Chapter Updates – Sacramento-Tahoe Chapter

HSU Student Chapter members at the 2015 SAF National Convention.
HSU Student Chapter members at the 2015 SAF National Convention.

We continue to hold meetings and participate in educational opportunities. Our attendance at meetings ranges from 15-20 normally.

Meetings

August: In August, the Chapter participated at the Nevada County Fair forestry exhibit. The effort was a success, as always, with daily activities for children and an interactive forest products game display. Special thanks to Joanne Drummond for heading up this effort!

In addition, the Chapter hosted the Northern California SAF summer meeting in Auburn. By all accounts, the meeting and tours were well received.

September: The Chapter held the monthly meeting at the USFS Institute of Forest Genetics in Placerville. Rob York spoke to us about some of his research at the Blodgett Forest in regards to various types of large tree harvesting and associated after-effects on species composition and productivity. Rob’s presentation sparked quite a bit of discussion.

October: October found the Chapter in Auburn to hear Steve Eubanks speak about small biomass energy development. This is a very timely and important topic, given all the recent policy and discussion along this topic area.

November: The November meeting was in Sacramento. We hosted Dr. Joanne FitesKauffman of the USFS. She spoke about her research into the effects of forest treatments on fire burn severity.

In December, the Chapter does not hold a meeting due to the holidays. We also do not have a meeting in January, as Northern California SAF will be having their winter meeting in Santa Rosa.

As the outgoing chapter chair, I hope to make the transition for our new chapter chair, Jon Jue, as smooth as possible. Jon has been our vice-chair, and will do an excellent job. We also have a new chapter secretary in Miles Heaton. Miles has recently moved into the Chapter’s area. Thanks to Miles for stepping up! The Chapter is still seeking a new vice-chair, as well as a treasurer.

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