Timber Management and Water Resources Talk

Do you want to learn more about the management of timber and protecting water resources? The public is invited to an educational presentation, “Water Talks: Timber Management and Water Resources” on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Mount Shasta Resort located at 1000 Siskiyou Lake Boulevard in Mount Shasta. The informational Water Talks are free and open to the public.

“Timber Management and Water Resources” will feature presentations from:

· Steve Bachmann, Hydrologist with the Shasta Trinity National Forest on “Vegetation Management and Water”,

· Chris Chase, Timber Manager with Timber Products Company on “Timber Management on the Ground,”

· Mike Rosan, Forester with CalFire on “What is a Timber Harvesting Plan?”

· Joe Croteau Senior Environmental Scientist with the CA Dept. of Fish and Game on “Managing Trustee Resources,” and

· Angela Wilson, Timber Program Manager with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board on “The Regional Board’s Role in Protecting Water Quality.”

“As a hydrologist with the Shasta Trinity National Forest I spend much of my time evaluating how proposed vegetation management projects affect water resources,” said Steve Bachmann. “I will discuss the ‘ecological restoration’ approach that is being used by the Forest Service to develop proposed projects, the role that disturbance processes like fire and disease play in the development of proposed actions, and considerations for protection of water resources.”

“We have a thorough understanding of timber management in Northern California,” said Chris Chase, Timber Manager for Timber Products Company. “As an integrated forest products company, we have the opportunity to manage our own timberlands, operate timber sales on other ownerships (public & private) and provide a market for many of the forest products produced in our region. This gives us a unique perspective on how timberland is managed in our area and the impact that management (or lack of management) has on water resources,” Chase said.

As a Forest Practice Inspector for Calfire I spend a lot of time reviewing Timber Harvesting Plans for private lands,” said Mike Rosan. “In my talk I will share the details of what a Timber Harvest Plan is, when you need one, which agencies are involved in the review process and Calfire’s specific role,” explained Rosan.

The Department of Fish and Game is a review team agency for evaluating Timber Harvesting Plans on private ownership. “I will discuss DFG’s role as a Trustee and Responsible Agency, and the process of conserving biological resources,” said senior environmental scientist Joe Croteau. “I’ll provide a summary of DFG’s participation in the review process relative to the Forest Practice Rules, CEQA, and CESA.”

“The Regional Water Quality Control Boards are responsible for protecting water quality both on private land in the state and on federal lands,” said Angela Wilson, Professional Geologist and timber program manager for the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. “I look forward to helping demystify our role in the review process for timber harvesting projects,” Wilson said.

Attendees can expect to come away with a better understanding of how different agencies manage possible effects on water resources, timber harvesting projects and how private and public land managers interact with each other and different agencies.

Water Talks are an ongoing series of informational and educational presentations with local and regional experts sharing their knowledge with the public on a range of water related topics. The purpose of Water Talks is to provide a place to learn about water related topics. Water Talks is a project of California Trout. California Trout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to seeking workable solutions for fisheries restoration throughout California.” For more information contact Meadow Barr, California Trout Outreach Coordinator at 530-859-1411 or mbarr@caltrout.org.