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UC Forestry & Roads Workshops /Lectures Set

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UC Forestry & Roads Workshops Coming to Butte, Shasta, Trinity & Lassen Counties

The University of California Cooperative Extension and the Center for Forestry, Berkeley, with funding from the CALFIRE Forest Stewardship program, is sponsoring a series of one-day workshops and evening lectures across Northern California in the next 90 days to educate landowners about Forest Stewardship and Roads, Ecosystems & Defensible Landscapes.

The workshops are designed to help forest landowners learn more about managing property to enhance forest health and reduce risks. Forest Ecology and History of each region, the aftermath of fires and pre-fire preparedness will be covered at workshops in Paradise-Magalia in Butte County, Shingletown, McArthur and Round Mountain in Shasta County and Weaverville in Trinity County. The first workshop was held in Paradise-Magalia on August 1 where the subject was Forest Ecosystems and Creating Defensible Landscapes.

Speakers and agenda details were the same as those announced for the August 16 workshop in Shingletown.

The Shingletown workshop will feature Gary Nakamura, Forest Specialist, other experts on Forest Ecology, Forest History and Forest Health plus field tours of fuel reduction treatments at several locations.

“The one-day workshop in Shingletown (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will help forest landowners manage their holdings to enhance health while minimizing risks,” said Carol Fall of UC Davis. “In the morning lecture, we’ll cover basic forest ecology, local forest history, the aftermath of fire, pre-fire preparedness and more in an interactive workshop. The afternoon field tours will show landowners what others have been doing, what works and what doesn’t. This is an opportunity to learn about your property, ask questions of professionals and get answers,” Fall added. Lunch will include barbequed tri-tip at this session.

In McArthur on September 5, the workshop subject will be Forest Ecosystem Stewardship.

Forest Road Risk Assessment and Management will be the topic in Weaverville on September 13. Fall explained this one day workshop will help landowners who want to know more about forest roads. Speakers will cover the fundamentals of road design, the effect of geology on roads and stream crossings, why roads fail and sources of technical assistance. The afternoon field trip will demonstrate road problems and how to resolve them.

Forest Restoration after Wildfire will be the focus of two workshops at the Fountain Fire Area near Round Mountain. These sessions are a response to the recent wildfires. The objective is to help forest land owners deal with the aftermath of fire. Details are being finalized, but both workshops will use the Fountain Fire as a living laboratory. The first workshop on September 20th focuses on the “nuts & bolts” of recovering from a fire, including salvage logging, erosion control and how to order planting stock. The second workshop on October 11 provides a long-term look at reforestation and the effects of different treatments. Similar workshops are also set for Cazadero and Healdsburg in Sonoma County on October 4 and 18, respectively.

Workshop registration includes a BBQ Tri-tip lunch, snacks, CD and materials. The fee is $15 or $20 if not received 7 days prior to the workshop. Space is limited. For more information including workshop meeting sites and times or to register, check and click on “2008 Forest Stewardship Workshops” or contact Sherry Cooper at (530) 224-4902, or contact Carol Fall at (530) 623-7155,

Lecture Series To Be Held at Shasta College in Redding

Have you ever wanted more information on natural resource topics that you keep seeing in the media and elsewhere?What exactly is the relationship between wildfire and forest health? What is “forest sustainability” and “community-based natural resource management?”  If you want the answers to those questions and more, the following lectures should be of interest.

Lectures on Recognizing and Managing Healthy Forest Ecosystems will be offered to interested landowners from August 20 to October 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Shasta College’s University and Health Sciences Campus Community Room in Redding’s Downtown Mall at 1400 Market Street.

Lecture A, August 20, will cover Elements of Forest Sustainability by Robert Powers, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station (retired).

Lecture B, August 27 details Wildfire and Forest Health by Carl Skinner also with USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station.

Lecture C, September 3, focuses on Watersheds, Water and Endangered Fish by Lisa Thompson, UC Davis and Rene Henery, Upper Sacramento River Exchange.

Lecture D, September 10 will be about Natural Resource Economics with Bill Stewart from UC Berkeley at the podium.

Lecture E, September 24 is to cover Wildlife and Wildlife Management. Lecturer will be Tom Rickman, USDA Forest Service, Lassen National Forest Trust.

Lecture F, October 1, is on Climate Benefits of Forest Management. Speakers include Fred Tornatore, TSS Consultants; Tom Christofk, Place County; Stewart of  UC Berkeley; Eric Holst, Environmental Defense Fund and John Bernstein, Pacific Forest Trust.

Lecture G, the last in the series on October 22 will cover Community-Based Natural Resource Management with Jonathan London, UC Center for the Study of Regional Change, Davis; Mary Mitchell, Western Shasta County Resource Conservation District; Beth Rose Middleton, UC Berkeley; Lynn Jungwirth, Watershed Research and Training Center.

Registration fees for the lectures are $5 each ($10 if not received 7 days in advance of each lecture). Those interested may choose as many lectures as they wish as each will be self-contained. To register for these lectures go to

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