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.
Register NOW for this year’s Annual Conference and Business Meeting.
March 7 & 8, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014 is the LAST DAY to REGISTER before registration fees GO UP!
We will be discussing Landowner Assistance Programs!
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE February 2014 This winter has certainly been dry. Throughout most of December and January we had very little rain along the Mendocino Coast where I live. Even when we did have the occasional fog bank come in it was “dry fog” and didn’t leave any moisture. Residential wells are going dry and municipal water sources are running low. Thankfully we are getting some rain as we get into February. Hopefully this will have a positive impact on water supplies throughout the state. It is important to think about how this reduced rainfall could affect your operations. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is unlikely to allow any modifications of existing 1600 permits to allow for more water drafting. Likewise, Cal Fire is unlikely to excuse dust abatement issues just because your drafting source has dried up. Think about the alternatives you may need now and get your plans amended. Further implications from this weather can be seen with fire conditions. In some ways fire season has still not ended throughout much of California. In the month of January Cal Fire dealt with 400% more fires than they have for a typical January. If we don’t get substantial rain this spring I would imagine this could bring about a serious risk of fire next summer. It is true that in our state every year there is a serious fire risk. However it could be substantial enough that logging operations could be curtailed for certain times of the day. These are serious considerations for us all. Update on the Government Affairs Specialist (GAS): I am excited to announce that the Board has been able to reach an agreement with Brian White of BW Strategic Partners in Sacramento to act in the capacity as our GAS from March 1 to September 30, 2014. Mr. White will primarily focus on legislative issues and is very excited to be involved. He has over 15 years of experience advocating for energy, water, land use, natural resources and the environment. His objective will be to make the connections with the right people in the capital while we, the foresters with the expertise, will provide the testimony and information.
Above: Mike Tadlock standing in the channel of the South Fork Ten Mile River in February 2014. Note that the gravel bar is covered with dry alder leaves. Flows have never been high enough to wash them away after they dropped in the fall.
Mike Tadlock, CLFA President