California Licensed Foresters Association

Helping Determine the Future of Forestry in California Since 1980

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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

Kieran O’Leary

When I was elected as your President early this year, I assumed that there were going to be many incoming challenges to our profession. Perhaps it would be a new General Order from Water Quality, or developing legislation from Sacramento, or maybe a new electronic Timber Harvest Plan form. No, there was a greater dire and pressing challenge to address - one that shakes to the very core of our Association - the number of RPFs is on the decline – our ranks are thinning out – literally. You see it with job postings on websites that go unfilled for months, or employees finding a smaller pool of candidates to interview for jobs and open positions. We have to reach across state and international borders to fill vacancies for California jobs.

So what is CLFA doing to help with the problem? The answer is rather simple and very common to us as Foresters. To grow a tree you must first plant a seed. We need to reach out to our local youth; that next generation, and plant that seed in their mind; the idea of becoming a Forester and choosing Forestry as a career path.

At CLFA, we are doing this but we need your help, your membership, to groom that next generation of locally grown Foresters. Some of the programs that we are currently involved with are:

- Many of our members are assisting with the Forestry Challenge; and helping High School students complete the intense course which teaches the fundamentals of forestry.

- We are partnering with Future Farmers of America to endorse a Career Development Event. This certification program will give High School graduates an advantage in seeking entry level employment in the Forestry sector.

- We will be offering a third scholarship applicable to High School Graduates or CCC participants that will be attending a two year Forestry College program.

- We will be working with Professional Foresters Registration to possibly allow a two year Community College Associates Degree in Forestry to apply towards the seven years of experience in forestry work for qualifying to take the RPF exam.

- We are using our 30 Second Forester TV commercials to discover future Foresters. Our opening line in the TV ads starts with the question “Have you ever thought about a career in Forestry?”

I could list all the benefits of being a CLFA Member: Board of Forestry and State Legislature Representation, Continuing Education Workshops, Archaeology Training Courses, Breakfast Group Meetings, Monthly Newsletter, Employment Notices on our website, and Community Outreach. All the items listed above are meaningless if we cannot sustain our membership. The bottom line for any organization is that you get out of it what you put into it. Your membership in CLFA will sustain our ranks of Foresters, now and into the future. Thank you for your support.

Kieran O’Leary

CLFA President 2017-2018

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