October 5, 2023

Over 300 people came together in Redding (with over 200 joining online) for the Governor’s Wildfire & Forest Resilience Task Force’s Northern California regional meeting. Highlights for the meeting included the release of the Northern California’s Regional Resource Kit and Regional profile, completing the set for all four regions. Additionally, panelists presented on Northern California’s unique physical and socio-economic landscapes, including how regional leaders are scaling up landscape restoration and community protection as well as adapting to meet forest sector workforce needs.

If you couldn’t make it in person, or missed the real-time webinar, video recordings are available below.


  • Director’s Report: Director Wright provided an overview of projects and investments achieved by Task Force partners in the region and shared how new Task Force products such as the Interagency Treatment Dashboard and Regional Resource Kits can be utilized to assess landscape health and fire risk, plan and prioritize projects, and track progress toward wildfire resilience in every region of the state.
  • Northern California Landscapes: A panel of experts discussed Northern California’s unique physical and socio-economic landscapes and the role Indigenous stewardship, water security, and community resilience and recovery play in the region. The Task Force Interagency Science Team then introduced the new data tools for practitioners available in the Task Force’s Regional Resource Kits.
  • Scaling Up Landscape Restoration and Community Protection: Northern California regional leaders discussed how they are aligning funding and adapting their programs to restore landscapes and protect communities at a meaningful scale. This included a case study of Trinity County, California’s highest fire risk county.
  • Forest Sector Workforce Needs & Opportunities: A panel of forest sector workforce and training representatives discussed current forestry-related workforce impediments to increasing the pace and scale of landscape restoration.
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• Dr. Joe Wise, Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District

• Chairman Jack Potter Jr., Redding Rancheria

Opening Remarks

• Wade Crowfoot, CNRA

• Jennifer Eberlien, USFS

• Brian Ferebee, Executive Lead, Wildfire Crisis Strategy, USFS

• Task Force Executive Committee

Director’s Report

• Patrick Wright

Northern California's Landscapes

• Moderator: Steven Ostoja, USDA California Climate Hub

• Ramona Butz, USFS Northern Province Ecology

• Frank Lake, USFS-Pacific SW Research Station

• Safeeq Khan, UC Merced

• Yana Valochovic, UCANR

Regional Resource Kits: John Battles, UC Berkeley

Scaling Up Landscape Restoration & Community Protection

• Moderator: Nick Goulette, The Watershed Center

• Kelly Sheen, Trinity County RCD

• Rachel Birkey, Shasta-Trinity National Forest

• Leaf Hillman, North Coast Resource Partnership

• Gabe Shultz, CAL FIRE Northern Region

Forest Sector Workforce Needs & Opportunities

• Moderator: Becky Roe, Shasta College

• Todd Jones, Shasta Economic Development Corporation 

• Lindsay Dailey, Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance

• Justin Britton, CAL FIRE

• Mark Luster, Sierra Pacific Industries

• Tim Aldinger, Foundation for CA Community Colleges

Closing Remarks

• Task Force Co-Chairs