In 1979 a small group of people concerned about the future of forest vegetation management in California organized the first Forest Vegetation Management Conference (FVMC) in Redding, California.  The conference has evolved into one of the premier conferences to attend if you manage forest vegetation on the west coast.  The conference is held every January and is accredited for continuing education hours for vegetation mangers from California, Oregon, and Idaho, and for Certified Forester hours through the Society of American Foresters.

The Forest Vegetation Management Conference will:
  • Establish a forum for the exchange of information on forest vegetation management techniques, methodology, and research through periodic meetings and other appropriate means.

  • Cooperate with local, state, regional, and national agencies, both public and private, in the identification and solution of forest vegetation management needs.

  • Promote awareness by the public and concerned agencies on the need for Forest Vegetation Management.

  • Encourage research on forest vegetation management methods by both government and private agencies.

  • Promote uniformity and coordination of activities among agencies concerned with the regulatory aspects of forest vegetation management.

Reforestation Practices for Conifers in California - 2020

The Forest Vegetation Management Conference made major contributions to both the accumulation of the new knowledge that led to this book’s creation and to the process that led to this book becoming a reality rather than just an idea. The reforestation needs on California’s forestlands recently impacted by wildfires increased the urgency that we get this new information into the hands of practitioners as soon as possible. Therefore, the FVMC is making available this 530-page pre-publication digital version of the upcoming peer-reviewed University of California ANR reforestation book.

Successful reforestation in California is a complicated undertaking with many steps spread over multiple years. Planning for a reforestation project after a wildfire needs to begin as soon as the flames go down if the landowner wants to get trees in the ground within two years. All 12 chapters of this book are important, but to begin the planning process, we encourage you to look first at Chapter 3 - Planning a Reforestation Project (pg. 56 of entire book). The critical steps are explained here, with each step essential to the success of the project. Failure at one step can result in the reduced success or failure of the whole project even if all other steps are properly implemented. These basic steps are the same whether you are a small landowner, large landowner, or an agency. The Reforestation Flow Chart (Fig. 3.1) (pg. 59 of entire book / pg. 4 of Chapter 3) presents an overview of the necessary steps, with the text providing references to other chapters where each practice is detailed. It’s all about connecting the steps!

Reforestation Practices for Conifers in California - (entire book 16.4 Mb)

Reforestation Manual Cover

Forward, Acknowledgments, & Table of Contents

 1. Reforesting California - Herb Baldwin, William Stewart, Sari Sommarstrom

 2. Investing in Reforestation - William Stewart, Richard Standiford, Susie Kocher, Jeff Webster

 3. Planning a Reforestation Project - Jeff Webster, Ed Fredrickson, Bob Rynearson

 4. Site Assessment - Jeff Webster, Ed Fredrickson, Bob Rynearson

 5. Seeds - Teri Griffis, Laurie Lippitt

 6. Seedlings - Thomas Jopson, Mark Gray

 7. Site Preparation - Mark Gray, Jeff Webster

 8. Vegetation Management - Ed Fredrickson, Mark Gray

 9. Planting - Bob Rynearson

10. Precommercial Thinning in California Forests - Martin Ritchie, John-Pascal Berrill

11. Damage - Don Owen, Greg Giusti

12. Reforestation of Areas Burned by Large Wildfires - Mark Gray




Conference Schedule

January 14 - 16, 2020

GAIA Hotel & Spa
4125 Riverside Place
Anderson, CA 
(530) 365-7077

FVMC Room Rate at conference hotel:

One king or Double Queen: $90/night

Government Rate: $90/night

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