Wednesday, April 16, 2014

University of California advocates for healthier forests

From page A7 | May 29, 2013 | 2 Comments

California forests are no longer natural. Over time, human impacts such as logging and fire suppression have left forests more prone to diseases, insects and wildfires. University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) recently received a competitive grant from Cal Fire to launch a forest management training program for private landowners to help protect California’s forests.

There are approximately 33 million acres of forest in California. Of those acres, 40 percent are owned by families, Native American tribes, or private companies and 27 percent are owned by individuals.

Less than 1 percent of private forest land owners had written management plans when surveyed. Management plans lead to healthier forests, and healthier forests protect against devastating wildfires, make for healthier rural communities, better wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and increase carbon sequestration, among other benefits.

The UCCE Forest Stewardship Training Series makes it easy for landowners to create a forest management plan, laying out the background of the forest, the landowner’s objectives and the steps the landowner has taken or is taking to achieve those objectives. The land management plan is a vital document when communicating with other industry professionals and serves as a business plan for the landowner.

Private forest landowners are encouraged to start the process through an online webinar, found at Through the webinar, landowners learn how to set goals and objectives for their forested land and learn to understand tree management, wildlife and water quality, recognize insects and diseases, and understand safety and roads.

Upon completing the short online training, landowners are invited to an all-day workshop for a more in-depth understanding of forest land management and are connected with a forest land management professional. Workshops will take place in Redding on May 29, Berkeley on June 15 and Auburn on June 22. Visit for more information, or contact Rick Standiford, UC Cooperative Extension Forest Management Specialist, at

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Discussion | 2 comments

  • Richard EMay 26, 2013 - 10:22 pm

    This is just another face of the Great Calif Land Grab. Please wake up, people.

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  • cookie65May 29, 2013 - 9:29 am

    The left never stops dictating their belief system on the rest of us. If you ever needed a better example of determining an outcome before doing a study this is it. In fact the single motive for the "study" was to determine the outcome. Inventing causes that justify ones employment. How did the forest ever exist or survive without a UC Cooperative Extension Forest Management Specialist? What does a gig like that cost the taxpayers? Notice how when times get tough education and safety are the first things the politicians threaten the people with but useless positions like this don't get cut.

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