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.

Fall Workshop 2014

The Road Network Through Our Forests

September 25 & 26, 2014


Initial Archaeological Class 2014


Archaeological Refresher Classes 2014


RPF Exam Preparation Seminar

November 14, 2014!

With less than 50% average pass rate, are you prepared?


June 2014

I’ve been spending a lot of time in Sacramento lately. It isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of where you would find a forester in the middle of the work week. Now, there is an urban forestry program surrounding the Capitol that has some RPFs engaged in planting and growing trees, but most RPFs in Sacramento are engaged in the policy and legislative initiatives that govern how the State’s forestlands are man-aged. I’m continually impressed by the advocacy efforts of volunteer CLFA representatives in these discussions.

CLFA members are collectively responsible for the sustained management of millions of acres of California forestland. That gives us a lot at stake in these discussions, but also provides us with many experts that we can rely on for advice on how current programs are being implemented on the ground, and the effect any proposed changes may have. That wealth of expertise within CLFA gives us a strong voice and gains us an invitation to participate in these conversations. The professionalism and sound counsel provided by your CLFA representatives lets us stay engaged, both formally and informally, throughout the process.

Through a number of member volunteers and a single paid advocate, CLFA has developed positive relationships with a number of agencies and organizations. Just in the last week CLFA representatives have been involved in conversations with legislative staff regarding proposed fire hazard reduction legislation, with California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff regarding concerns about the Working Forest Management Plan, with Water Quality staff regarding potential opportunities to educate RPFs about mitigating water drafting impacts during the current drought, with the Associated California Loggers regarding their concerns about the fuzzy line between RPF and LTO responsibility, and with representatives from environmental organizations on how to incentivize small landowners to manage their forests. This is all behind the scenes and in addition to the standard activities you will read about elsewhere in this newsletter.

The work that many of you are doing in the woods is also a big asset to CLFA’s efforts in Sacramento. Without your honesty, integrity, and high standards of adhering to the Forest Practice Rules, we would not be able to deflect the constant concern that RPFs will abuse their authority if given too much discretion. I’m grateful to your constant efforts that allow us to speak with pride about the good work being performed by California’s licensed, professional foresters.

CLFA is dedicated to maintaining a presence in Sacramento to assure that you will continue to have the tools to manage the State’s timberlands. We are also working on a number of efforts to give RPFs new ways of engaging with California’s timberland owners such as the Working Forest Management Plan and our push for small landowner regulatory relief. We are here so you don’t have to be, but if you get the chance to come participate in some of CLFA’s efforts in Sacramento, please do so. You will be surprised just how much forestry is going on here.

Kevin Conway, CLFA President