July 2016 President's Message
Change, it drives us. Of course change is always better when it is your
idea, but when it’s not you just have to work with it or it could
get the better of you. I remember having a conversation in 2004 with boss
Mike Kennedy. We were discussing how much more information was being requested
by the agencies in order to have our THPs approved. He reminisced about
the 25 page THP of the past and said he was sorry we had to jump through
all these hoops for the same result. I responded to him by telling him
I didn’t know any better. We had a good laugh. I never got to experience
the 25 page THP, it was a little before my time. Foresters in general
are resilient when it comes to change, think about all the rule changes
and interpretations we have gone through. Think about the ever changing
protection measures for owls, bats, plants, fish, weasels, and now wolves?!
Despite frustration, good things come about through change. Change offers
opportunities, reveals strengths we might not have known we have and requires
us to continue learning. Socrates once said “The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old
but on building the new.”
Speaking of change, as with every election cycle, the composition of our
Board and executive officers underwent changes in May. I have replaced
Clayton Code as your president, Nick Knipe has assumed the vice presidency,
and Stacy Stanish has stepped into the treasurer role. Retiring board
members include Jack Harvey, Colin Noyes, Mitch Hunt, Robert Galliano
and Kevin Conway. I would like to thank them for their efforts and contributions;
it was an honor to serve with them on this Board.
With the new election year, the board gained nine new board members. The
new board members include Chris Dow, Harlan Tranmer, Stew McMorrow, Sara
Taddo Jones, Ron Hutchinson, Kieran O’Leary, Mike Bacca and George
“YG” Gentry. Welcome to the Board! Or in the case of Mike
and YG, welcome back! I am looking forward to working with such a diverse
group of professionals this coming year. We are still one seat short of
a full board. Serving on the Board is an opportunity to affect positive
changes for our profession. Get involved; make a change for the better.
As always a standing agenda item for all CLFA meetings is member communications.
We are doing our best to get you up to date information from Sacramento,
but we also need to know what’s going on in your neck of the woods.
Please take the time to write, e-mail or call us with your thoughts, ideas
and opinions, we value your comments and give them serious consideration.
Please consider being part of the solution and help CLFA maintain the
relevancy of our profession. Add your voice to the hundreds of RPFs throughout
the state to make sure we can continue to add a rational, professional
voice during the development of forest policies in California. Your participation
Thank you for your continued involvement and support.