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2017 California SAF Winter Meeting

January 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am - January 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


General Overview

The Society of American Foresters started in California in 1916. As we move into our second century, we will meet as a unified California Society of American Foresters. This meeting will feature an outstanding program on forestry and forest management in a geographic area supporting nearly 19 million people. We have a great meeting location lined up, with easy access to local airports. The program is of value to forest managers, policy makers, agency leaders, and members of the public in both northern and southern California. We look forward to an excellent dialog with all members of the California forestry and forest conservation community.


Specifically, the meeting will focus on 1) forest and natural resources management on lands adjacent to urban areas, 2) the role of citizens and communities in creating sustainable and resilient landscapes, 3) forest management strategies on federal and private ownerships, to meet landowner objectives and address sustainability, and 4) forest management and its role in providing sustainable, resilient, and diverse wildlife habitat, all while offering recreational opportunities for a highly diverse population. The meeting will conclude with a discussion on community involvement and look at approaches to create sustainable communities with engaged and enlightened citizens.


Thursday will start off with the joint NorCal/SoCal Executive Committee meeting. It will be held at the County of Los Angeles Fire Department Camp 2, at 4810 North Oak Grove Drive, in La Cañada Flintridge. Enter through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) security stop, letting them know that you are attending the SAF meeting at Camp 2. After security, make a quick right on Surveyor Road and follow the signs to Camp 2. There is ample parking, just follow the “Training Parking” signs. We will meet in the Camp’s classroom. The meeting is open all interested parties. This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about current forestry issues and see the how they can become involved in their professional organization.


For a fascinating Thursday afternoon, we have scheduled a private tour of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. If you plan on attending this tour, please indicate your citizenship during registration. Please also bring a form of government identification, such as a state-issued driver’s license. It will be a short five-minute walk from Camp 2 to NASA JPL. After the tour, we will return to Camp 2 for the Forester/Student Social. This will offer an informal environment to reconnect with friends, meet with students, and share stories, experiences, and opportunities in the forestry profession.


Come early and enjoy the many attractions in Los Angeles County. Visit the Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Santa Anita Park, Huntington Library and/or Descanso Gardens, enjoy hiking the San Gabriel Mountains, dine and shop in Old Town Pasadena, sip some beer at the Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, or seek the wisdom at the North Simon Museum, Gamble House, California Science Center, Disney Concert Hall and/or The Broad! For additional ideas, visit Discover Los Angeles.


A flyer and mail-in registration form can be downloaded HERE.

January 19th 2017

County of Los Angeles Fire Department Camp 2, at 4810 North Oak Grove Drive, in La Cañada Flintridge

9:00 AM – Noon Executive Committee Meeting (in the Camp 2 classroom,optional for attendees)

Noon – 1:00 PM  Lunch (at the Camp 2 kitchen)

1:00 – 2:00  Executive Committee Meeting, continued

2:30 – 5:00  NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Guided Tour (Citizenship and ID Required)

6:30 – 8:30 PM Social Hour (TBA)


January 20th

USFS Angeles National Forest Training Center 701 North Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA


Registration & Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.



8:00 AM Welcome and Introductions, Jeffrey Vail, Angeles National Forest Supervisor, Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument


Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of Forest Management in the Urban Interface 

8:20  San Gabriel Mountains National Monument – Matthew Bokach, Monument Manager, Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

9:00  San Bernardino Mountains Tree Mortality, Lessons Learned – Glenn Barley, CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit Chief


Fire, Forest and Community Sustainability 

9:40  Technology Solutions and Situation Analyst – Kate Dargan, Intterra Group

10:20 – 10:50  Break 


Fire and Forest Sustainability in the Urban Interface 

10:50  Hazardous Fuels Reduction Demonstration in Central and Southern California – Tad Mason, TSS Consultants


SAF Oral History 

11:30  Oral History Report, Preparing for the next 100 Years – Wendy Snyder, Oral History Project Manager, California SAF

12:00 PM – 1:30  Lunch, Business Meeting and Awards


Forest Management Challenges in the Greater Los Angeles Area Environment 

1:30   Southern California Forest Pest; Gold Spotted Oak Borer – Tom Scott, Ph.D. University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

2:10  Fire and Forests in Southern California – Richard A. Minnich, Ph.D. University of California, Riverside – Department of Earth Sciences

2:50  Break 


Sustaining Communities

3:10  Forest Management, Hazard Planning and Community Engagement – Rachel C. Smith, Ph.D. Deputy Forest Supervisor, Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

3:50  Fire and Forest Management at the Community Level- Beth Burnam, Ryan Ulyate – North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council

4:30 PM  Adjourn


*CFE Credits will be available from the Society of American Foresters


Meeting Location

County of Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Camp 2, 4810 North Oak Grove Drive, in La Cañada Flintridge

USFS Angeles National Forester Training Center, 701 North Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 


Arcadia Lodging

Hilton Garden Inn – Arcadia:
199 North Second Avenue, Arcadia, Ca 91006
(626) 574 – 6900
Group Rate:$120+tax STD room (includes hot breakfast)
* Mention C-SAF and get the group rate as long as rooms are available!

For visitor information and other Arcadia/Pasadena hotels:

www.visitarcadiacalifornia.com and/or www.visitpasadena.com


January 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am
January 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


Kevin Locke
( 800-738-TREE)
ncsaf at mcn.org


Arcadia, California + Google Map