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California Forest Pest Council 72nd Annual Meeting

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Date and time

November 14, 2023 · 1pm - November 15, 2023 · 5pm PST


Putah Creek lodge - UC Davis Campus on Garrod Dr. by the Unitrans Building and across the creek.

See location on the map here


Early bird online registration ends October 13st at 11:59 pm PST.

Standard online registration ends November 9th at 5:00 pm PST.

Standard registration fees will be accepted at the door and can be paid by cash, check, or credit


Toward Healthy Forests in California: Marking Change, Fostering Resilience


1:00-1:15 Meeting Introduction and Housekeeping—Bob Rynearson, CFPC Chair

1:15 -2:00 Disease Committee Meeting

  1. Wildfire-disease disturbance impact seedling recruitment and survival in a post-burn forest - Elizabeth (Liz) Rennie, UC Santa Cruz
  2. The white pine blister rust pathogen: Range expansion in southern CA—Charlie Barnes, USDA Forest Service Region 5 Forest Health Protection
  3. Committee meeting – 5 min.

2:00-2:45  Insect Committee Meeting

  1. Observations of balsam woolly adelgid and other pests on north coast grand firs—Wallis Robinson, UCCE Humboldt-Del Norte
  2. Acorn pest issues and controlling them using Rx fire
  3. Insect committee business meeting – 5 min.

2:45 BREAK

3:00 to 4:15
Tour of UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology

4:15 – 4:30 BREAK

4:30-5:30 Pesticide Updates—2 talks, 1 hour

  1. Forest pesticide update - Stacey Clark, USDA Forest Service Region 5
  2. Further update - Danielle Lindler, Jefferson Resource/CFPC

5:30-6:30 Evening Social and Poster Session


8:30 - 9:45 am Forest Health Year in Review, Part I 

  1. USDA Forest Service, 2023 Aerial Detection of Tree Mortality Survey - Jeff Moore, US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Forest Health Protection
  2. California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Plant Pest Diagnostic Center 2023 Annual report - Suzanne Latham, CDFA PPDC
  3. Mediterranean oak borer – Citrus Heights and other expansions, legislative action? – Mike Jones, UCCE Lake/Mendocino/Sonoma
  4. Emerald Ash Borer action plan and monitoring - Stacy Hishinuma, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region

9:45  BREAK

10:00 - 11:30 am Forest Health Year in Review, Part II: California Forest Health Field Notes

  1. Observations of red fir decline and die-off in the Southern Sierras – Beverly Bulaon, US Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Sonora
  2. One can visit one forest two or three times a year for 10 yrs and on the 11th yr (because it was a particularly wet year) see something you had not seen before; snow mold or other – Martin MacKenzie, US Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Sonora
  3. Pathogen Observations in Northwestern California. Ashley Hawkins, US Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Redding
  4. Checking the Russian Wilderness for spruce beetle – Cynthia Snyder, US Forest Health Service, Forest Health Protection, Redding
  5. Extreme Sitka spruce defoliation in the north coast in 2023 – Chris Lee, CAL FIRE
  6. Emerging oak issues of the Southwest – Charles Barnes, US Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, San Bernardino and Nicholas P. Wilhelmi,  US Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Arizona Zone
  7. Acute oak decline in Southern California Tom Smith and Kim Corella, CALFIRE
  8. Acute oak decline and other emerging bacterial diseases of trees in California -  Sebastian Albu, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services - Plant Pest Diagnostics Lab, Sacramento

11:30  -12:30  Student presentations 

12:30-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-1:50 CFPC Business Meeting

1:50-3:15  Climate, Pests, and Forest Resilience  

  1. Western pine beetle voltinism in a changing California climate -  Barbara Bentz, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  2. Carbon stored in live ponderosa pines in the Sierra Nevada will not return to pre-drought (2012) levels during the 21st century due to bark beetle outbreaks and Warming increased bark beetle-induced tree mortality by 30% during an extreme drought in California. -  Zachary J. Robbins, North Carolina State University
  3. Forest restoration treatments for sudden oak death: balancing carbon, fuels, and capacity – Richard Cobb, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  4. Reforesting California: Challenges and Successes—Jimi Scheid, CAL FIRE

3:15  BREAK

3:30- 4:30 Mega-Disturbance in California Forests

  1. Mega-disturbances cause rapid decline of mature conifer forest habitat in California—Zachary Steel, UC Berkeley
  2. The 2020 California fire season: a year like no other, a return to the past or a harbinger of the future?— Ali Paulson, Forest Ecologist, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF


Parking is $16/day and the easiest and closest parking is located off of Garrod Dr - Putah Creek Lodge parking.  The Putah Creek lodge parking is a small lot, there are two other larger lots, parking lot 50 & 55, a bit further down Garrod Dr on the left. These parking lot is a 5 minute walk to the meeting location at Putah Creek Lodge. 

  • A valid permit is required to park on campus and is valid for the date purchased, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.–10 p.m
  • To purchase a permit, use the ParkMobile App. Link for app on Android or Apple
  • No need to put a receipt or permit on your vehicle.

UC Davis Parking Map

CEU Credits

DPR, SAF, and ISA credits have been applied for and will be posted as soon as more information is available. For additional information, go to the conference website.


For registration questions or concerns, contact Kim Corella at or (805) 550-8583.

The CFPC is a 501(c)3 non-profit, public benefit corporation. Federal Tax-ID: 94-324-8518

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