California Licensed Foresters Association

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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.

Mission Statement:

CLFA represents California Registered Professional Foresters and associated professionals, who are responsible for the sustained management of millions of acres of California forestland.

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President's Message

Jay Fazio

Greeting fellow foresters and friends, I hope you are ready for the winter period. October was a very wet month here on the Coast with almost 11 inches of rain recorded in Eureka and over 18 inches recorded in Crescent City. The onslaught of heavy early rains has caused the log flow to slow down a bit and a few landowners and foresters have started implementing the winter period operating plan, or in some cases amending them. The rains also means it’s time to burn piles and broadcast burn for site preparation and then on to planting season. The beginning of the winter period for foresters is not a slow period; it is more of a retooling period for the months to come. It’s a time to revise our strategies, reorganize our priorities and improve upon what we have accomplished over the past year. Foresters are constantly learning, adapting, and determined to understand what is needed to go forward.

During the month of October, CLFA in lieu of a Fall Workshop organized two brown bag field days; one in the Northern District in the Redding area and one on the Coast near Piercy. Both field days offered a great opportunity to sharpen your saw. The Norther field tour focused on post-fire reforestation, vegetation management, CFIP funding and other funds available to the small landowner. I did not attend, but the report from the Nick Knipe and that it was well attended and a lot of information was shared and discussed. The Coast field day was hosted by Usal Redwood Forest and focused on conservation easements and green house carbon offsets for forest projects. Many attendees were very interested in bring carbon offset projects onto the lands they manage. The cost of inventory is a minor setback now, but as more forest landowners get involved, over time, my expectations the market will trickle down to the truly small landowners. These landowners can get compensated for what they are growing while being good stewards of the land. Money earned through carbon offsets could be put back into managing the land and harvesting timber would be icing on the cake. Hopefully this will keep healthy forest growing instead of being subdivided and developed.

With the current elections behind us, as foresters we face a new paradigm with the legalization of cannabis for medical and now recreational use. In 2015 the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law three bills (Assembly Bills 243 and 266, and Senate Bill 643) that create a licensing and regulatory framework for medical cannabis. It is anticipated that the medical cannabis regulations will be developed by January 1, 2018. Meanwhile the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) is developing regulations to establish medical cannabis cultivation licensing and a track and trace system, collectively referred to as the Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program (MCCP).The CDFAare not currently issuing licenses and anticipate that licenses will begin being issued on January 1, 2018. CDFA is also preparing a Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) to provide the public, state and local agencies, and permitting agencies information about the potential environmental effects associated with the adoption and implementation of statewide medical cannabis cultivation regulations. CDFA conducted public scoping workshops in September 2016 and the official scoping comment period ran from September 1, 2016 -September 30, 2016. For more information provided at those workshops.

In my opinion, there are very little rules and enforcement for the growing of cannabis state wide. For growers that want to be licensed and able to legally distribute, and if the county has an ordinance, they start the process there. Not every county has an ordinance and every county that has an ordinance is different. The process is Humboldt County is to start with an application and check the boxes that apply. There are some BMPs involved, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Water Quality both have permits for grow sites, however a full environmental review does not exist at the County level. There are a lot of concerns about the density and locations of these grow sites and the overall effects on the watersheds. Humboldt County’s ordinance stipulates that NO new outdoor grows can occur on land zoned TPZ, new grows have been limited to lands with Ag soils. This is good for my county, attempting to keep the working forest intact, but what about the rest of the state? We have year before the State begins permitting and licensing, we have time to put in our 2 cents. The Green Rush will continue to grow. We know the land; we know the consequences of poor management. This is not going away. I implore you to be proactive.

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