Forestland Steward Newsletter

A treasure trove of Information

newsletter coversForestland Steward newsletter is produced quarterly by the California Forest Stewardship Program to "improve communication with forestland owners and provide better access to technical information that will help landowners become better stewards of their forestland." There is a printed copy mailed out to a diverse audience of forestland owners, professionals, community organizations and other interested parties. A pdf version, which is available about a month before the hard copy, is sent out by email.

To receive your own copy, contact Stewart McMorrow, Stewardship Program Manager.

Fall 2018 - Top priority! Rebuilding Forest Health
Spring 2018 - Using Prescribed Fire for Better Forest Health
Winter 2018 - Lightening the Fuel Load

Fall 2017 - Promoting Forest Health
Summer 2017
- Restoring Forest Health
Winter 2017 - Don't Give Up!

Summer 2016 - Unprecedented!
Spring 2016 - We're 20!

Fall2015/Winter2016 - Fire Season is Over...Now What?
Spring 2015 - Restoration: A Gift to the Future

Fall 2014/Winter 2015 - Forests: Part of the Climate Solution
Summer 2014 - Another Year of Drought
Winter/Spring 2014 - Forestry Assistance for Landowners

Fall 2013 - Fungi
Summer 2013 - Chaparral
Spring 2013 - Prescribed Fire
Winter 2013 - State Nursery and Regeneration

Fall 2012 - Fire Adapted Communities
Summer 2012 - Changing Times
Winter 2012 - Management Plans

Fall 2011 - Mountain Meadows
Summer 2011 - Silviculture
Spring 2011 - Forest Succession
Winter 2011 - Community-based Forestry

Fall 2010 - Biomass
Summer 2010 - Balancing Wildlife Needs with Fuels Management
Spring 2010 - Lessons Learned from the Angora Fire
Winter 2010 - Tools of the Trade

Fall 2009 - Your Place in the Watershed
Summer 2009 - Oak Woodlands
Spring 2009 - Creative Solutions for Challenging Economic Times
Winter 2009 - Noxious Weeds

Fall 2008 - After the Fire
Summer 2008 - Planning for Wildfire

Fall 2007 - Community Conservation and Wildfire Protection Plan
Spring/Summer 2007 - Forests Have a Role in Climate Solutions
Winter 2007 - Forest Management Part IV: Managing Risks

Fall 2006 - Forest Management Part III: Managing Existing Stands of Trees
Spring 2006 - Forest Management Part II: How Does Your Forest Grow?
Winter 2006 - Forest Management Series Part I: Intro to Forest Management

Fall 2005 - Forest Stewardship
Summer 2005 - Construction and Design Considerations to Help Protect Your Home
Spring 2005 - Mechanical Fuel Reduction Around the Home
Winter 2005 - Reduce the Negative Effects of Roads

Fall 2004 - CDF Fire Academy
Summer 2004 - First Steps Out of a Perilous Situation
Spring 2004 - Post-fire Response: Assess Your Situation

Summer 2002
Spring 2002
Winter 2002

Fall 2001
Summer 2001
Spring 2001
Winter 2001

Fall 2000
Summer 2000
Spring 2000
Winter 2000

Fall 1999
Summer 1999
Spring 1999
Winter 1999

Fall 1998
Summer 1998
Spring 1998
Winter 1999

Fall 1997
Summer 1997
Spring 1997

Fall 1996


List of Articles

Fall 2018 - Top priority! Rebuilding Forest Health

* Report highlights forest health issues
* Task force focuses on forest health improvements
* Grants available to support improved forest health
* Steep terrain tools help reduce hazardous fuel loads
* Tips for managing habitat to protect endangered species

Spring 2018 - Using Prescribed Fire for Better Forest Health

  • Rethinking forest landscapes
  • Collaboration is key to forest health
  • Too many trees rob forest health--and water supplies
  • Prescribed fire offers new options for private landowners
  • Guide to restoring land with native plants after wild fire

Winter 2018 - Lightening the Fuel Load

  • Fuel-load reduction becomes more urgent
  • Changing wildfire patterns require new mindset
  • Fuels reduction project saves home, blue oaks and historic town
  • Sudden oak death pathogen spreading
  • Landowner options and grants to reduce fuel loads

Fall 2017 - Promoting Forest Health

  • Landowner guide to wildfire recovery
  • Beefing up California’s biomass economy and forest health
  • Teens prepare for forestry professions
  • California’s oak forests face new threat

Summer 2017 - Restoring Forest Health

  • Survey finds increased tree mortality
  • Salvage-logging causes little damage
  • Rethinking a changing landscape
  • Forest owner talks about tree die-off
  • Plan ahead to replant trees 

Winter 2017--Don't Give Up!

  • Reforestation: It's worth the effort
  • Considerations for a successful planting
  • Cost-share can make your regeneration project easier
  • Resources for planting planning
  • Options for ordering seedlings
  • Exploring the idea of assisted migration
  • Forest management in uncertain times

Summer 2016--Unprecedented!

  • Unprecedented tree mortality in California
  • Meet Stewart McMorrow
  • FAQs about tree mortality
  • What can you do about tree mortality?
  • Seasonal actions
  • Don't forget that wildlife need snags
  • Tree mortality viewer
  • CFIP cost share
  • Call the Helpline first

Spring 2016--We're 20!

  • Celebrating two decades of thoughtful forest stewardship
  • What is the right thing to do?
  • Step 1: Create a forest management plan
  • Forest succession: Passing on your land
  • Friend and foe: The paradox of fire
  • Water and fire: Two key forest stressors
  • Management your forest in changing times
  • Forestland Steward Index
  • Quick fixes for fire them now!

Fall 2015/Winter2016--Fire Season is Over...Now What?

  • A bad year for California forests
  • Assess the damage
  • Dos and don'ts for restoration after fire
  • What is El Niņo and why should you care?
  • Protect your roads and drainage system
  • Be vigilant: weed out invasive plants
  • Snags, what to do?
  • Tips for hiring a professional
  • Fans of burned forests
  • Governor Brown declares state of emergency

Spring 2015--Restoration: A Gift to the Future

  • Regenerating the forest
  • Take time to plan
  • New seedling sources
  • Seed Bank crucial to regeneration
  • Bottom line: soil
  • Planting tricks of the trade
  • Need help?

Fall 2014/Winter 2015--Forests: Part of the Climate Solution

  • State offers funding for projects to increase forest carbon
  • Forests, carbon, and climate
  • Summary of programs
  • Ready to do a project?
  • Where does the money come from and other FAQs
  • Order seedlings for restoration and reforestation

Summer 2014--Another Year of Drought

  • Drought in the forest
  • The physiology of drought
  • Blue Oaks: Not dead, drought deciduous
  • Party time for pests
  • Storage and Forbearance
  • How can you help wildlife
  • Wildfire Safety Tip: Start at the house and work out
  • Stewardship News

Winter/Spring 2014--Forestry Assistance for Landowners

  • Forestry assistance encourages good stewardship
  • CFIP: State program
  • 35 years of CFIP
  • Seed bank ensures healthy forests
  • What's wrong with my trees?
  • Grant programs from NRCS
  • Online learning: Starting your forest management plan

Fall 2013--Fungi in the Forest

  • Fantastical fungi
  • The wonderful world of mycorrhiza
  • Fungal diseases
  • Healthy forests include a healthy soil community
  • Mushroom hunting for fun and profit
  • Fungal fun facts

Summer 2013--Chaparral

  • Chaparral: Unloved, misunderstood
  • Fire in CA--north vs south
  • Native plants
  • Who calls chaparral home?
  • Tips for enhancing habitat for birds
  • "House Out" defensible space concept
  • Harden your home
  • Red flags and fire watches

Spring 2013--Prescribed Fire

  • Fire: an important management tool
  • Air quality planning for prescribed burns
  • Will Harling: Nuts and bolts of implementing prescribed burns
  • Vegetation Management Program
  • Oak woodlands and fire
  • Prescribed fire on the State Forests
  • Prescribed Fire Councils and a Consortium
  • Stewardship planning for family forests

Winter 2013--State Nursery and Regeneration

  • State of the State's nurseries
  • California Seed Zone Map
  • More on Seed Zones
  • Call to landowners: Find the cones
  • Short primer on planting trees
  • Soquel Demonstration State Forest
  • Prepare your Management Plan

Fall 2012--Fire Adapted Communities

  • What is a Fire Adapted Community?
  • Brushy Creek survives
  • Elements of Fire Adapted Communities
  • Checklist to protect your home from embers
  • Effective defensible space
  • Protecting the community
  • When wildfire threatens
  • Living With wildlife resources
  • Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit

Summer 2012--Changing Times

  • Emerging Threats
  • Managing for a Different Tomorrow
  • Water and Fire
  • Expect the Unexpected
  • Compensation for Ecosystem Services?
  • Climate Change Resources
  • New Management Ideas

Winter 2012--Management Plans

  • Why do a Management Plan?
  • The One-Plan Plan
  • Find the right RPF
  • Forestry Institute for Teachers
  • Cost-share programs
  • Placer RCD
  • Rick Gruen
  • WUI webinars
  • Burn locally

Fall 2011--Mountain Meadows

  • The myriad benefits of mountain meadows
  • More than pretty flowers
  • Pond and plug at Big Bear Flat Meadow
  • Fire returns to Van Vleck Meadow
  • Mountain meadows: hotspots of biological diversity
  • Courses and funding opportunities for landowners
  • Chris Zimny ready for challenges of forestry assistance

Summer 2011--Silviculture

  • Silviculture: the science & the art
  • Silviculture 101: a quick overview
  • Your vision, your plan
  • The art of marking the forest
  • An example of marking guidelines
  • What makes an old coast redwood forest?
  • Techniques to restore an old growth forest
  • Good news! Cost share funding
  • Usal Redwood Forest receives easement award

Spring 2011--Succession Planning

  • Forest succession: passing your land to the next generation
  • You have options
  • Who gets the land?
  • Checklist for the future of your land
  • Plan a family meeting to share thoughts
  • A matter of values
  • Attach your children to your land
  • Celebrate the 2011 International Year of Forests
  • Where to start on succession planning
  • What's a webinar?

Winter 2011--Community-based Forestry

  • What is a community forest?
  • Weaverville Community Forest: successful partnerships create a community forest
  • Arcata Community Forest leads the way
  • Usal Redwood Forest: A new model
  • Burney Creek-Hat Creek Project: A sustainable landscape approach to benefit the local community
  • Stewardship contracting to help fund projects
  • Advice for starting your own community forest

Fall 2010--Biomass

  • What can we do with the excess biomass?
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Biomass Utilization 101
  • What can you do with it?
  • Site-driven biomass utilization project
  • Definitions and Conversions
  • Biomass cost share and other grant opportunities
  • Benefits of biomass utilization

Summer 2010--Balancing Wildlife Needs with Fuels Management

  • Balancing wildlife needs with fuels management
  • Top 10 wildlife considerationsfor fuels treatments
  • A few thoughts on managing for wildlife
  • New dimensions for Sierran fuel treatments
  • Snags: so much more than dead trees
  • Balance habitat with safety
  • Strategies to enhance habitat for birds
  • Species Spotlight: All eyes on the fisher
  • Some easy ways to enhance wildlife habitat
  • Document your forest with a nature journal

Spring 2010—Angora Fire: Lessons learned

  • Defensible space: a vital part of fire safety
  • Quick fixes…do them now!
  • Fuels treatments to emulate benefits of natural fire
  • Research to reduce wildland fire impacts
  • Tahoe RCD: Backyard conservation assistance
  • Susie Kocher: Community liaison
  • More homeowner wildfire mitigation ideas
  • Where is this home vulnerable to ember attack?

Winter 2010—Tools of the trade

  • Widgets, gadgets, and machines
  • Old classics and other tools
  • New methods lessen environmental impact
  • One RPF’s opinion on portable sawmills
  • Chainsaws: indispensable but dangerous
  • Safety first!
  • An interview with Jill Butler, FAS extraordinaire
  • Convenience and precision of measuring tools
  • Partnership in the Russian River area

Fall 2009—Where is your place in the watershed?

  • Many threats and much that can be done
  • Keep rivers functioning as they should
  • Healthy roads for healthy watersheds
  • Heads up…it’s another El Nino year!
  • When water is lacking in the watershed
  • Goodies for forest landowners in 2008 Farm Bill
  • Salmonids are struggling in California
  • More about watersheds
  • Jane LaBoa: New voice of the Helpline

Summer 2009—Oaks in California

  • Rule #1: protect the roots
  • Wildlife and oaks need one another
  • Grazing animals and oaks
  • Firewood cutting need not harm wildlife
  • Fire in the oaks: friend and foe
  • Oak restoration: stewards to the rescue
  • Sudden Oak Death still killing trees
  • New oak pest found in San Diego County
  • Oak health check
  • Pilot will assist landowners develop forest management plans
  • Oh my aching back, leg, elbow…

Spring 2009—Creative solutions for challenging times

  • Ecosystem services…who pays?
  • Nature tourism: potential revenue in your forest
  • Ranch for wildlife, reap the rewards
  • Looking for ways to use woody biomass
  • The language of biomass utilization
  • Other tools that might help make ends meet
  • Is a conservation easement for you?
  • Get ready—fire season coming!

Winter 2009—Noxious weeds

  • Invasives: not your everyday garden wood
  • Create an Integrated Weed Management Plan
  • Weed prevention best management practices
  • Attack your weeds like a wildfire
  • Know your enemies
  • Hazel Jackson leaves her mark on CLFA
  • The State of California’s Forests
  • The alphabet soup of forestry assistance

Fall 2008—After the fire

  • Forest recovery: Regeneration or reforestation
  • Protect your soil and water
  • Roads need protection too
  • Fire in the redwoods: Lessons Learned
  • MFRIG helping people help the land
  • Post fire restoration DOs and DON’Ts
  • The real dirt on hydrophobic soils
  • Get all your fire recovery info in one place
  • Wildfires and wildlife

Summer 2008—It’s up to you

  • Planning for wildfire survival
  • Take the Homeowner Wildfire Assessment
  • Will a fire engine come to your house?
  • Water water everywhere…
  • Create a safety zone…just in case
  • Stay or leave? Evacuation checklist
  • Fire Information Engine Toolkit
  • Wildfire recovery

Fall 2007—Taking it to the next level

  • Conservation Principles (outline)
  • Decisions, decisions
  • Make your own CCWPP
  • Sierra Nevada Community Conservation and Wildfire Protection Plan Guidebook
  • Conservation Principles (details)
  • Basic concepts for living with fire in the Sierra
  • Create your maps with online mapping tool
  • Fire debate continues 100 years later

Spring/Summer 2007—Forests have a role in climate solutions

  • A short primer on forests and climate change
  • Seeking innovative solutions in California
  • FAQs on forest carbon
  • CAL FIRE’s nursery does its part to help with reforestation and global warming
  • Forest carbon: getting started, keeping up
  • Steve Hackett: Forest Steward of the Year

Winter 2007—Forest Management Part IV

  • Managing risks: fire, pests, disease, and other undesired challenges
  • Fire hazard and fuels treatment
  • Rogue’s gallery of pests, diseases, and troubles
  • Dead or dying: how can you tell?
  • Aspen—more than just a pretty tree
  • Forest management under new conditions

Fall 2006—Forest Management Part III

  • Managing existing stands of trees
  • Using silviculture to meet your forest goals
  • Adjustments: intermediate treatments
  • Steps to growing a new forest
  • If restoration is your goal

Spring 2006—Forest Management Part II

  • How does your forest grow?
  • A point in time
  • The basics: how does a tree grow?
  • Soil: treat with care
  • Site quality, site index, and site class
  • Estimating site index
  • Strange goings on under the soil
  • PRC 4291
  • More on fire safe landscaping

Winter 2006—Forest Management Part I

  • Forest management series begins here
  • The first step: know your forest
  • Measuring your forest
  • Tools for the job
  • Good recordkeeping a must
  • Setting your goals
  • Regulations and permits
  • More on timber harvest permits
  • Tax time and other economic topics
  • Some notes on hiring professionals

Fall 2005

  • Stewardship courses a hit
  • Seasonal Stewardship: Basic winter chores
  • A Landowner’s Perspective (Carson letter)
  • Create your stewardship plan
  • Entrepreneurs in the forest
  • Thoughtful principles for your stewardship plan
  • The magnificent red fir

Summer 2005

  • Construction and design considerations to help protect your home
  • Fire safe information can be fun
  • Well-functioning wetlands best defense against West Nile virus
  • Evacuation: Create a plan and practice
  • Plan for your animals
  • CE advisors--from the campus to the community
  • Make your forestland more hospitable to birds
  • Fire safe demonstration gardens

Spring 2005

  • Mechanical fuel reduction around the home
  • The story of ticks and Lyme disease
  • First step: assess your forest stands
  • How to fell trees safely
  • Who are we? The Forest Stewardship Program

Winter 2005

  • Working to reduce the negative effects of roads
  • Must-have video for forest roads work
  • After planting: what next?
  • Practice good hygiene when feeding birds
  • State of the forest industry in CA
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about timber taxes…and then some
  • New conservancy for Sierra Nevada projects

Fall 2004

  • Special Report: CDF Fire Academy
  • Triage: can this house be saved?
  • It’s that time of year: plan to plant
  • Chainsaw common sense

Summer 2004

  • First steps out of a perilous situation
  • Recommendations for reforestation
  • Seasonal Stewardship: Quick fixes/pre-fire planning
  • Operate your equipment the right way
  • The vulnerable parts of your house
  • Grow your own: collecting seeds
  • Incense-cedar: as lovely as it is useful

Spring 2004

  • Post-fire response: assess your situation
  • Should you help wildlife after a fire?
  • Planning ahead: help before, during, and after fire
  • Massive plan to guide coho recovery
  • Bark beetles a sign of a stressed forest
  • Tax time coming: be prepared
  • Stewardship course for forest landowners

Summer 2002

  • Encourage wildlife in your forest
  • Francis A. Fritz Riddell
  • Why is wildlife important to the forest?
  • Rodney Dangerfield of the animal kingdom (bats)
  • Build boxes for bats and birds
  • Solano County RCD support for wildlife restoration
  • Good stewards of the range
  • Looking for solutions to forest loss

Spring 2002

  • Friend and foe: the paradox of fire
  • Forest Pest Detection report
  • Fuel characteristics
  • How to burn piles properly
  • FAQs about defensible space
  • Numerous options for fuels management
  • Meet the masticator
  • How to select a tree service
  • Look to the past to understand the present
  • A brief look at coho

Winter 2002

  • Maps, photos, and data for all your needs
  • Forest incentives
  • Bioengineering to control stream bank erosion
  • Prune trees for better health and higher value
  • Willow family has many uses
  • National timber tax website has it all
  • Salmonid Stream Habitat Restoration Manual
  • Aquatic Restoration Guiding Principles

Fall 2001

  • Coast live oak management tips for landowners
  • Seasonal Stewardship: Order seeds; planting plans
  • It’s cone season at the nursery
  • Get ready to winterize your roads
  • Getting a handle on broom (part II)
  • Burning Issues CD for teachers
  • King of the pines/Queen of the Sierras (sugar pine)

Summer 2001

  • Weed Management Areas
  • Attack your weeds like a wildlife
  • Getting a handle on broom
  • What is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF)?
  • How to choose a competent professional
  • Develop an integrated weed management plan
  • Steps being taken to isolate Sudden Oak Death

Spring 2001

  • Fire safe projects: from chippers to chats
  • New voice on the Forest Stewardship Helpline
  • Forming your own Fire Safe Council
  • Road rights and responsibilities: what every landowner should know
  • Bigleaf maple
  • Forestry Institute for Teachers

Winter 2001

  • California’s Forest Legacy Program expands
  • Why the big deal about forests next to streams?
  • Some functions of large woody debris
  • Red alder: part of the streamside forest
  • Landowner’s experience: conservation easement
  • Thinning for increased forest health and profit
  • Get ready—it’s that time of year again

Fall 2000

  • Pest management in perspective
  • Let me introduce myself… (Jeff Calvert)
  • Oak mortality: Pathogen found, more questions
  • Pitch canker continues to be a threat
  • CA State Board of Forestry
  • New logging regulations
  • Tree notes

Summer 2000

  • Ranch Fire highlights value of pre-fire planning
  • Danger spots around your home
  • Fire protection and resource managemen
  • Salvage timber harvesting considerations
  • Restoring the land after the Pendola Fire
  • Fire cycles

Spring 2000

  • Doerksens create “best forest in the whole world”
  • Landowner objectives and the management plan
  • Protect your forest from wildfire
  • Silviculture: applied forestry
  • Intermediate treatments
  • Conservation easement FAQs
  • The language of silviculture

Winter 2000

  • Hardwoods coming into their own
  • Tanoak dieback affecting coast live oaks too
  • Seasonal Stewardship: Protect your seedlings
  • CA Hardwoods: opportunities, challenges
  • Estate Planning: Consider the future of your land
  • Choosing an estate planning lawyer
  • Minimize wildlife disturbance when cutting firewood

Fall 1999

  • What is a healthy watershed?
  • How healthy is your stream?
  • Stream alterations under Section 1603
  • New studies add pieces to the puzzle (Hillslope Monitoring Study and WPRC Report)
  • Put unneeded roads to bed

Summer 1999

  • Welcome to the I-Zone
  • Programs for CA forest landowners
  • Battling the kudzu of the west (cape ivy)
  • Ecological principles help predict forest changes
  • Seasonal Stewardship: Breaking up fuel continuity
  • RC&D or RCD: What’s the difference?
  • Brush piles can provide vital cover

Spring 1999

  • Habitat sweet habitat
  • An inside look at the 1996 Fire Plan
  • Steps to a firewise home
  • Firewise landscaping
  • Fire resistant trees and shrubs
  • Stewards of the past
  • Archaeological rules and the THP
  • Hot issues in forest planning
  • What is a fire hazard?

Winter 1999

  • Funding assists landowners in fire recovery
  • Tree harvest in cases of emergency
  • Prune correctly for healthy trees
  • Storm repair tips
  • A primer on income taxes for forestland owners
  • Recordkeeping vital to good tax planning
  • Estate planning: integral part of good land stewardship
  • Exotic pest plants a growing concern

Fall 1998

  • Proper road design minimizes stream impacts
  • Seasonal Stewardship: An ounce of prevention
  • Storm damage safety tips
  • Follow these steps for planting success
  • Keeping track of TMDLs
  • How can you help the fish?
  • Five county salmon conservation plan
  • A conversation with Gerald Ahlstrom

Summer 1998

  • Shingletown community success story
  • Seasonal Stewardship: Seven steps to creating a defensible space
  • Types of dead fuels
  • A brief history of RCDs
  • Follow the discussion on salmon listings
  • Biomass in California: is it a valuable resource?
  • Planting: site preparation and species selection
  • Chain saw safety is common-sense

Spring 1998

  • Watersheds: should you care?
  • New landowner curriculum is ready
  • Planting success requires careful planning
  • What is the right thing to do on my property?
  • Estimating distances
  • Beauty and safety are compatible
  • A healthy forest needs bugs
  • Visit state forests for good management practices

Winter 1998

  • Dead and dying trees: part of a healthy forest
  • California Stewardship Program
  • After the storm / Create snags
  • Conservation easements on working forestlands
  • Develop your Stewardship Plan
  • Writing the Plan
  • Encourage wildlife on your forestland

Fall 1997

  • Landowners can aid in coho recovery
  • El Nino expected…prepare for rain
  • Quincy Library Group pilot plan to begin
  • Pine pitch canker update
  • Pine pitch canker Zone of Infestation
  • Out on a Limb: Monitoring restoration effectiveness

Summer 1997

  • New Year’s flood of 1997
  • Out on a limb with the extension forester
  • It’s deja vu all over again (fire safety)
  • Fire safe in Descanso
  • Seasonal Stewardship: fire season is here
  • Learn about pine pitch canker disease

Spring 1997

  • State Fire Plan tackles complex issues
  • Working out the bugs in the Fire Plan
  • Prefire planning benefits landowners
  • Recognition of Native stewardship

Fall 1996

  • New challenges, new directions
  • Strategies for ecosystem sustainability
  • The blind people and the watershed