California SAF 2016 Summer Meeting: A Centennial Celebration – Professional Forestry in California

Date: August 25-26, 2016

Location: Oakhurst and Bass Lake Area

The Society of American Foresters started in California in 1916. We are celebrating our centennial year, and have chosen the southern Sierra Nevada as the location for our meeting. The Thursday meeting will take place at the Chukchansi Resort in Coarsegold, California.

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This location is convenient to both Southern California and Northern California members of the forestry community. The Friday session will feature an exciting panel discussion entitled, “Forests, People and Ecosystems-in California-Predictions Regarding the Next Century.” We have many of the leaders in forestry in the state confirmed. We’ll also celebrate the Centennial of SAF in California with a banquet you won’t want to miss, with an special dinner presentation entitled, “An Evening with Gifford Pinchot.”

Friday’s field trip will be to various field locations in the nearby Bass Lake area. This region is particularly hard hit by massive drought-induced mortality. We’ll see the evidence of the die-off, and see examples of how local managers are moving forward with restoration efforts. This area is the focal point for Governor Brown’s executive order and action plan on forest health, and we’ll discuss progress on this multi-stakeholder effort.

Yosemite National Park in Yosemite Valley on HY 41. Shows some dead clumps.
Yosemite National Park in Yosemite Valley on HY 41. Shows some dead clumps. Photo By Thomas W. Catchpole

Draft Agenda:

Thursday August 25 – Chukchansi Resort
9:00 to 12:00 AM – NorCal and SoCal Executive Committee Meeting
1:30 to 2:30 PM – Registration
2:30 to 5:00PM – Centennial Panel-Forests, People and Ecosystems-in California-Predictions Regarding the Next Century
5:00 to 6:00 PM – Silent Auction and Social Hour
6:00 to 6:45 PM – Acknowledging California SAF Centennial
7:00 to 8:30PM – Dinner and Dinner Program “An Evening with Gifford Pinchot” – Gary Hines

Friday August 26th – Load buses at Chukchansi Resort
7:30 to 8:00 AM-Continental Breakfast
8:00 to 8:15AM-Load Buses
8:00 AM to 2:45 PM – Field Trip – Bass Lake Region – Topics include:
Predictive models for forecasting tree mortality
Scope and Scale of Southern Sierra Tree Mortality
Treatment priorities and implementation
Briefing on Governor’s Executive Order and action plan
Forest Management tools to reduce mortality
Utilization challenges
2:45-3:00 PM Load Buses for Return Trip
3:00 to 4:00 PM- Travel to Chukchansi Resort


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