California Board of Forestry
Anadromous Salmondid Protection VTAC Committee
Sound Watershed's Founding Principal (Mike Liquori) was appointed by the Director of CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) to chair the VTAC Committee. This committee is developing riparian management guidance documents in collaboration with state and federal agencies and other scientist. These documents will allow landowners to better manage for desired ecosystem-services by designing with site-specific, spatially-explicit approaches. For more information, including powerpoint files, mission & goals statements, and meeting minutes, see: http://www.bof.fire.ca.gov/board_committees/vtac/
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.  The VTAC will also track implementation through CAL FIRE progress reports.
Spatially-Explicit Riparian Management
One of the compelling outcomes from the literature review (described below) is idea of developing a spatially-explicit Riparian Management process within the State of California. Such a process would vary forest management practices to more closely support ecological process important to the creation of salmonid habitat in forested landscapes. Sound Watershed Consulting presented a conceptual approach for a SERM process to the Board of Forestry on June 2, 2009. We continue to work with the Board as it considers this management strategy.
Jackson Demonstration State Forest
Sound Watershed's Founding Principal (Mike Liquori) was appointed by the Director of CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) to participate on the Advisory Board for the Jackson Demonstration State Forest, the largest experimental forest in California. Mike contributed significantly to an exciting and dynamic research vision for not only the JDSF, but for the entire redwood region - using JDSF as a hub for collaborative, world-class research and demonstration. Mike is currently enjoying his second term on the Board.