Effectiveness Monitoring Committee

ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS MONITORING COMMITTEE

The Effectiveness Monitoring Committee (EMC) was formed in 2014 by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Board). The Board sought to create an independent committee to assess the efficacy of the Forest Practice Rules and other related laws and regulations. As an advisory body to the Board, the EMC helps implement an effectiveness monitoring program that provides an active feedback loop to policymakers, managers, agencies, and the public by soliciting robust scientific research that addresses the effectiveness of these laws at meeting resource objectives and ecological performance measures related to AB 1492.

 

The EMC includes representatives from academia, industry, state agencies, consulting firms, and non-profit agencies. This diverse membership reflects representatives from a wide range of California’s natural resources, including water quality, geology, wildlife, and forestry. EMC meetings occur quarterly and are open to the public. Meetings are held in Redding, Ukiah, and Sacramento and may be attended in person or are available through a webinar. Meeting registration information is posted at least ten days in advance of the meeting on the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection’s webpage under “Upcoming Webinars”.

 

MISSION, GOALS, AND GUIDING DOCUMENTS

 

PROJECT APPLICANTS  

 

STAFF MEMBERS

Kristina Wolf, Environmental Scientist

kristina.wolf@bof.ca.gov 

 

The EMC includes representatives from academia, industry, state agencies, consulting firms, and non-profit agencies. The current EMC memberships may be viewed in the following downloadable PDF: Members and Term Expiration

2024 Meeting Materials

2023 Meeting Materials

EMC MEETING MATERIAL ARCHIVES

 

EMC-SUPPORTED MONITORING PROJECTS

EMC News

EMC MEETING JUNE 17, 2024

The next EMC meeting will be in person in Sacramento (other locations TBD) with optional virtual attendance for members of the public and is scheduled for Monday, June 17th at 9:30 AM: REGISTER HERE.

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

 

The Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Board) seeks to fill vacancies on the Effectiveness Monitoring Committee (EMC). The Call for Applications will be open until all seats are filled.

 

California Forestry Report #7: Mitigating Potential Sediment Delivery from Post-Fire Salvage Logging

Read the February 2023 Report HERE.

Agreement Number

Project ID, Amount Funded over < 3 years

Primary Investigator(s) & Affiliation[s]

Project Liaison(s)

Project Title

Project Files

TBA EMC-2023-003
  • Dr. John D. Bailey, Oregon State University
  • Clarence Holster       

Pre- and Post-Harvest Fuel Loads and Implications for Site Productivity

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal

        Grant Agreement in Development

TBA

EMC-2023-002

  • David Saah, Spatial Informatics Group
  • Ryan Tompkins, U.C. Cooperative Extension
TBD

Assessing Fire Hazard, Risk, and Post Fire Recovery for Watercourse and Lake Protection Zones (WLPZ) and riparian areas of California

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal
        Grant Agreement in Development
9GA22702

EMC-2022-005

$91,278

  • Tori Norville, U.C. Cooperative Extension
  • Dr. Michael Jones, U.C. Cooperative Extension
  • Drew Coe              

Decay Rates and Fire Behavior of Woody Debris in Coastal Redwoods

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal

        Funding encumbered June 2023

9GA22701

EMC-2022-004

$85,000

  • Dr. Rob York, University of California, Berkley
  • Dr. Leander Love-Anderegg

A critical evaluation of Forest Practice Regulation's capacity to accommodate forest restoration and resilience targets

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal

        Funding encumbered June 2023

9GA22700

EMC-2022-003

$207,876

  • Nadia Hamey, Hamey Woods
  • Jonathan Meurer       

Santa Cruz Mountains Post-Fire Redwood Defect Study

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal
  3. Progress Report – June 2023
  4. Progress Report – September 2023
        Funding encumbered June 2023

 

9CA05659

EMC-2021-003

$448,510

  • Dr. James Rivers, Oregon State University
  • Dr. Michael Jones

Evaluating the Response of Native Pollinators to Fuel-Reduction Treatments in Managed Conifer Forests

       
  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal

         Funding encumbered June 2022                               

9CA04802

EMC-2019-005

$56,200

  • Cheryl Hayhurst, California Geological Society
  • Bill Short

Sediment Monitoring and Fish Habitat – San Vicente Accelerated Wood Recruitment

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal

Project funding disencumbered after term expiration; alternative research plan results expected 2023

9CA04824

EMC-2019-003

$156,665

  • Dr. Terri Hogue, Colorado School of Mines
  • Dr. Alicia Kinoshita, San Diego State University
  • Drew Coe
  • Pete Cafferata (past)

Fuel Treatments and Hydrologic Implications in the Sierra Nevada

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal
  3. Boden et al 2021 AGU Conference Presentation
  4. Progress Report Presentation – Aug 2022
  5. Boden et al. 2023 – Ecohydrology

Final deliverables and Completed Research Assessment expected 2024
   

9CA04801

EMC-2019-002

$68,168

  • Brad Graevs, Feather River Resource Conservation District
  • Jason Moghaddas, Spatial Informatics Group
  • Dr. Stacy Drury
  • Drew Coe

Evaluating Treatment Longevity and Maintenance Needs for Fuel Reduction Projects Implemented in the Wildland Urban Interface of Plumas County

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal
  3. Final Report Dec 2021
  4. Final Presentation Aug 2022 

Completed Research Assessment expected 2024

9CA04453

EMC-2018-006

$694,371

  • Dr. Kevin Bladon, Oregon State University
  • Dr. Catalina Segura, Oregon State University
  • Matt House, Green Diamond Resource Company
  • Drew Coe, CAL FIRE
  • Drew Coe
  • Mathew Nannizzi
  • Matt House (past)

Effectiveness of Class II Watercourse and Lake Protection Zone (WLPZ) Forest Practice Rules (FPRs) and Aquatic Habitat Conservation Plan (AHCP) Riparian Prescriptions at Maintaining or Restoring Canopy Closure, Stream Water Temperature, and Primary Productivity

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal
  3. Progress Report Presentation – Jul 2021
  4. Progress Report Video – Jul 2021                 (email Kristina.Wolf@bof.ca.gov for file)
  5. Nicolas Thesis Defense – Nov 2022
  6. Miralha et al. 2022 – Hydrological Processes
  7. Miralha et al. 2023 – Forest Ecology & Management

Final deliverables expected 2024

9CA04452

EMC-2018-003

$101,802

  • Dr. Christopher Surfleet, California Polytechnic State University
  • Matt O’Connor

Alternative Meadow Restoration

  1. Project Proposal
  2. Cary Thesis – Aug 2021
  3. Marks Thesis – Dec 2021
  4. Progress Report – Apr 2022
  5. Final Report – July 2023
  6. Final Presentation – Nov 2023

Final deliverables expected early 2024

 


n/a*

EMC-2017-012

  • Dr. Michael Baker, CAL FIRE
  • TBD

Assessment of Night-Flying Forest Pest Predator Communities on Demonstration State Forests – with Monitoring across Seral Stages and Silvicultural Prescriptions

  1. Progress Report Sept 2022

        Final results expected 2025

9CA04087

 

EMC-2017-008

$108,986

  • Dr. Richard Cobb, California Polytechnic State University
  • Ben Waitman
  • Jessica Leonard

Do Forest Practice Rules Minimize Fir Mortality from Root Disease and Bark Beetle Interactions

  1. Project Proposal
  2. Poloni et al. 2021 - Pathogens
  3. Final Presentation – Apr 2022
  4. Final Completed Research Assessment – Dec 2022
  5. Flores et al. 2023 – Forest Pathology
  6. WIFDWC Poster – June 2023

Project Complete; one additional refereed publication expected 2024

 

9CA04019

EMC-2017-007

$71,278

  • Dr. John Battles, University of California, Berkley
  • Loretta Moreno
  • Dr. Michael Jones

The Life Cycle of Dead Trees and Implications for Management

  1. Project Proposal
  2. Final Presentation Apr 2022

Project Complete; final report in revision and Completed Research Assessment expected 2024

9CA04020

EMC-2017-006

$114,844

  • Dr. Rob York, University of California, Berkley
  • TBD
  • Sarah Bisbing (past)

Tradeoffs among Riparian Buffer Zones, Fire Hazard, and Species Composition in the Sierra Nevada

  1. Project Proposal
  2. CLFA Presentation – Mar 2019
  3. EMC field tour handout – 2020
  4. Partial Harvest WLPZ White Paper w Cover Letter – 2019
  5. Forest and Research Outreach UCANR Blog – Dec 2021
  6. Final Presentation – Feb 2023

      Final Report expected 2024

n/a*

EMC-2017-002

$1200

  • Stacy Stanish, CAL FIRE
  • Stacy Stanish

Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest Post-Fire Automated Bird Recorders Study

  1. Project Proposal
  2. Methods Presentation 2017
  3. Bird Recorder Deployment Presentation – 2017
  4. Progress Report (PDF) – Feb 2023
  5. Progress Report (PPT w audio links) – Feb 2023                                                                       (email Kristina.Wolf@bof.ca.gov for file)

         Final results expected 2024

8CA03685

EMC-2017-001

$192,251

  • Dr. Helen Dahlke, University of California, Davis
  • Dr. Randy Dahlgren, University of California, Davis
  • Drew Coe
  • Pete Cafferata (past)

Effects of Forest Stand Density Reduction on Nutrient Cycling and Nutrient Transport at the Caspar Creek Experimental Watershed

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal
  3. Detailed Study Plan 2017
  4. Sampling Methods 2017
  5. Progress Report – Feb 2018
  6. Progress Report – June 2018
  7. Final Presentation – Nov 2022
  8. Final Report – Dec 2021

        Publication expected 2024

8CA03680

EMC-2016-003

$700,000

  • Bill Short, California Geological Survey
  • Matt O'Connor, O’Connor Environmental Inc.

 

 

  • Matt O’Connor
  • Bill Short

 

 

Road Rules Effectiveness at Reducing Mass Wasting (Repeat LiDAR Surveys to Detect Landslides)

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal
  3. Progress Report Aug 2022
  4. Fuller et al. GSA Presentation –  Oct 2022

Final results expected 2024

n/a*

EMC-2016-002

*no associated funding

  • Joe Wagenbrenner, Michigan Technological University
  • Kevin Bladon, Oregon State University
  • Drew Coe, CAL FIRE
  • Don Lindsay, California Geological Survey
  • None

Post-fire Effectiveness of the Forest Practice Rules in Protecting Water Quality on Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest

  1. Project Proposal
  2. Olsen Thesis – 2016
  3. Cole Thesis – Mar 2020
  4. Prats et al. 2019 Journal of Hydrology
  5. Cole et al. 2020 Wildfire and Hydrological Processes
  6. Waggenbrenner et al. 2020 AGU Poster Abstract
  7. Waggenbrenner et al. 2020 AGU Poster
  8. Waggenbrenner et al. 2021 CA Fire Science Seminar Presentation

Project Complete; additional publication(s) expected 2023

n/a*

EMC-2015-004

‡see funding associated with EMC-2015-002

 

  • Drew Coe, CAL FIRE
  • Bill Condon, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • None

Effectiveness of Road Rules in Reducing Hydrologic Connectivity and Significant Sediment Discharge

See EMC-2015-002

Project Complete and Closed

8CA03685

EMC-2015-002

$55,835

  • E. Ashley Steel, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Pat Cunningham, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • None

Forest Practice Rules Implementation and Effectiveness Monitoring (FORPRIEM) ver. 2.0.

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal
  3. Project Update – Jan 2016
  4. Final Report – June 2018

Project Complete and Closed

8CA03650

EMC-2015-001

$221,271

  • Dr. Kevin Bladon, Oregon State University
  • Dr. Catalina Segura, Oregon State University
  • Drew Coe
  • Matt House (past)

Class II Large Watercourse Study: Multiscale Investigation of Perennial Flow and Thermal Influence of Headwater Streams into Fish Bearing Systems

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Project Proposal
  3. Wissler et al. 2021 Authorea
  4. CA Fire Science Seminar Presentation – Apr 2021
  5. Final Presentation – Apr 2021
  6. Final Presentation Attachments – Apr 2021
  7. Forest Practice Committee Presentation – Sep 2021
  8. Completed Research Assessment – Sep 2021
  9. Updated Presentation to the Forest Practice Committee – Dec 2021
  10. Rule Change 2022

Project Complete; additional publication(s) expected 2023

* No associated EMC funding

project liaisons were introduced in 2020, and some projects were completed prior to assignment of liaisons.

‡ funding linked through associated EMC funded project                                                                                              Updated January 19, 2024