Task Forces

California Firewood Task Force

The California Firewood Task Force initiates and facilitates efforts within the state to protect our native and urban forests from invasive pests that can be moved on firewood.

Chaired by Chris Ewing: chris.ewing@fire.ca.gov

California Oak Mortality Task Force

The California Firewood Task Force is a non-profit education and outreach group working to protect California’s urban and wildland forests from invasive pests and diseases that can be moved on firewood. The ‘Buy It Where You Burn It’ campaign promotes buying locally sourced wood near the location where it will be used and not moving it from location to location.

Chaired by Chris Lee: christopher.lee@fire.ca.gov

Pitch Canker Task Force

The Pitch Canker Task Force is a non-profit group working to manage the invasive fungus Fusarium circinatum (cause of pitch canker) in California. Its primary purpose is to coordinate research, management, monitoring, education, and public policy efforts impacting nearly 20 conifers, including Monterey and Bishop pines.

Chaired by Kim Corella: kim.corella@fire.ca.gov