Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Harlan Tranmer – President

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.

Jason Wells – Secretary/ Treasurerundefined

Born and raised in Petaluma, CA; he was first introduced to the back country as a member of his local Boy Scout Troop, where he learned to backpack, canoe, and explore the natural wonders of California. Jason attended Humboldt State University and graduated with a BS in Forestry in 2012, after which he began work as an inventory technician at Campbell Timberland Management in Fort Bragg, CA. In 2014 he began work as a forestry technician for Mendocino Redwood Company before finally moving to Humboldt Redwood in June of 2015. Jason became a Registered Professional Forester in early 2016, and has become the de-facto forester for the Elk River Watershed. Jason has been an active participant in the CLFA since 2012; one of his favorite hobbies is breakfast, which works well for the meeting times. Jason’s other favorite hobbies include brewing beer, playing guitar, collecting records, and fishing.

Tony Gomezundefined

In 1997 Tony took his first forestry job working for Natural Resources Management Corporation (NRM) cruising timber on SPI property. He graduated from HSU in 1999 and continued working for NRM cruising timber, laying out timber harvest plans for PALCO, Green Diamond and several private timberland owners. On 2010, Tony obtained his license and continued his employment at NRM was responsible for bidding on and administering marking, cruising and fuel reduction contracts. In 2013 Tony started working for Green Diamond Resource Company. He currently is a plan writing forester working out of the Korbel office.

Elicia Goldsworthy- RPF# 2818

undefinedElicia graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2001 with a B.S. in Forestry and Natural Resources Management and in 2004 with an M.S. in Forestry Sciences. Her graduate work was conducted at Swanton Pacific Ranch and focused on the application of various silvicultural treatments to improve forest health. She started her professional career as a forestry technician at Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) in Fort Bragg, CA where she eventually earned her RPF license in 2006. In addition to harvest plan writing, Elicia also conducted rare plant surveys for THPs, led the development of MRC’s botanical resources program, and assisted in the development of conservation and monitoring plans for all plants covered by MRC’s proposed Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Communities Conservation Plan.
After relocating to Humboldt County in 2010, she began work for UC Cooperative Extension, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, where she assisted and led various sudden oak death projects. While working as a contractor for NOAA Fisheries, Elicia developed a methodology to evaluate the future threats of timber harvest for the Final Southern Oregon and Northern California Coho Salmon Recovery Plan issued by NOAA in 2014. Later she accepted an opportunity to work for James Able Forestry Consultants serving as both an RPF and botanist. Currently, she is the Senior Botanist at Green Diamond Resource Company in Korbel, California. Elicia is an active member of CLFA as well as the California Native Plant Society, Northern California Botanists and California Women in Timber.


Eundefinedmil (Thomas) Mason

Emil was born and raised in Trinity County and has always been involved in the timber industry. Emil began working part time for his father (Fred Mason Logging) as a freshman in high school. He continued working for Fred Mason Logging as he pursued a Bachelor’s degree at Humboldt State University. Emil graduated from HSU in May of 2008 and immediately got a job as a forestry technician with Northwest Management Inc. based out of Moscow Idaho. Despite the fact that he was working as a forestry technician for Northwest Management Inc. Emil was able to become a certified Wild-Land Firefighter (Crew Boss and Engine Boss) while performing his duties as a timber cruiser and forest regeneration assistant. After five years with Northwest Management Inc., Emil was hired on at Sierra Pacific Industries as a district forester. While working for Sierra Pacific industries, Emil was able to get his RPF license #3017 in January 2016 and his PCA license #140588 in June 2017. His responsibilities include writing and layout of timber harvesting plans, administering logging operations and reforestation operations; road design, layout and construction administration; watercourse crossing design, layout and construction administration; conducting wildlife, botanical, and archaeological surveys; GIS mapping; assisting the regeneration forester with planting, re-planting; as well as prescribed burning operations. Emil is currently volunteering in his community as the Trinity Little League (baseball) president and has been a part of their board during the duration of his employment for Sierra Pacific Industries. Emil currently lives in Weaverville Ca, and continues to work for Sierra Pacific Industries as a District Forester.

Alex Stone

Bio Coming Soon!

Ariel Thompsonundefined

Ariel attended UC Berkeley receiving her B.S. in forestry and natural resources in 2012. She currently works as a forester for Berkeley's Center for Forestry based out of Blodgett Forest near Georgetown, CA. She assist in the management of the Center's network of research properties across the state. Current responsibilities include maintenance of inventory and GIS databases, harvest layout, outreach work with various community and professional organizations and facilitation of research projects carried out on Center property.

Paul Violett

Vice President, Chief Forester | Soper-Wheeler Company LLC | Strawberry Valley, California

As timberland manager, Paul is involved in all aspects of the daily management of Soper-Wheeler Companies forest and rangelands. The company’s lands are distributed through ten counties in Northern California.

Paul’s staff is currently responsible for all forestry activities on the company lands. This includes: logging supervision including company logging as well as contract logging; road construction and maintenance; log sale administration; vegetation management; tree improvement and tree planting, THP preparation and layout; inventory, planning and growth projection; and fuel management programs.

Paul has been with Soper-Wheeler Company since 1986 and has had experience in the full suite of disciplines noted above. Previously, he was employed by the California Department of Forestry where he worked at Mountain Home State Demonstration Forest in the Southern Sierra Nevada.

Paul is a former Board Member and past President of the California Licensed Foresters Association. In 2012, Paul served as Chairman of the California Forestry Association, where he still serves on the Board of Director’s. Also, he currently serves as Secretary and member of the Board of Directors for the Forest Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to public education about forestry.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry, and a master’s of science degree in wildland resource studies; both from the University of California, Berkeley. Paul was a fellow in the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

Paul and his wife Michele have lived in Yuba County for 32 years where they raised three children.

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.

undefinedKieran O'Leary

CA RPF License Number 2466 received July 1993.

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


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


  • 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. I respectfully am asking for your vote. Thank you.


Christopher Dow- VP

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.

Ricky Shurtz

Bio Coming Soon!


Kathleen Burr, Executive Director

  • Please enter your name.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    Please enter a valid phone number.
    You entered an invalid number.
  • Please enter a message.