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 the tumult of social change in the 1950’s and 1960’s influenced forestry?

15;15 –  Tell us more about your early employment and ultimately your career with California Department of Forestry.

19:15 –  Was there a connection between your employment opportunities and your membership in the Society of American Foresters?

21:23 –   What, and where, were some of your early assignments in California?

24:36 –  In 1976 you were promoted to CDF Resource Manager for the entire  Southern Sierra. What were the challenges of implementing the Forest Practice Act and environmental regulations at that time?

27:52 – Tell us about your move from a CDF Resource Management position to coordinating the CDF Conservation Camp program.

28:48 –  What are your memories regarding the political and policy changes within the California Division/Department of Forestry in the early 1980’s and 1990’s?

41:36 – Please expand your discussion of the numerous individuals associated with the California Division of Forestry and state government who influenced forest policy.

46:33 –  What was CDF Director Richard Wilson’s “Grand Accord” and how did it affect forest practices in the state?

54:30 –  What is your experience with collaboration?

56:12 – Tell us about the changes you have seen in the Society of American Foresters.

1:04:14 –   What is the best way to manage California forests?

1:10:24 – In a perfect world, what would be your vision of an ideal forest?


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