In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order that went into effect March 19 at 11:59pm, our staff teams are working remotely until otherwise advised. During this time, we will not have access to live telephone answering. The best way in which to reach us is by email. Email us at email@example.com. We will respond to messages in the order they are received within 48 hours. We thank you in advance for your continued patience as we navigate this situation. You may also leave us a voice message at (877) 326-3778.
In the interest of addressing the health and safety of our Annual Meeting participants – attendees and presenters alike – the FLC Executive Committee made the decision to reschedule the Annual Meeting this year, which was scheduled for May 1-2 in Ukiah, CA.
FLC collaborates with the California Tree Farm Committee on the Annual Meeting. We are looking at alternative dates in mid- to late-September in Ukiah. We will continue to keep you apprised of dates as they are confirmed. We will post updates on the FLC website, send email broadcasts and communicate through regular mail as needed.
Typically during the summer months – June, July and August – we schedule three Field Days. At the time of this message, we are pausing to see how COVID-19 changes, which we hope is that the curve levels out. By the end of April, we expect to have a more definitive outlook on the June Field Day.
We are also looking at ways to connect members with information that is essential to forest management. This might include webinars, resources, etc. We are exploring a number of ideas.
We wish each of you the very best as you navigate this unique situation. Stay healthy and take good care of yourself.
SACRAMENTO – In a key step toward protecting California’s most wildfire-vulnerable communities, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has completed work on 34 of 35 emergency projects identified last year to help reduce public safety risk in 200 communities at high risk of wildfires. All of the 35 projects are now working fuel breaks in case of wildfire, with the final project scheduled for completion this spring. Two of the projects successfully protected Santa Barbara residents during the wind-driven Cave Fire before Thanksgiving.
The Working Forest Management Plan (WFMP) was approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in 2013. The Board of Forestry worked approximately three (3) years to develop regulations that were adopted in 2017. Shortly after the regulations were adopted an entity called the Coastal Action Group (CAG) filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court asserting the regulations violated the Forest Practice Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and CEQA. The judge found in favor of the CAG on two issues. The case was appealed by the Board of Forestry. In addition, the Legislature amended the WFMP in 2018 to reduce the maximum size of the plan from 15,000 to 10,000 acres and addressed the need for information regarding erosion control in the plan. The Board passed amended regulations in February 2019. The Appeals Court ruled in favor of the Board on August 22 and remanded the trial court to reverse its earlier findings. A link to the Appellate decision is included below. As an aside, the first WFMP has been submitted and is under review by Cal Fire and other state agencies.
There are no events this month.