friday night reception. The highlight of the evening is always the awarding of the Outstanding Forester Award. This year’s recipient was Craig Newman, a long time active member and big CLFA advocate. If you see Craig, make sure to congratulate him and thank him for his significant contributions to our organization and profession throughout his career. The reception also includes the raffle and silent auction which is a major source of funding for both the CLFA and Roy Richards scholarship. Thank you to all the donors, and a special thanks to Ted James, SPI, and Green Diamond Resource Company for coordinating the gun raffle again this year.
The Saturday business meeting provides a chance for the general membership to be updated and ask questions about CLFA’s recent activities, financial status, and goals for the upcoming year. This year we had a good discussion about the format and topic selection of the annual conference. This is the second year that we have not held a Spring Workshop in conjunction with the Annual Conference and Business Meeting. Brady DuBois and Tim Moreno, the recipients of the Roy Richards and CLFA scholarships, were in attendance and presented their checks. The meeting ended with an update on DFW activities by Bill Condon, the Timberland Conservation Program’s State Coordinator.Planning is already well under way for the Fall Workshop scheduled for late September in the general vicinity of Auburn. This will include a field tour of the King Fire area to look at some of the post fire activities taking place. I hope to see you there.