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California Forest Pest Council

2024 Annual Weed Tour

Online Registration: 

*Late registration prices begin on June 1, 2024



If your having trouble viewing the registration above, please click this link, CFPC Online Registration, for another way to register online. 
Mail-In Registration: 
Dates: Wednesday June 19 & Thursday June 20, 2024
  • On the day of the event, sign in starts at 6:15 am, buses start loading at 6:45am.

  • Breakfast items will be available at 6:15 am.


Location: Northern California

We will be based out of the Gaia Resort and Hotel

Gaia Resort and Hotel
4125 Riverside Place
Anderson, CA 95685

Summer Rate $99.00 per night 

  • Reservations need to be made by phone to get group rate: 530-365-7077

  • Rate and reservation cut off date is May 19, 2024 - Mention "Pest Council Weed Tour"  for the Group Rate when making your reservation.

** Weed Tour is limited to the first 110 attendees**


Agenda Topics:
Day 1 - June 19th: Dinner, Tour, and T-Shirt
  • Tour route runs through Shingletown, Summertown, and Manton areas; Hosted Dinner.  

    • Dinner - 35194 Forward Rd, Manton, Ca 96059 (old Shasta Daisy Vineyard Property)​


Day 2: Tour 
  • Tour runs south from the Lassen National Forest, Summertown and Viola areas. 


Agenda Details:
  • Cal Trans Right of Way program

  • Lassen Fire Safe Council projects

  • Herbicide Application Demonstration

  • Brush field conversion

  • Statewide Notification regulation discussion

  • Various veg treatments on private lands

  • Law and Regs Updates – Shasta County Representative

  • Suppliers updates

  • Herbicide trials

  • Cone Collection

Continuing Education Units: CA, OR, and ID CE’s (Applied for)

New Sponsorship System

The Weed Tour Committee at the California Forest Pest Council is excited to inform you about our new sponsorship system. Our Committee sees many overlapping values between our two organizations and we are hoping you would be interested in becoming a sponsor for the Weed Tour.

Sponsorships helps us pay for the buses, food, drinks – everything we need to keep the Weed Tour running every year. You have been a long-time sponsor and we want to thank you for your continued support. More than just thanking you, we want to show you what your support means to us through this new system. We created this to advertise your business and support of the Weed Tour to attendees in a meaningful and lasting way. With this new system you’ll be able to know exactly what you are getting for your donation.

We have donation levels that offer different benefits:

Gold Sponsor - $1000

  • Logo on t-shirt

  • Name on all Weed Tour related communication

  • Access to our attendee contact information

  • Recognition during a stop and at dinner

  • Opportunity to add print-outs to folders

  • Time for supplier update

Silver Sponsor - $750

  • Logo on t-shirt

  • Name on all Weed Tour related communication

  • Recognition during dinner

  • Opportunity to add print-outs to folders

  • Time for supplier update

Bronze Sponsor - $500

  • Name on t-shirt

  • Recognition during dinner

  • Time for supplier update

* Sponsorships need to be made by May 20th to guarantee your name and logo on the shirt


While we encourage you to become a gold, silver, or bronze sponsor, we are happy to accept donations of any amount.

Donations can be made at the time of ticket purchase or separately through the link on our website.

We thank you in advance for your consideration and hope to see you at this year’s Weed Tour!



Weed Committee Chair, Steve Kafka, Sierra Pacific Industries,

Weed Committee Secretary, Russell Garrison, Sierra Pacific Industries,

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2024 CFPC Southern California Committee Meeting

Join us for the free Southern California Committee meeting of the California Forest Pest Council. We will be going over the newest updates and finds on the invasive shot hole borer, white pine blister rust and discussing forest health issues for individual counties and agencies.


Date: February 22, 2024

Location: In-person
Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures (ACWM) Headquarters
12300 Lower Azusa Rd, Arcadia, CA 91006.

Parking information and locations: map 


Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 270 031 235 749
Passcode: aaNdsX

Download Teams | Join on the web

Or call in (audio only)

+1 650-564-3271,,925358554#   United States, San Jose

Phone Conference ID: 925 358 554#

8:30 - Welcome, Introductions & Agency announcements
9:00 - Tree Physiology & Insects/Diseases to watch for
9:20 - Overview of common So Cal Forest Pests
9:40 - Discussion & break
10:00 – White Pine Blister Rust Updates
10:20 – Emerald Ash Borer updates
10:40 – Ghost Canker updates
11:00 – Discussion & Break
11:30 – Roundtable discussion and report on pests and communication
12:30 - Adjourn

*DPR and ISA CEU's have been applied for and available to those who attend in person.

       - Approved ISA CEU's = 3.5 hrs.

       - DPR CEU's - Laws and Reg - 1 hr., Other - 1.5 hrs.




The California Forest Pest Council's 72nd Annual Meeting

Theme: Toward Healthy Forests in California: Marking Change, Fostering Resilience

Dates:  November 14th & 15th, 2023

Location: UC Davis, Putah Creek Lodge

Putah Creek Lodge is located on the 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 8th at 5:00 pm PST.

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


Don Dahlsten Student Grant: For more information and for students interested in applying, click here.


Agenda: Toward Healthy Forests in California: Marking Change, Fostering Resilience

Download agenda here


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

1:15 -2:00 Disease Committee Meeting

  1. Coniophora puteana and redwood decay after the CZU Complex - 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. Oak acorn pest issues and controlling them using Rx fire -Michael Jones, UCCE Mendocino-Lake-Sonoma

  3. Insect committee business meeting – 5 min.

2:45 BREAK

3:00 to 4:15 Tour of UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology - Leader – Sebastian Fajardo, UC Davis

4:15 – 4:30 BREAK

4:30-5:30 Pesticide Updates

  1. Forest pesticide update - Stacey Clark, USDA Forest Service Region 5

  2. Reforestation for non-industrial landowners: what’s new - 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 - Cheryl Blomquist, CDFA PPDC

  3. Mediterranean oak borer – Citrus Heights and other expansions, legislative action – Curtis Ewing, Cal Fire 

  4. Emerald Ash Borer action plan and monitoring - Joanna Fisher, California Department of Food and Agriculture

9:45  BREAK

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

Moderator: Susan Frankel, US Forest Service, PSW Research Station

  1. Meinecke’s Dilemma – Martin MacKenzie, US Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Sonora 

  2. Observations of red fir decline and die-off in the Southern Sierras – Beverly Bulaon, US Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Sonora

  3. Checking the Russian Wilderness for spruce beetle – Cynthia Snyder, US Forest Health Service, Forest Health Protection, Redding

  4. Pathogen Observations in Northwestern California - Ashley Hawkins, US Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Redding

  5. Pathogen Observations in Northeastern California - Bill Woodruff, US Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Susanville

  6. Extreme Sitka spruce defoliation in the north coast in 2023 – Chris Lee, CAL FIRE

  7. 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

  8. Acute oak decline in Southern California – Tom Smith and Kim Corella, CALFIRE

  9. 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 

  1. Entomology 

    1. Wildfire effects on yellowjacket wasp communities in mixed-conifer forests of the Californian central Sierra Nevada - Gabe Foote, UC Davis​​

    2. Impacts and Management of Western Pine Beetle in the Sierra Nevada During a Period of Rapid Change - Crystal Homicz, UC Davis

  2. Pathology​

    1. ​​Assessing the Effects of Sudden Oak Death on Tree Species Composition in a Mixed Evergreen Forest - Alex Martin - Sonoma State University

    2. Diversity of fungal pathogens causing Pine cankers and dieback in Southern California - Marcelo I. Bustamante, UC Davis

    3. Phylogenetic and phylogenomic approaches for the discovery of a new Seiridium species - Edoardo Scali, UC Berkeley


12:30-1:30 LUNCH


1:30-1:50 CFPC Business Meeting

1:50-3:00  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


3:00  BREAK

3:00-3:55  Climate, Pests, and Forest Resilience  (continued)

  1. Reforesting California: Challenges and Successes—Jimi Scheid, CAL FIRE

  2. Reducing risk of wildfire damage to plantations – Bob Rynearson, CA Forest Pest Council/Beatty & Associates (retired)

                   - Video: Retired CalFire Siskiyou Unit Battalion Chief Darin Quigley’s audio/video where 2021 Dixie Fire burned from USFS into Beaty managed 2007 Moonlight Fire plantation

3:55- 4:40 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

 4:40 -5:00 Meeting ends

Posters: If you are interested in submitting a poster, please contact Leif Mortenson,, for guidelines and sizing information.


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 larger lots, parking lot 50 and 55, a bit further down Garrod Dr on the left. These parking lot are a 5 minute walk to the meeting location at Putah Creek Lodge. 

CEUs:  DPR, ISA and SAF continuing education credits will be applied for.

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