UC Cooperative Extension plans nine part webinar series on reforestation in California
Placerville, CA – The University of California Cooperative Extension is hosting a nine part weekly webinar series on reforestation in California starting in January 2014. The goal of the webinar series is to explore issues related to reforestation in California including the current needs and the ecological, social and environmental benefits.
Issues in California reforestation to be addressed include the effectiveness of various practices used to re-establish trees, the large backlog of land requiring planting, wide variability in costs and limited availability of planting stock. Speakers will address techniques and case studies for replanting conifers, oaks, and riparian tree species; describe reforestation of burned areas in different regulatory and institutional situations including private land, state parks and federal land, and give information on financial and other incentives available to land owners and managers contemplating reforestation.
This program is aimed at foresters, land managers, land owners and others involved in planning and executing reforestation, afforestation and restoration projects. It will also be of interest to those working for agencies that regulate and/or fund these projects. It is co-sponsored and organized by the Northern California Society of American Foresters, University of California Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Registration is required though there is no fee to participate.
There are many thousands of acres in California that are either in need of post-fire reforestation or that are potential sites for forest restoration. A wide variety of practices is applied on the ground to achieve the goal of forest establishment. These practices vary in their effectiveness and costs.
Accurate, science-based and experiential information is required to facilitate reforestation and afforestation. This information is required by land owners, land managers, professionals and agencies servicing and funding reforestation and afforestation. Educational programs and training focused on reforestation have diminished over the past several years with the notable exception of the annual Vegetation Management Conference.
The benefits of reforestation and afforestation, commonly taken for granted, are important both locally and globally. New incentives created by carbon sequestration initiatives could stimulate an increased interest in reforestation and afforestation and an increased demand for both expertise and materials.
At the present time, there are a number of issues affecting reforestation practices. These include a large backlog of land requiring treatment, wide variability in costs and limited availability of planting stock.
This program is fully funded by a grant from the US Forest Service State and Private Forestry to the Northern California Society of American Foresters and in-kind contributions from sponsoring entities. The principal objective of this educational program is to explore some of the more important issues related to reforestation and afforestation. Specific topics include:
- The current scope of reforestation and afforestation needs in California.
- The ecological, social and environmental benefits of reforestation and afforestation.
- Bottlenecks and decision points confronted when planning and executing a reforestation or afforestation/restoration project including the procurement of planting stock, implementation alternatives and post-planting management.
- Reforestation of burned areas in different regulatory and institutional situations including private land, state parks and federal land.
- State-of-the-art practices in riparian forest and oak woodland restoration.
- Financial and other incentives available to land owners and managers contemplating reforestation or restoration.
In addition to formal presentations on these and other topics, the educational program will include field trips to selected sites to observe current and past reforestation and afforestation projects. Field trips will be organized in different regions and forest types.
This program is aimed at foresters, land managers, land owners and others involved in planning and executing reforestation, afforestation and restoration projects. It will also be of interest to personnel working for agencies that regulate and/or fund these projects.
This program will be offered as a series of webinars and field trips co-sponsored and organized by the Northern California Society of American Foresters, University of California Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Webinar Series Agenda
Session 1: January 8, 2014 11 a.m-1 p.m.
- Overview of Reforestation Process and Needs - John Helms, Professor Emeritus of Silviculture, University of California, Berkeley
- Reforestation on Public Lands: Needs and New Ideas - Joe Sherlock, Regional Silviculturist, US Forest Service, Region 5
Session 2: January 15, 2014 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Procuring Plant Materials: Conifer Cone Surveys - Teri Griffis, Reforestation Services, CALFIRE
Session 3: January 22, 2014 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Procuring Plant Materials: Conifers- Cone Collection Certification - Teri Griffis, Reforestation Services, CALFIRE
- Propagation of Plants other than Conifers - Rich Marovich, Solano County Water Agency
Session 4: January 29, 2014 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Implementation Alternatives: Conifers: Karen Jones-Schimke, USFS (retired)
Session 5: February 5, 2014 11 a.m-1 p.m.
- Reforestation of Burned Areas on Federal Forest Land: Ryan Tompkins, USDA-Forest Service
- Reforestation on Private Forest Land: Bob Rynearson, W.M. Beaty Associates
Session 6: February 12, 2014 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Reforestation of Burned Areas - Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Lisa Gonzales-Kramer California State Parks
Session 7: February 19, 2013 11 a.m-1 p.m.
- Oak Woodland Restoration Alternatives: Richard Harris NorCal SAF
Session 8: February 26, 2014 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Riparian Woodland Restoration: Rich Marovich, Solano County Water Agency
Session 9: March 5, 2014 11 a.m-1 p.m.
- Paying for Reforestation: Cost Sharing Programs and Other Incentives - TBD
- Summation of the Program: Panel Discussion of Benefits, Constraints and Research/Information Needs - TBD
Click on this link to register for the webinar series. REGISTRATION
For More Information
Contact Dr. Richard Harris, Society of American Foresters, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Susie Kocher, email@example.com Winter 2014 California Reforestation Webinar Series Flyer