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
July 2015
Clayton Code

Last weekend marked the end of another Shasta District Fair and as always the junior livestock auction took place on Saturday. The last few years I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the auction as a buyer and just like the other years I took the time to walk around previewing ani-mals and talking with the hardworking young men and women who raised them. I enjoy giving them the opportunity to show off what they’ve accomplished and share what they have learned.

This year I asked each of them what got them into 4-H or FFA. As you might expect, many of the young men and women have family ties to agriculture or ranching. I was surprised by how many informed me that they have no family ties to agriculture or ranching and it was a friend, teacher or someone else important in their lives that helped get them their start.

This got me thinking about my own path into forestry. No one in my family has ties to natural resources management, but my Scout Master did. He was your typical gruff hulk of a logger who could say more with a look than he could with words. As imposing and intimidating as he was on the outside, he had a heart of gold. His joy of living and working in the outdoors was infectious and planted the seed for the career and life I live today.

Programs like 4-H and FFA are vastly important to the sustainability of agriculture and ranching. Not only does it help guarantee the sustainability of these industries by engaging and teaching local youth the value of responsible resource management, it casts a positive light on these indus-tries when the public gets to witness first-hand the hard work and dedication these young people possess in raising and caring for their animals.

This is why I rarely miss an opportunity to spend time with young men and women and share with them my enthusiasm for the outdoors and responsible resource management. At one point or an-other, I have volunteered my time with FIT, Forestry Challenge, SCLC, and Arbor Day presenta-tions to local schools. The opportunities don’t end there and I’m certain that each of us are capa-ble of finding local opportunities to engage with our young men and women.

It is no mystery that the number of RPFs in the state is dwindling. We can all do our small part to help stem the tide by taking advantage of opportunities to engage with young men and women to let them see first-hand the passion and enthusiasm we all have for the environment and that re-sponsible resource management does indeed have a place in our society.