Foresters Promote Active, Adaptive Management to Save Threatened Giant Sequoia Trees, Protect Groves

Sacramento, October 4, 2022

The California Society of American Foresters (Cal SAF) has released a Position Statement addressing ongoing threats to the state’s iconic Big Trees. Scientists estimate that up to 20% of the largest giant sequoias have been killed by intensely hot wildfires in recent years. Arresting this deadly trend and reversing its trajectory, especially in a time of rapid climate change, are matters of intense public interest. The paper, posted online at, lays out the understandings and actions that are needed to accomplish this urgent conservation work.

The primary author of this new Cal SAF position statement is Dr. Robert “Rob” York. Dr. York is a Professor of Cooperative Extension in Forestry at U.C. Berkeley and a leading authority on forest ecology and management in California’s Sierra Nevada. He may be contacted at (530) 333-0426 or

For More Information Please Contact:
Bill Keye, Cal SAF Communications Chair,, (530) 355-0670.

The California Society of American Foresters
Cal SAF is a State Society of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). SAF is a professional association with headquarters in Washington, DC. The Society is organized across the United States and Canada, serving as an accreditation and research body representing all segments of the forestry profession; including public and private practitioners, administrators, educators, and forestry students. SAF governs a majority of the political and scientific topics at the national level, which allows each jurisdiction to represent itself independently, guided by SAF’s Mission and Code of Ethics.

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