Cal SAF Member’s articles and letters to the editor

This section of our website contains articles, letters to editors, published opinion pieces that are provided by members of Cal SAF. The views expressed in any content contained here belong to the person(s) who submitted the item and do not necessarily reflect any official position of the California Society of American Foresters (Cal SAF) or the Society of American Foresters (SAF).

California is killing off our spotted owls

The attached opinion was originally published in the October 12, 2023 Sacramento Bee and was written by Bill Keye, the CalSAF Communications Chair. In the article, he references the CalSAF position statement on Forestry Solutions to California's Wildfire Crisis. Some of the Dixie and Caldor fire statistics come from the USDA Forest Service reports located at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/plants-animals/?cid=FSEPRD1087476. Bill-Keye-article-Sacramento-Bee-oct-12-23Download ...

A mini-camp with major impact: California community college students are introduced to UC Berkeley’s Forestry Mini-Camp

The following article was written by Grace Dean and published on-line at https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=57861 on September 13th, 2023 in the UCANR Forest Research and Outreach Newsletter. Click on the link to see the accompanying photos. The window of summer is closed, and that ‘back to school' feeling everyone knows has settled in - the excitement, the nerves, the first 7AM breakfast you've had in the last few months. However, the magic of summer lingers, and is a bit more difficult to express in words alone. Rachelle Hedges, Project and Policy Analyst for Berkeley Forests, knows that magic all too well. She sees it every year on the faces of students who come to UC Berkeley's Forestry Field Camp and its new little sibling, Forestry Mini-Camp. Both summer camps take place at 100-year old Plumas National Forest site. Hedges sets the scene: “It's incredibly peaceful: no cars, and no lights. You see people fall in love with the forest and forestry, and the specialness of these people and this place.” While Forestry Field Camp is a summer school session for University of California undergraduates, Mini-Camp is a bit different. This one-week condensed version of the eight-week Field Camp serves as both an ...

“Nothingism” Has Wrecked the National Forests in California

By William Wade Keye (This article was excerpted from the July 2022 edition of SAF’s The Forestry Source (Volume 27, Number 7)) Keye-articleDownload ...

Burned acreage replanted at Mountain Home sequoia forest

The following article was published on May 23, 2022 in the Sacramento Bee. A couple of California SAF members are quoted. Burned-acreage-replanted-at-Mountain-Home-sequoia-forestDownload ...

Tom Gaman’s Letter to the Editor

Bay Area Chapter member Tom Gaman recently wrote a letter to the editor of the Independent Journal, the Marin County daily newspaper. His letter was published March 15, 2022 and was in response to an opinion piece written by Rene Voss and Chad Hanson titled Catastrophic wildfire risk: Concerns about fuel reduction that was published in the same paper on March 5th. Tom's letter is included here ...