The State of California is burning; is this our future? Our annual ‘Winter Meeting’ covered this topic in depth.

Presentations covered: CAL FIRE’s Forest Management Task Force, the California Board of Forestry’s Vegetation Management Program, Wildland Urban Interface policy/fire-resistant community planning, fire safe building design, and a case study of the Woolsey Fire. Please feel free to download slides from the presentations:

A successful finale…6 Final CaSAF Interviews Online

The CaSAF Oral History Project is winding down. With these 6 new interviews, we have 38 videos on-line. This is 26 more interviews than the 12 we originally planned.  Thank you to all who have contributed time, funds and expertise.   Allan West – United States Forest Service, retired 00:46: His 1949 immigration from England… Read More A successful finale…6 Final CaSAF Interviews Online

7 “Really New” CaSAF Interviews Online – January 22, 2018

Enjoy these new Oral History interviews! This group of 7 Golden and long-term SAF members share memories of careers in agricultural banking, private industry, federal and state agencies, research and forest policy via the DC Beltway.    George Roby – Forest Supervisor, Angeles National Forest, retired 18:30 – Providing ICS advice to the military… Read More 7 “Really New” CaSAF Interviews Online – January 22, 2018

Oral History Project: 7 New CaSAF Interviews Online

Enjoy these 7 new interviews!  Remarkable CaSAF Golden members share unique memories of their careers in California, Washington DC and South America…   …They also provide advice to young people regarding the profession and reflect on the future of forestry and natural resources management in California…   … And each have a vision of a… Read More Oral History Project: 7 New CaSAF Interviews Online

CA SAF NEWS RELEASE: Fire Retardant – a welcome sight for property owners during the October 2017 Wine Country Fires Sonoma County, California

A welcome sight for property owners, fire retardant is an essential fire fighting tool. California Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection reported pumping a record 387, 655 gallons of retardant in one day, Oct. 12, 2017 at the McClellan Air Attack Base in Sacramento.   Joe Sherlock and J. Lopez, Chairs of the Society of… Read More CA SAF NEWS RELEASE: Fire Retardant – a welcome sight for property owners during the October 2017 Wine Country Fires Sonoma County, California

NEW CASAF ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS ONLINE – October 2017 Update

We are rolling again!  All filming is complete, editing is in full swing and we are resuming posting of interviews . To view them, visit the oral history page.   This week we offer 5 NEW interviews. (and 23 more over the next 6-8 weeks.) These forestry professionals share stories and perspectives about their upbringing,… Read More NEW CASAF ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS ONLINE – October 2017 Update

Winter-Spring 2017 California SAF Sacramento-Tahoe Chapter Update

Meetings February 2017: Craig Thomas was our guest speaker for our Chapter meeting in Placerville. Mr. Thomas is the Conservation Director for the Sierra Forest Legacy. Mr. Thomas spoke on the Memorandum of Understanding between Federal and State Agencies, conservation and community fire protection groups to promote the careful and expanded use of fire for… Read More Winter-Spring 2017 California SAF Sacramento-Tahoe Chapter Update

2017 California SAF Summer Meeting – “Value Added Forestry”

REGISTER NOW About If you have been thinking that biochar, CLT, and nanocellulose were the latest gourmet offerings at your local vegan BBQ bistro then you may want to attend the 2017 Summer Meeting to get the real story! “Value Added Forestry” will be the topic of our annual summer meeting of the Northern and… Read More 2017 California SAF Summer Meeting – “Value Added Forestry”

Ken Delfino, California Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection, retired

Index to Interview Questions: 00:47 – Tell us about your background and how you got started in forestry and why you chose fire management. 03:32 – Were there any people or events that influenced your forestry career? 09:44 –  Were there personal considerations as you made decisions about your education and forestry career? 12:21 –   Do you think… Read More Ken Delfino, California Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection, retired