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The Effectiveness Monitoring Committee (EMC) Strategic Plan is updated on a three-year cycle and approved by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Board). The Strategic Plan documents the Adaptive Management framework utilized by the EMC and the Board to evaluate the impacts of the Forest Practice Rules and associated regulations based on the results of EMC-funded scientific research, as well as the process to adapt rules and regulations to new information. The 2022 Strategic Plan was adopted by the Board on November 2, 2022.

The Effectiveness Monitoring Committee (EMC) Annual Report and Workplan (Report) is a living document which is updated and approved by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Board) annually and is intended to catalogue the yearly accomplishments and status of ongoing EMC efforts.

The Joint Institute for Wood Products Innovation is requesting nominations for one Academic Member.  Nominations are due by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

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Report On Exempt Timber Harvesting For The Reduction of Fire Hazard Within 150 Feet Of Structures

State law require monitoring of non-discretionary Exemption and Emergency Notice timber harvesting in the state of California and the submission of reports to the Legislature.

2020 California Forest Pest Conditions

In 2019, aerial detection surveys flown between July and August covered 41 million acres of forested land. Field staff then conducted spot ground checks on selected points and polygons to verify host and agent. This year, approximately 3.8 million acres were virtually surveyed by 13 surveyors who utilized either tablets or PCs to visually scan satellite or aerial imagery and digitize points and polygons of disturbance.

2021 Report On Forest Management Research

The board, assisted by the director [of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection], shall biennially determine state needs for forest management research and recommend the conduct of needed projects to the Governor and the Legislature.

2021 BOF Annual Report

The California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Board) is a Governor-appointed body within the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Members are appointed on the basis of their professional and educational qualification.

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