The TAC is a Board appointed committee of renowned scientists and agency representatives that will oversee a literature review of scientific articles related to forest management effects on anadromous salmonids.


The Board has statutory responsibility for a comprehensive set of Forest Practice Rules (PRC §§ 4551, 4551.5, et al) that govern planning and conduct of timber operations on private timberlands in the State. The Board also has responsibility for determining forestry research needs and a public information program (PRC §745, §4789.6).

The Board established the Research and Science Committee to provide science-based recommendations and technical information to assist the Board in determining if and when it is necessary or advisable to adjust rules and policies for forest and fire management to achieve resource goals and objectives. It will also:

  • Review ongoing research programs;
  • Advise the Board on research needs, priorities, policy, and such other matters as the Board directs (PRC §4789.6);
  • Provide science-based recommendations and technical information to advise and assist the Board in making its determinations on forest practice rules and fire regulations;
  • Coordinate reviews of existing science and produce unbiased technical information for consideration by the Board; 
  • Provide oversight and coordinate the efforts of the Board’s technical committees, such as the Monitoring Study Group (MSG);
  • When funding is available, coordinate research projects at the request of the Board;
  • Take the lead role to improve coordination and cooperation of the various industrial, educational, State and Federal agencies involved in research; and
  • Recommend a system through which information can be collected, maintained and disseminated on all completed forestry research projects.

The Research and Science Committee (RSC) can include members drawn from the Department, forest user groups, other State and Federal agencies, the University of California, and other educational institutions as may be appropriate. The Board appoints the members and designates the Chair.



The VTAC is a technical advisory committee formed for the development of: (1) multiple pilot projects that use site-specific information and measures to protect and restore the beneficial functions of the riparian zone in watersheds with listed anadromous salmonids, (2) recommendations to the CAL FIRE Director regarding implementation guidelines for spatially explicit riparian projects, and (3) final recommendations to the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (BOF) regarding guidance document development for spatially explicit riparian management. [1] The VTAC will also track implementation through CAL FIRE progress reports.


[1] Anadromous salmonid protection (ASP) rule 14 CCR § 916.9 [936.9, 956.9](v)(10) specifies the following: Board staff and the Department shall work with agencies, stakeholders, and appropriate scientific participants (e.g., Monitoring Study Group, Technical Advisory Committee) in a transparent process to: (1) describe and implement two pilot projects, including monitored results, using site-specific or non-standard operational provisions; and (2) provide recommendations to the Board for consideration for adoption to provide detailed guidance for the application of site-specific or non-standard operational provisions.  The pilot projects and guidance shall address cumulative and planning watershed impacts, and the guidance may address the appropriate standards the site-specific or non-operational provisions shall meet.  A report on the progress of the pilot projects and implementation guidance shall be presented to the Board within 18 months of the effective date of this regulation.


VTAC Letter to California State Board of Forstry and Fire Protection (3/6/13)

VTAC Guidance Document (12/21/12)



Liquori: VTAC Redwood Symposium 6-11



VTAC Charter (Final)

VTAC Agendas

VTAC Meeting Minutes