Central Sierra
University of California
Central Sierra

Tree Mortality - Replanting After the Trees Die

Train the Trainer Workshop
for UCCE Master Gardeners

This workshop will provide information and resources to help UCCE Master Gardeners answer questions from the public about tree mortality.

The Issue: California, and the Sierra Nevada in particular, is experiencing an unprecedented die off of trees on both private and public lands. Aerial survey in 2016 showed that over 102 million have died in the last four years of drought, including over 62 million in 2016 alone. Die off of trees at this scale is a result of two intertwining factors, the historic drought and the overstocked condition of our forests and woodlands. Decades of fire suppression and harvesting of the largest and most resilient trees means that the Sierran landscape has become overcrowded with vegetation vulnerable to wildfire and insect epidemics.

Throughout the Sierra, landowners have lost trees, leaving them wondering what to replant. Current assistance and outreach programs, through state and county based tree mortality task forces, have been focused on assisting local jurisdictions and landowners to remove and dispose of hazard trees. CalFire is beginning to offer reforestation assistance to landowners who qualify for the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP). This assistance, while valuable, has been limited to date and only those with at least 20 acres of land are eligible to apply for the funds.

There have been no efforts to assist or guide landowners of smaller parcels on how or if to revegetate after tree die off. Without some clear guidance, individuals may choose to forego replanting of conifers in the mistaken belief that this mortality event means conifers have no place in the Sierra landscape. This may lead to increased introduction of non-adapted species and a loss of forest ecosystem function and services. 

Online Registration

Registration open through June 2nd or until workshop filled.

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The Solution: Utilizing the expansive network of UCCE Master Gardener Volunteers to provide guidance to small parcel owners, local jurisdictions, NGOs, home owners associations, and interested others on revegetation/reforestation after tree mortality in the Sierra Nevada. Currently Master Gardener volunteers throughout the region are being asked “what do I plant now that all the conifers are dead?”

Who Should Attend: Any UCCE Master Gardeners from a county affected by tree mortality including but not limited to Plumas, Sierra, Placer, Nevada, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Merced, Madera and Fresno counties. If you are a Master Gardener in another county but still are interested in this topic you are welcome to attend.

Dates: There are two regional workshops being offered:

El Dorado County Workshop

Date & Time: June 6, 2017, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location has been changed to: Sly Park Environmental Education 5600 Sly Park Rd, Pollock Pines, CA 95726 - Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/NqvSCNAUGxw

We will be carpooling over to Sly Park Recreation Area at 2p.m.: https://goo.gl/maps/EJMeUf92sFP2

Tuolumne County Workshop

Date & Time: June 14, 2017, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Tuolumne County Ambulance Headquarters, 18440 Striker Court, Sonora, CA 95370

Cost: There is no fee for active UCCE Master Gardeners in good standing. For others, the cost is $40. The workshop includes handouts, resources, light refreshments and lunch. Please register by June 2nd for the first workshop and June 9th for the second workshop.

Online Registration - registration open through June 2nd or until workshop is filled.

Download Replanting After the Trees Die flyer.


Workshop Agenda

9:00:  Introduction
9:10:  The issue (causes, drought, scale), Susie Kocher, Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Central Sierra, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties
9:30:  Bark Beetles in Conifers, Beverly Bulaon, Entomologist, USFS Stanislaus Forest
10:10:  Forest Succession After Bark Beetle Invasion in BC, Jody Axelson, Forestry Specialist, University of California Cooperative Extension, UC Berkeley
10:50:  Climate Change & Forest Genetics, Jessica Wright, USDA Forest Service
11:30:  Landscape Trees and Climate Change, Igor Lacan, Urban Forestry Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, San Mateo - San Francisco Counties
12:10:  Lunch - Provided
12:40:  Site Preparation, Replanting, and follow up - Seedling Program with El Dorado County & Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation District, Mark Egbert, District Manager
1:20:  Overview of CalFIRE Assistance Programs & Local Laws, Zsolt Katay & Mary Huggins, CalFIRE Forestry Assistance Specialists
1:40:  FAQ Panel
2:30:  Head to the woods! 
Focus on: Site prep, planting, brush management, removing trees, insect damage, accessing tree health, tree removal contractor
4:00:  Workshop Adjourned 



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