"2017 Annual Meeting Theme: The Impact of Fire and Climate Change on Water Quality and Availability"
The FLC Annual meeting, held for the first time in conjunction with the California Tree Farm Committee of the American Tree Farm System, will include a full day of expert speakers on the impact of California’s continuing catastrophic fire (and resulting insect-caused damage), and climate change, and thus on water supply and quality for nonindustrial timberland owners.
A new feature of our Annual Meeting will be a pre-conference "Night Owl" session presented by Lois Kaufman, RPF, on Thursday, April 27, 7:00pm-8:15pm. She will provide an introduction to the American Tree Farm System. As climate change and its related fires continue to ravage forestlands, the active management that tree farms and nonindustrial forest lands provide will be even more essential to our societal strength and the health of earth itself than they are today, and we urge those FLC members, and others, who have been considering how to “up their active management” game to attend.
The ‘speakers’ day’ will explore the impact of fire and climate change on water quality and availability. Some of our speakers are Hugh Safford on climate change, drought patterns, and the impact on fire return intervals, and Jodi Axelson of UCCE, Berkeley Forest Center on governmental response to fire-kill. Presentations will also focus on efforts of various water districts to cope with long-term soil loss and water quality threats following major fires such as the King Fire in Placer County, and of the Rim Fire on the Hetch-Hetchy Reservoir. Attendees will learn how to develop the tools to manage the anticipated changes to their forests.
The evening will feature time to visit with each other during a cocktail hour; dinner with a local luminary addressing the group; and a lively fundraising auction. The following field day includes visits to nonindustrial tree farm demonstration property in the region surrounding Sonora, which has experienced fire and its impacts on water courses and water quality. Experts will tell us about the complexities of post-fire forest and watercourse restoration.
Please join us at the field day, to see for yourselves the aftermath of fire on the watercourses of the Sonora area. FLC members and other forest landowners who are not currently tree farmers, as well as current tree farmers, are invited. Other field day invitees will likely include Placer County’s Assembly and State Senate members (or field representative); members of the Placer County Board of Supervisors; Public Agency representatives including California Fish and Wildlife, CalFire, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Natural Resource Conservation Service, California Geological Survey and California Board of Forestry; U.C. Cooperative Extension Forest Advisor; and Placer County Agriculture Commissioner. In sharing this field day, we can show our officials that there are engaged, trustworthy forestland owners with whom they can work as they develop the strategies and policies of the future. Likewise, FLC members and tree farmers can understand the viewpoints of our officials and learn how to best approach “stakeholder participation” opportunities.
Despite the serious business of learning “real facts,” the Annual Meeting program and field day activities are fun, so please attend. You’ll be glad you did.