Welcome to Humboldt County and the heart of the North Coast Redwood Region, EUREKA! At this year’s ‘Early Bird’ lecture come learn about archaeology on your property and your rights and responsibility as caretaker of this resource. Then join us for the main meeting that revolves around planning for your next timber harvest, the suite of harvest permits that can be used to fit your harvest need, and timberland improvement opportunities through the use of the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) and the Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP); CFIP and EQIP in action! We hope to touch upon how these latter two programs can be applied to reduce some of the harvest permitting costs as well. Learn the advantages in having your own LTO (Licensed Timber Operator) C-License. Looking to add to your property holdings with another timber or agricultural land purchase in the future? American AgCredit will provide some insight on how to finance that non-conventional property purchase. We will then round out the meeting with some firsthand insight on the ramifications of 2017 North Bay Fire Storm and its repercussions on building to withstand wildfires.
The Field Day
This year’s field day will begin with an “early bird” activity – a brisk, but refreshing, historically narrated cruise around Humboldt Bay aboard the Madaket; the last remaining vessel of a fleet of seven that once ferried families and workers around Humboldt Bay from the turn of the 19th century until the Samoa Bridge was built in 1971. This portion of the “early bird” field day activity can accommodate up to 40 passengers on the vessel. The balance of the Field Day can accommodate more participants.
The field day will include a tour of Green Diamond Resource Company’s redwood thinning program in the Korbel/Little River management tracts. We will discuss the use of the smaller, highly articulated, more technological controlled, Scandinavian type harvesters and forwarder equipment in the harvesting of small timber. Here’s a new term, “Tethered Logging.” If given the opportunity we’ll explore the use of this relatively new harvest method on steeper slopes. The day will round out with a visit to the McAdams Ranch in the Glendale/Blue Lake area to view their grant funded wildlife habitat improvements they established a number of years ago. We’ll also view and discuss the ranch’s approach to slash disposal in an era when permitting and air quality clearance for burning is problematic.
Intertwined throughout the meeting and field day there will be updates on current issues that may affect your timber harvest planning process and land management activities. At today’s redwood log prices, it may very well be ‘red gold.’ Come and join us in Eureka, California on May 4 and 5, 2018.