Board of Directors

2015-2016 Board of Directors

COAST DISTRICT

Jay Fazio – RPF #2803 President

Jay started his forestry career in summer of 1998 working for the U.S.F.S. on a Timber Stand Improvement crew thinning plantations and marking timber in Sequoia National Forest. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2000 with a B.S. in Forestry and Natural Resource Management. Jay began working on timber harvest plans in May 2001 as a forestry technician for Green Diamond Resource Company in Korbel, California. He was promoted to resource forester after obtaining his license in July of 2005 and worked for Green Diamond’s Klamath Division from August 2005 to June 2009. From 2010 -2015 Jay worked for Humboldt Redwood Company in Scotia, Californian preparing and implementing timber harvest plans in the Yager, Freshwater and Elk River watersheds. Jay currently works at CAL FIRE in the Humboldt –Del Norte Unit (HUU) as a Forest Practice Inspector

Sara Taddo Jones

I received my B.S. Enviro science (emphasis soil science and agriculture) from CU Chico in 1999. After many fortunate years of employment in and around Truckee as the land conservation director for the Truckee Donner Land Trust and working in the ski resort industry as a planner and project manager, I foresaw a niche for RPFs in California working to diversify the forest management industry in the Northern Sierras. I had the opportunity to work under legendary RPFs while earning experiential qualifications to sit for the exam. They were Dick Fores (RPF #214), Doug Ferrier and Rich Adams, for whom I assisted at California State Parks-Sierra District for almost 3 years (best job ever).

When I earned my RPF license in 2013, I was finishing up an incredible opportunity to project manage both the construction of a new ski chairlift, as well as, was the designee for Doug Ferrier on the THP and design of a new ski run/timber conversion. When the project was completed, I was out of a job and had a brand new RPF license. I decided to dabble in consulting as an RPF for private landowners, and have earned employment by numerous clients since, including my top priority- Plumas County Fire Safe Council.

I am married to the one and only, Greg Jones, and we have identical twin girls, Cecelia and Francis, age 6. We live in Auburn where I am planning a 1-acre vineyard for both table and wine grape production.

Stewart McMorrow

Stewart McMorrow has over 20 years of experience with forestry and natural resource management. Stew is currently the Reforestation Center Manager and acting Stewardship Forester for CALFIRE. Stew held a wide variety of positions located across northern California from the north coast to the sierra. He started his career with salmon restoration and conservation easement work in the redwood region. He then moved with his family to Lake Tahoe where he served as the Wildlife Program Manager for California State Parks and managed forestry projects for the California Tahoe Conservancy. In 2007 he accepted the job as Forest Fuels Manager for North Tahoe Fire and was a founding member of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team. While managing that program his focus was implementing thousands of acres of fuels reduction projects in highly contentious private lands surrounding Lake Tahoe, as well as supervising an intensive defensible space inspection program and offering technical assistance to area landowners.

Following budget challenges, Stew transitioned into international forestry consulting, focused on carbon sequestration verification and carbon project development projects and landscape level fire management across 10 countries and several U.S. states. Stew has operated as a tree faller and tree climber in Northern California for 20 years, removing hazardous trees near homes, as well as falling trees for fuels reduction, timber harvest and release projects.

Stew has an addiction to firefighting, having worked as a firefighter/engineer for 5 different fire agencies for over 10 years and is an avid mountain biker, skier and surfer. He has been a California RPF (#2878) for 8 years and is an SAF Certified Forester. He has a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Harlan Tranmer

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Natural Resources from California Polytechnic State University in 2000. I spent several years working for Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz County. I worked as a consulting forester for Kent & Associates in Sonoma County for 7 years. I have worked at Big Creek Lumber since July of 2012.

NORTH DISTRICT

Mike Bacca

Education:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Science, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, March, 1980.

Professional Societies and Activities:

-California Licensed Foresters Association, Member since 1978, Board Member and Secretary –Treasurer 2005-2007.

-California Agricultural Pest Control Association, Member since 1983.

I retired from CAL FIRE as Forest Practice Manger in December 2014 after serving on the Review Team in Redding and Fresno for almost 11 years. I completed both Fire Fighter Academy and Company Officer Academy and served on Incident Management Teams during my tenure.

Prior to working for CALFIRE, I worked for Simpson Timber Company, (Humboldt County) , Strategic Timber Trust (Mendocino County) , and Sierra Pacific Industries (Shasta, Siskiyou, and Modoc Counties) for 25+ years.

In my public sector employment, with CAL FIRE my jobs focused on Forest Practice and specifically THP review as Review Team Chair in both Redding and Fresno, and as Forest Practice Manger (Director’s Representative who completed final review of THPs and signed plans) in Redding.

In my private sector employments, I participated in the Management of fee timber ground including the preparation of Timber Harvest Areas, wildlife and archaeological surveys, and the authorship of, and administration of Timber Harvest Plans. Participated in the full spectrum of reforestation activities including prescribed burring of logging slash, contract administration of tree planting activities, and aerial and ground application of silvicultural herbicides. I am also a licensed Pest Control Advisor (PCA). I also administered Simpson Redwood Company’s Tree Improvement programs for redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) and Douglas-fir (Psudotsuga mensezii). The program included superior tree selection, scion and cutting collections, grafting and rooting of superior tree material for clone bank and seed orchard establishment, breeding of, and seed collection from superior trees, and design, establishment and monitoring of progeny and clone tests.

In other employment with Simpson Timber Company, I also had managing responsibilities included all research activities associated with the growing of a Short Rotation Intensively Cultured (SRIC) Eucalyptus program located in California and the improvement of planting stock for the fiber farm.

Jan Caster – RPF # 2338

Jan has always had a love for the outdoors, spending all of her summers as a child fishing and swimming at their family’s private camp on the North Fork of the Stanislaus River. Jan graduated from Humboldt State University in 1983 with a B.S. in Forest Management, and her 32 years in the timber industry began with a job with Caster Forestry Consultants in Redding, CA. Jan’s job duties included timber marking, cruising, and harvest plan layout for both large timber companies and small landowners, passing the RPF exam in 1986. Jan was a member of CLFA and was an active member of the Wintun Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, serving as Secretary and Fundraising Chairman for a number of years. In 1988 – 1993, Jan accepted a job working for the United States Forest Service, working in reforestation as an Assistant Culturist at the Weaverville Ranger District. Duties included contract administration for planting and manual release projects, maintenance of the District’s even-aged unit database, site preparation, firefighting, and helicopter-assisted snow surveys in the Trinity Alps. In 1993, Jan returned to Caster Forestry Consultants, writing and administering timber harvesting plans, exemptions and emergency notices for large and small landowners in Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, Siskiyou, Glenn, and Lake Counties. Jan began employment as a District Forester on the Redding District at Sierra Pacific Industries in 1998. Responsibilities as a District Forester for SPI include writing and layout of timber harvesting plans, exemptions, and emergency notices on company property; administering logging operations and reforestation contracts; road design, layout, and construction administration; conducting wildlife, botanical, and archaeological surveys; GIS mapping; and contracting with, and administering work done by various marking and RCD crews. Jan is currently on the Cow Creek Watershed Management Group board of directors, and past member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation board of directors (Redding Chapter). Jan is married to an RPF, and has a son attending college. Jan currently resides in Redding, and continues to work for Sierra Pacific Industries as a District Forester.


George ”YG” Gentry

YG (Young Growth) began working part time for his father OG (Old Growth), a consultant, in junior high. He became a full time tech in 1977. He graduated from HSU in 1983 with a degree in Forest Production Management, and in the same year he became a member in CLFA. YG earned his RPF license in 1985, and became a business partner with his father. YG was a consultant until 2002, when he became the Executive Officer of Forester’s Licensing. In 2003, he became the Executive Officer of the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. In 2015, YG left state service to become the Vice-President for Regulatory Affairs for the California Forestry Association.

YG has been a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters since 1985, and served as Chapter Chair and Western Region Director. He previously served on CLFA’s Board of Directors from 1997 until 2001. He is now an old fart, per Chris Rowney.

Nick Knipe – RPF# 2968 Vice President

Nick began his forestry career in 2004 after graduating High School working for Kostick & Whittier Consulting in Oroville, Ca while attending Chico State University. In 2007 he transferred to Humboldt State University and changed his major to Forestry. Upon graduating HSU in May 2010, with a BS Forest Production Management, he was hired at W. M. Beaty & Associates, Inc. in Redding as a seasonal forest technician, which turned into a full time position in October of 2010. Nick’s primary responsibilities with W. M. Beaty & Associates, Inc. has been timber harvesting plan preparation, administration of timber and biomass harvesting operations, administration of road construction activities, botanical surveys, and archaeology surveys, along with many other field aspects of the operation and management of family owned timberlands.

Kieran O’Leary RPF# 2466

Work Experience:

  • October 1995-Present: District Forester, Sierra Pacific Industries–Stirling City-Chico, CA
  • March 1995-October 1995: Inventory Forester, Sierra Pacific Industries–Anderson, CA
  • March 1994-October 1995: Forestry Consultant for William Keye-Redding, CA February 1989
  • March 1994: Staff Forester, W.M. Beaty & Associates,-Susanville-Redding, CA

Education:

  • Berkeley, CA – 1988 Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry & Resource Management.

CLFA

  • Member since 1993
  • Breakfast Group Leader for Chico-Oroville, CA (January 1997-February 2008)

CLFA has three key elements that make it a strong organization: Legislative Updates, Educational Programs, and Networking with Natural Resource professionals and leaders. Each element on its own is important, but combining all three under one roof makes us a powerful and impressive group representing California Licensed Foresters. CLFA is standing in our corner when it comes to monitoring state legislation that can have an impact on our profession. I want to work with the current CLFA Board and assist them with expanding our influence on the State Legislature for the better.

Anastasia “Stacy” Stanish – RPF#3000 Treasurer

Stacy graduated from Humboldt State University in 1994 with a B.S. in Fisheries Biology. Stacy started her career in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, first in Wallace then Priest Lake, doing stream habitat and wildlife surveys, timber cruising, and firefighting. While working for Pacific Lumber Company, she worked on the aquatics trends monitoring component of the company’s Habitat Conservation Plan. In 2005, she joined Fish and Game’s Timberland Conservation Program, first as the fisheries biologist in the Northern Region and then supervised the North Central Region timber program in the Sierra Nevada. She is currently a statewide Forest Practice Biologist with CAL FIRE, where she provides fish and wildlife technical support to the agency and conducts northern spotted owl assistance for RPFs.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT

Christopher Dow

Growing up in Chico, CA, Chris found an appreciation for the outdoors as he worked to obtain his Eagle Scout Award and found an application for this passion as he obtained his B.S. in Biology (Plant Science) from CSU, Chico. Following CSU Chico, Chris worked for two years with the US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Davis conducting research on fire and forest health under the supervision of Brandon Collins. Chris continued his work in the field of forest and fire ecology at UC Berkeley while obtaining his Masters of Forestry. During this time he worked extensively with Scott Stephens and Brandon Collins, as well as contributing to the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Program, and receiving the Roy Richards Scholarship from CLFA. During his tenure at UC Berkeley, Chris instructed biology courses for the Integrative Biology program Field Section. This program facilitated involving students in field research and exploring areas throughout California, including Point Reyes, Blodgett Forest, Vina Plains, and Table Mountain.

Following UC Berkeley, Chris took a position with Sierra Pacific Industries, Camino Division as a District Forester. He recently obtained his Registered Professional Foresters license as well as publishing his work in Environmental Science. Chris remains active outside of work, and enjoys camping, hiking, fishing and hunting throughout California.

Ronald Hutchinson

Ron began his forestry career in 1996 while attending Sierra Junior College where he received a degree in Forestry. He received his bachelor’s degree from Chico State in 1998 where he studied Geography emphasizing in GIS. Ron’s career began with Menasha Corporation in Grass Valley where his duties included preparing timber harvest plans, administration of timber operations, reforestation, timber cruising, and appraisals for medium and small landowners. In 1999, following the closure of Menasha’s doors, Ron opened his own business that provided logging, forestry consulting services, and arborist services for small landowners and utility companies. In 2013 Ron became employed with PG&E where he is currently enjoying overseeing land management and hydro facilities vegetation management out of the Grass Valley office.

CLFA BOARD OFFICERS

Kathleen Burr, Executive Director

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