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2021 CFPC Weed Tour

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Registration: Online Weed Tour Registration

Mail in Registration: Mail in form
Sierra Pacific, Sonora
Attention Steve Kafka
PO Box 247
Standard, CA 95373

**Tour is limited to the first 100 attendees**


Topic:   Post King Fire restoration on public and private lands, fuel break maintenance, utility maintenance

Location:         Placerville, CA

Dates:              Wednesday July 21, and Thursday July 22, 2021

Host Hotel:      Best Western Plus Placerville Inn, (530) 622-9100

                        6850 Greenleaf Drive, Placerville, CA  95667

  • Mention “the dates and CA Forest Pest Council, 2021 Weed Tour”
  • Rates are $134, must be booked by June 20, 2021 for this rate

Continuing Education Credits: CA, OR, and ID CE’s are being applied for.

SAVE THE DATE – 2021 Weed Committee Annual Tour

Friday, March 19th, 2021

Topic:   Post King Fire restoration on public and private lands, fuel break maintenance, utility maintenance

Location:         Placerville, CA

Dates:              Wednesday July 21, and Thursday July 22, 2021

Host Hotel:      Best Western Plus Placerville Inn, (530) 622-9100

                        6850 Greenleaf Drive, Placerville, CA  95667

  • Mention “the dates and CA Forest Pest Council, 2021 Weed Tour”
  • Rates are $134, must be booked by June 20, 2021 for this rate

**Tour is limited to the first 100 attendees**

Registration Flyer will on the CFPC Web Site and emailed out in the middle of May

Continuing Education Credits: CA, OR, and ID CE’s are being applied for.

2020 Weed Tour – CANCELLED

Monday, March 16th, 2020

Weed Committee Chair, Steve Kafka, Sierra Pacific Industries,

Weed Committee Secretary Rob Fecko, Sierra Pacific Industries,

2019 CFPC Insect and Disease Tour – Fort Bragg

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Date: July 16th

Location: Tour begins at 9:00 am at Mendocino College Coast Center Main Parking Lot: 1211 Del Mar Drive, Fort Bragg, CA.

Bring your lunch, water, and clothes appropriate for moderate hiking on a sometimes uneven trail with some tall grass.

We will view and discuss damage caused by animals, insects, and pathogenic agents, including bear, balsam woolly adelgid, sudden oak death, and more.

DPR & SAF credits will be available.

Please RSVP Chris if attending:, 707.726.1254

2019 CFPC Weed Tour

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

July 17th and 18th, Fort Bragg, CA


Online Registration: Online Weed Tour Registration

Mail-In Registration: Mail-In Weed Tour Registration


Tour Registration Fees:

Date: Wednesday and Thursday, July 17 & 18, 2019
Price: $175/person – includes lunches on both days and dinner on Wednesday

Tour includes transportation, lunch and beverages for both days and dinner on evening of July 17th.


This year’s tour will be hosted at the Emerald Dolphin Inn in Mendocino County, just west of Jackson State Forest along the coast. Discussion topics will cover: site prep, planting and release treatments in coastal forests. Though managers share common challenges in the region, each ownership has unique approaches. Herbicides play a key role. Specifically we will see:

  • Vegetation and rodent management in progeny test sites
  • Scenic highway right of way treatments
  • Managing hardwoods in partial retention units
  • Test sites for promising new products
  • Invasive weeds

There will not be a golf tournament this year.

Optional Events for July 16, 2019 – Fishing Trip (TBA) Contact: Beau Miller at

Note: The California Forest Pest Council Insect and Disease Field Tour will take place on Tuesday July 16.

DPR Continuing Education Credits

Wednesday 7/17/19: Other: 6.5

Thursday 7/18/19: Other: 6.5, Laws: 1.0

Tour Meeting Location:

Emerald Dolphin Inn
1211 South Main St., Fort Bragg, CA

Day 1 Tour departs at 7 am from Emerald Dolphin Inn
Day 2 Tour departs at 7 am from Emerald Dolphin Inn

Registration and breakfast will start at 6:15 am each day


Emerald Dolphin Inn
Phone – (707) 964-6699
Rate is $126 per night
Ask for FVMC Weed Tour Rates Cut off reserved date is June 16, 2019
For more information about the hotel visit

Sea Bird Lodge $95 (until June 1 only)
By phone only (707) 964-8000 (8 am 10pm)
Ask for the FPC Vegetation Management Weed Tour
For more information about the hotel visit

Harbor Lite Lodge
Phone – 800-643-2700.
Rooms start as low as $119.
Ask for the FPC Vegetation Management Weed Tour
For more information about the hotel visit

For any information or questions please contact:
Steve Kafka,

2018 CFPC Summer Insect and Disease Field Tour – Save the Date!!

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Date and Time: JULY 17th, 8:30 – 5:00
Location: Collins Pine Parking Lot, 500 Main St., Chester, CA 96020. Parking lot map where we are meeting in the morning.
Agenda: This 1-day field tour intended for private and consulting foresters as well as state and federal government employees who will benefit from an up-to-date understanding of insects and pathogens that affect CA forest health. This includes staff in forestry, wildlife, recreation, ecology, botany, fire, fuels, etc.   Possible discussion topics include: Blackstain root disease, Elytroderma Needle Blight, Heterobasidion Root Disease (pine and fir site), Dwarf mistletoe (white fir), White pine blister rust, Ips engraver, beetles , Red turpentine beetle (fresh infestations), Mountain pine beetle (active in ponderosa pine), Western pine beetle , Fir engraver, California flatheaded borer in Jeffrey pine.
Cost: There is no charge for the training.
Credits: DPR CEU:  6 – Other
Important Information:  Please bring Lunch, Water, Sunscreen, hardhat.
Contact Kim Corella, Cal Fire Forest Health Specialist, at  or (805) 550-8583.

2017 Weed Committee Annual Golf Tournament and Tour Combined with the Insect and Disease Committee – July 19-20th

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Please Click Here to see the Registration flyer

Location of the tour is  in Tuolumne County at the Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Rd.

Tour is Limited to first 120 attendees!

To Register for this years combined tour please click here


CFPC 2016 Insect & Disease Field Tour – Klamath National Forest, Happy Camp, June 29, 2016

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Admission is FREE and the public is welcome and RSVPs are Highly Encouraged!!

To download the flyer for the meeting with all the information, Insect and Disease Tour Agenda.

Where and when to meet:

We will depart from the US Forest Service Happy Camp District Office at 8:00am. From there we will travel up the Grayback (Indian Creek) Road. Be prepared for short hikes and inclement weather. Bring your own lunch, water, sunscreen and hardhat. We will return through Happy Camp around 2:00pm, at which point we will travel east on highway 96 and go up to Lake Mountain Lookout. The tour will end at Lake Mountain Lookout at 4:30pm.


Take I5 north from Redding to Yreka (100 miles; ~1.5 hours). Then left on US 96 to Happy Camp (70 miles: ~1.5 hours).

DPR Credits:   4.5 Other
SAF Credits: 4.5

Topics and stops on the tour:

Join us in the land of Bigfoot!

The tour will feature:

Progeny test site where we will discuss the White Pine Blister Rust Program from the onset in the late 50s through the present

Blackstain Root Disease Permanent Plots to discuss blackstain root disease in Douglas-fir;

Clear Creek Trailhead to look at Port-Orford cedar root disease treatments.

Lodging in Happy Camp:

  • The Forest Lodge Motel: (15 rooms) 63712 Highway 96, phone: (530) 493-5296.
  • The Klamath River Resort Inn: (7 rooms) 61700 Highway 96, phone: (530) 493-2735.
  • Bigfoot RV & Cabins: 63709 Crumpton Street, phone: (530) 493-2884.
  • Baymont Inn & Suites Yreka: 148 Moonlit Oaks Ave.; (530) 841-1300.

For those who choose to stay in Yreka, the distance is ~70 miles, about 1½ hour drive. We will be beginning at 8:00am sharp in Happy Camp so adjust your schedule as needed.


For more information:

Contact: Patricia Maloney, 530-574-2540,

Urban Forest Insect and Disease Workshop for Santa Cruz and Monterey Area Arborists: What’s wrong with that tree? – October 27th from 10AM-3:30PM

Friday, September 18th, 2015


To register online please click the link: Online Registration, the number of attendees is limited to 50 people

Registration will end on 10/23 at 5:00PM after which registration must be paid in person at the meeting by cash or check.

Registration does NOT include parking or lunch. There will be time to get lunch during the morning break. Coffee and snacks will be provided.


Meeting Location:

Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018


Agenda and Objectives:

Agenda Overview

10:00 am to 12:30 pm – Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018

(Check-in available at 9:30 am)

12:30 to 3:30 pm Lunch and field stops: Henry Cowell SP, 101 N Big Trees Park Rd, Felton, CA 95018




  • Improve diagnosis and management of urban forest pests
  • Update arborists on recognitions and treatment recommendations for sudden oak death
  • Review diagnosis and management of pitch canker, other common pests




Pest infestation is often used as a justification for tree removal, so accurate pest diagnostic skills are needed to assure that removals are done appropriately. We will review ways to identify insects, pathogens and abiotic damage, how to take samples for lab evaluation and available resources to assist arborists in figuring out what’s wrong with a tree.

This training combines indoor and outdoor field stops.


We will focus on recognition and management of hardwood and conifer invasive tree pests, such as pitch canker, sudden oak death, and other urban forest health problems. Attendees will receive up-to-date information on current issues threatening local urban areas and have an opportunity to fine-tune field skills.


Preliminary Agenda

Indoors at Felton Community Hall

  9:30 am Registration – check in


10:00 am Welcome. Objectives. Workshop overview.

Susan Frankel, Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station – Albany;


10:10 am Managing Pitch Canker

– Thomas Gordon, Professor, UC Davis Plant Pathology Department,


10:35 am Construction concerns

James Allen, owner, consulting arborist, James P. Allen & Associates, Consulting Arborists, Santa Cruz


11:00 am Look –a-likes – Can you tell what’s bothering this tree?

Chris Lee, Forest Health Specialist, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Fortuna, CA,


11:20 am – Effects of drought on pests and diseases of trees

Steven Tjosvold, University of California Cooperative Extension Santa Cruz and Monterey Cos. Watsonville,


11:40 am – Sudden oak death/Phytophthora ramorum treatment update

Doug Schmidt, UCB


12:05 pm – Forest pests traveling on native plants: Phytophthora tentaculata in native plant nurseries and restoration sites

– Timothy Miles, CA State Monterey Bay


12:30 pm – Depart for Henry Cowell State Park, 101 N Big Trees Park Rd, Felton 95018, Picnic Area 1

Lunch at picnic area 1


1:30 – 3:30 pm Field stops at Henry Cowell State Park

Decay fungi and hazard trees. David Chambers, arborist and biologist, UC Cooperative Extension, Santa Cruz and Monterey Cos., and Steve Tjosvold, UC Coop. Ext..

Sudden oak death – Kerri Frangioso, biologist, UC Davis Plant Pathology Department; and Doug Schmidt, UC Berkeley

Insect pests – TBA


Workshop organizers and sponsors:

California Forest Pest Council, Pitch Canker Task Force, California Oak Mortality Task Force

USDA Forest Service – Pacific Southwest Research Station

UC Cooperative Extension – Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties

Hazardous Fuels Treatment Demo Project – Multiple Demonstration Dates

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

 Hazardous Fuels Reduction Demonstrations in Central and Southern California



The USDA Forest Service, in conjunction with the University of California Center for Forestry, TSS Consultants and other partners, is sponsoring a series of hazardous fuels reduction demonstrations (demos) at strategic locations in central and southern California. Demos are one week in duration at each location (three locations total) and will include a demo day (Friday of each week) for guests to view operations first hand. The primary purpose of the demos is to raise awareness about different hazardous fuels treatment alternatives and provide key stakeholders with up-to-date information regarding resource impacts, efficiencies and cost of fuels treatment equipment and techniques. Both conventional and innovative equipment and techniques will be deployed and resource professionals will be on site to answer questions. Vendors that will be showcasing their equipment include Caterpillar, FAE – Prime Tech, Fecon, John Deere, Kaiser, Morbark, and Takeuchi. For a complete list of equipment go to the HFRD webpage: Once completed, results of the demos will be summarized and disseminated.


Demo Day – Where & When

  • Shaver Lake, CA (high elevation Sierra Nevada mixed conifer) – October 9, 2015
  • Big Bear Lake, CA (high elevation San Bernardino mixed conifer) – October 16, 2015
  • Santa Rosa Indian Reservation, Mountain Center, CA (mid elevation chaparral) – November 20, 2015


Who Should Attend

Target audiences include fire agencies, natural resource managers, fuels treatment contractors, electric utilities, water conservation districts, homeowner associations, fire safe councils, resource conservation districts, tribal staff, county and city planning departments, elected officials, and any others interested in fire safe practices.


How to Register

Additional information, including demo locations and an online registration form, can be accessed using this link:  Alternatively, the attached registration form can be used and returned via USPS. However, online registration is preferred.   Please register early (no later than October 1) as space will be limited.
Mail in registration – click here.



There is no cost to attend the demos.


What to Bring

  • Field clothes including long-sleeved shirt, pants, hiking boots
  • Sunscreen, water, lunch
  • Safety gear such as hard hats and goggles (these will be provided if you do not have them)



Tad Mason, TSS Consultants, 916.600.4174

Peter Tittmann, UC Center for Forestry, 510.665.3518

Larry Swan, Region 5, USDA Forest Service, 707.562.8917

Ted Luckham, Southern California Edison, 626.302.1752


Project Partners

  • USDA Forest Service
  • Southern California Edison
  • University of California Center for Forestry
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • The Watershed Research and Training Center
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • California Forestry Association