CONFERENCE: "The Future of California Forests"

Donna Holsten holsten at
Fri Sep 1 09:28:20 EST 1995

The Forest Products Laboratory  and the College of Natural Resources,
University of California, Berkeley announce a conference:

"The Future of California Forests -- Perceptions, Expectations, and 

Forest Products Laboratory, University of California
College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley

For further information about the conference, posters and registration,
please contact:
Janice Montano at UC FPL; phone: (510) 215-4222; E-mail:
montano at

October 15 - 17, 1995
Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, Sacramento

Conference Objectives

Already in excess of 30 million people, California's population will
continue to undergo rapid growth in the coming decades. Rates of population
increase in the urban-rural interface, a region in close proximity to major
forest areas, are likely to exceed statewide rates. Higher population
levels, increases in incomes and leisure time, and changing social
preferences and values, will lead to ever-increasing demands on our forests
in terms of recreational benefits, environmental benefits, and commodity
benefits such as timber production. These collective demands and
expectations of our forests portend unprecedented pressures and dilemmas.
Development of viable strategies for accommodating multi-faceted human
demands requires early and insightful recognition of emerging trends and

The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation
and exchange of different and potentially conflicting perspectives on key
demographic, economic, ecological, and managerial trends and issues, and
their implications for the future of California's forests.  !!PRELIMINARY


        7:30 PM         Registration and Informal Reception


        7:00 - 8:00             Registration
        8:00 - 8:30             Welcome; Announcements; Conference Objectives


8:30 - 8:55    Speaker 1:  Forces Influencing the California Forest Situation
         Jeff Romm, University of California

What factors presently influence forest policy formation, what new forces
are likely to shape policy in the future (e.g.: sustainability, "new
forestry, "--what's next ... )?

What participants and institutions presently influence the condition of our
forests and the formation of forest policy?

What forces and participants have been overlooked to date or will appear in
the future?

9:00 - 12:00    Stakeholders of Today  and Some Emerging Players  in
California's Forests

9:00 - 10:15    Panel 1:  Current Stakeholders
_ Moderator:  (invitation pending)

_ Panelists:
        Kathy Bailey, Sierra Club
        Dan Tomascheski, Sierra Pacific Industries, Anderson
        Cecilia Lanman, EPIC, (invited)
        Robert Meacher, Plumas County Board of Supervisors

Groups currently or traditionally recognized as stakeholders.  Reaction and
questions for Speaker 1; short written comments from the audience.

10:15 - 10:45   Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:00

Panel 2:  Emerging Players
_ Moderator:    Robert Hrubes, Robert Hrubes and Assoc., Pt. Richmond
_ Panelists:   ( invitations pending )

    Casualty Insurance industry rep. (fire ins. for homes)
    Lucy Blake, Sierra Business Council
    representative from Sierra Communities Council
   EBMUD /Water agency representative
   Brooktrails (Homeowners Association )

Players presently missing and/or likely to emerge in the coming years.
Reaction and questions for Speaker 1; short written comments and questions
from the audience (Potential new stakeholders: water agencies, casualty
insurance industry, recreation and tourism industry, rural economic
development agencies, others).

12:00 - 1:30    Lunch:  Futurist.  What Megatrends Will Influence
California's Future ?

        Jeremy Rifkin, Foundation for Economic Trends, Washington, D. C.

Part 1: Key Dynamics of California
                Forests of the Future

The presentations are to be technically based, but speakers should be
iconoclastic and willing to lay bare various official positions and
received wisdom about these issues.

1:30 - 1:55     Speaker 1:  Biology/Ecology

         Barry Noon, USFS, PSW, Redwood Sciences Lab, Arcata

Ecological issues and studies, their implications for public and private
forest lands.

. . .1:55 - 2:20        Speaker 2:  Social

Tim Duane, University of California

Population growth; continuing ex-urban population expansion, human values, . . .

2:20 - 3:05     Speakers 3 and 4:  Two Perspectives On Economics

     William McKillop, University of California

     William Stewart, Pacific Institute For Studies In Development,
Environment, and Security, Oakland

3:05- 3:35      Coffee Break

3:35 - 4:00     Speaker 4:  Politics

         Sally Fairfax, University of California

Local, state, national and global issues, . . .

Budget priorities, public trust doctrine, property rights, home rule, . . .

Part 2: Stakeholders Reactions to
                Dynamics Affecting Forests

4:00 - 5:00     Panel Discussion of Megatrends and Key Elements Affecting

 Moderator: Fritts Golden,  CH2M Hill, Inc., Oakland

Panel will consist of the five above speakers and four members of the
earlier panels, plus a moderator. Responding to short written comments and
questions from the audience.

6:00 - 7:00     No Host Mixer

7:00 - 8:30     Dinner - :   The Changing Climate for  Forest Policy Decisions.

Speakers to be confirmed

Two views of the political landscape.



7:00 - 8:00    Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 9:15     Panel A:  Federal Lands

Moderator: Mark Nechodem, University of California (invited)

_ Panel:
     1) Louis Blumberg, The Wilderness Society
    2)  Lynn Sprague, USFS (invitation pending )
    3) Mark Killian, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Arizona, (invited)

National Vs local control

9:15 - 10:30    Panel B:  Private Lands
                ( 4 Panelists)
        Each gets 10 minutes for initial statement then 5 minutes after
other has spoken.  20 minutes for responses to written questions and
comments from audience.

Moderator: Bob Heald, Blodgett Forest, and State Board of Forestry (to be

_ Panel:
1) Neal Ewald, Simpson Timber Co.
2) Laurie Wayburn, Pacific Forest Trust
3) Craig Blencowe, Forest Land Owners of California
4) rep. from BOF/Wildlife Science Committee (GG contact; pending )

Market and regulatory approaches.

10:30 -11:00    Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00   Panel C:  Integrative Planning

     Cathy Bleier, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection,
Strategic Planning Program

*After this presentation, the participants of the earlier two preceding
panels will join in for a general discussion, with participation from the
audience. *

12:00 - 1:15    Lunch
Report from the Bioregional Gathering: Mary Schroeder, Wheelabrator-Shasta,
Energy Group ; plus special guests

1:15 - 3:00     Panel of Moderators

Moderator : Don Erman, University of California (to be confirmed)

Moderators from previous panels to address issues from the entire conference.

3:00 - 3:30     Audience Response

Written questions from the audience on the conference issues.

3:30 - 4:00     Speaker:  What We Have
                Learned and Where We Go
                From Here

        Robert Ewing, Weyerhaeuser Co.

 Synthesis and conclusion, including a summary of points of consensus or

Conclusion of Conference!

Conference on the Future of California Forests: Perceptions, Expectations, 
andRealities, October 15-17, 1995, Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, Sacramento, 

Registration fee:  $195
Late registration (after 10/9):  $235

Make checks payable to Regents, University
of California and send to Attn: Dolores Triplett, UCFPL., 1301 So. 46th St.,
Richmond, CA  94804, 510/215-4200; fax 510/215-4299.
(A limited number of reduced registrations are
available to students and those from private
not-for-profit organizations.) 

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Please make room reservations directly with the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, 
300 J Street.,Sacramento, 916/446-0100.  A block of rooms (CA Future 
Forests) have been set aside until10/1/95. $78 single/double.  !

Janice Montano
Voice Mail: 510/215-4222
Fax: 510/215-4299
E-mail:montano at

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