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?


July 2014
I, like many of you, take great pride in being a professional forester.  It not only defines the career I have chosen, but it is a large part of my identity that impacts almost all aspects of my life.  Being an active member of the California Licensed Foresters Association (CLFA) seems like a natural expression of my commitment to the profession.  CLFA keeps me informed about activities throughout the state that may impact our ability to practice forestry, and provides opportunities for continuing education on topics that are timely and relevant to our profession.

In addition to work experience and learning from my more seasoned colleagues, participating in continuing education has played an important in role in the maintenance and growth of my professional skill set.  This combination of experience and education both gives us our authority as experts in managing forested landscapes and limits our scope of practice.  The Professional Foresters Law in PRC § 752(b) expressly states that “A professional forester is licensed to perform forestry services only in those areas of expertise in which the person is fully competent as a result of training or experience.”

Being “fully competent” in any subject is a moving target as laws, regulations, equipment, and our understanding of forested ecosystems constantly evolve over time.  It is incumbent upon us as professionals to keep up with any applicable changes and to re-assess our assumptions and beliefs in response to new information.  CLFA tries to promote the exchange of information and ideas in a number of settings.  The monthly newsletter keeps you apprised of current events statewide, breakfast groups provide for informal conversations focused around more local concerns, and the workshops provide for more formal training on focused subjects.  These avenues of distributing information should also encourage you to participate in discussions with other professional foresters in your local area or throughout the State.  These personal contacts can sometimes be the most valuable sources of information you have available to you.

I am excited about the upcoming Fall Workshop and Field Tour on September 25 and 26 in scenic Chester, CA.  The workshop, titled The Road Network Through our Forests, will focus on road engineering and maintenance including crossings, drainage, hydrologic disconnection, landslide mitigations, and rock pit development.  This topic should appeal to foresters in all stages of their career since we spend considerable time and resources upgrading and maintaining our road systems to mitigate the impacts of our forest management.  More information on this workshop is included later in this newsletter.  I hope you will consider joining us.

A secondary benefit of attending workshops and trainings is the opportunity to interact with friends and colleagues, and to meet new friends and colleagues.  It takes a lot of ground to grow trees, so we tend to be geographically separated from each other and don’t often have reason to get together.  I enjoy hearing the different perspectives people bring to an issue based on the specific challenges they face in their geographic area, and I’m always impressed by the pragmatic and thoughtful way foresters tend to address challenging issues.  It is a reminder that there is no finer group of professionals that I would rather be associated with.