208 Fairground Road
Quincy, CA 95971
Ryan Tompkins is the UC Cooperative Extension Forester and Natural Resources Advisor for Plumas, Sierra, and Lassen counties and is a California Registered Professional Forester (No. 3108). His research interests include forest & fire ecology and management in the Sierra Nevada, forest restoration, and post-fire reforestation. His 18 year federal career included working as a forester and certified silviculturist with the USDA Forest Service and working in the Fire Effects program at the National Park Service. He is a member of the Science Advisory Panel for the California Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force and also served on its reforestation working group. When he's not thinking about forested landscapes, he might be helping firewise communities, gardening, or just enjoying a quiet moment in the Sierra Nevada backcountry.
Areas of Expertise (click to see all ANR academics with this expertise)
- Forest / Range / Wildlife Commodities / Habitats - General
- Forest Trees and Products
- Forest and Range Resources
- Management and Control of Forest and Range Fires
- Management and Sustainability of Forest Resources
- Natural Resources, General
- Pest Management/Diseases
- Sustainable Natural Ecosystems
- Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases
Low, Kathryn E.; Battles, John J.; Tompkins, Ryan E.; Stephens, Scott L.; Collins, Brandon M. (2023). Shaded fuel breaks create wildfire-resilient forest stands: lessons from a long-term study in the Sierra Nevada. Fire Ecology. 19:29. May 5, 2023.
Knight, Clarke A.; Tompkins, Ryan E., et al. (2022). Accurate tracking of forest activity key to multi-jurisdictional management goals: A case study in California. Journal of Environmental Management. 302, p. 114083. January 15, 2022.
North, M.P., Tompkins, R.E., Bernal, A.A., Collins, B.M., Stephens, S.L. and York, R.A., 2022. Operational resilience in western US frequent-fire forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 507, p.120004.
North, M.P., York, R.A., Collins, B.M., Hurteau, M.D., Jones, G.M., Knapp, E.E., Kobziar, L., McCann, H., Meyer, M.D., Stephens, S.L. and Tompkins, R.E., 2021. Pyrosilviculture needed for landscape resilience of dry western United States forests. Journal of Forestry, 119(5), pp.520-544.
Moore, I.B., Collins, B.M., Foster, D.E., Tompkins, R.E., Stevens, J.T. and Stephens, S.L., 2021. Variability in wildland fuel patches following high-severity fire and post-fire treatments in the northern Sierra Nevada. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 30(12), pp.921-932.
North, M.P., Stevens, J.T., Greene, D.F., Coppoletta, M., Knapp, E.E., Latimer, A.M., Restaino, C.M., Tompkins, R.E., Welch, K.R., York, R.A. and Young, D.J., 2019. Tamm Review: Reforestation for resilience in dry western US forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 432, pp.209-224.
Russell, Will; Tompkins, Ryan (2005). Estimating Biomass in Coastal Baccharis pilularis dominated shrub types. Fire Ecology. 1:1.
Ingram, Kim; Kocher, Susie; Tompkins, Ryan; Jones, Michael. (2022). California's Small Forest Landowners: Goals and barriers of landowners motivated to manage their forests. A report to the California Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force. November 2022.
Moore, I; Collins, B., and R. Tompkins (2022). Managing fuel profiles in high severity burns. California Fire Science Consortium: Research Brief for Managers.January 2022.
Tompkins, Ryan E.; Kocher, Susan (2022). New federal wildfire plan is ambitious – but the Forest Service needs more money and people to fight the growing risks. The Conversation. Jan 26, 2022.
Tompkins, Ryan; North, Malcolm, et al. (2022). Research Brief for Resource Managers: What is forest resilience and how do we measure it? California Fire Science Consortium. March 2022.
Tompkins, Ryan (2022). What is Forest Resilience in California's Future? Forestland Steward. California Forest Stewardship Program Newsletter. 4-6. Fall 2022.
McCann, H.; Butsic, V., et al. (2021). Building Capacity for Long-term Forest Stewardship. Public Policy Institute of California. July 6, 2021.
Knight, C.A; Tompkins, R.E., et al. (2021). California's 1-million-acre goal: tracking our progress. California Fire Science Consortium: Research Brief for Resource Managers. November 2021.
McCann, H; Butsic, V., et al. (2021). How Water Agencies Could Catalyze Headwater Forest Management. Public Policy Institute of California. August 2, 2021.
McCann, H; Butsic, V., et al. (2021). How Wood Products Could Lower the Cost of Forest Management. Public Policy Institute of California. July 12, 2021.
Rosser, Annabelle; McCann, Henry, et al. (2021). Managing Family Forests Is Key to Managing Wildfire. Public Policy Institute of California. September 8, 2021.
Kocher, Susan; Tompkins, Ryan E. (2021). Moving beyond America’s war on wildfire: 4 ways to avoid future megafires. The Conversation. October 13, 2021.
Lennon, Amber; York, Robert; Tompkins, Ryan. (2021). Using pyrosilviculture to make forests inclusive of fire at larger scales. California Fire Science Consortium: Research Brief for Resource Managers. December 2021.
Tompkins, Ryan (2021). Wildfire Preparedness at Home & Other Vegetation Management Tools. Grazing For Change.T. Schohr. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. 15-16. May 2021.
- Tompkins, Ryan; Stephens, Scott (2020). Brief on California Wildfires and Forest Restoration Challenges. Prepared for Congressional Staff. September 2020. https://ucanr.edu/sites/UCCE-Plumas-Sierra/files/343790.pdf
York, R; Roughton, A., et al. (2020). Burn permits need to facilitate - not prevent - "good fire" in California. California Agriculture. 74:2, 62-66. May 25, 2020.
- Tompkins, Ryan (2020). Post-Fire Considerations for Forest Landowners. Forest Landowner Fact Sheet for Plumas, Sierra, and Lassen Counties. September 2020. https://ucanr.edu/sites/UCCE-Plumas-Sierra/files/343145.pdf
Tompkins, Ryan (2020). Reforestation in a burning climate. UCANR Green Blog. March 21, 2020.
Schohr, Tracy; Tompkins, Ryan, et al. (2019). Invasive Weed Management Post-Wildfire: Closer Look at Camp Fire Invasive Weeds in Right-of-ways. Grasslands: Published quarterly by the California Native Grasslands Association. 29:3, 10-14.
- Gasser, Don; Hepner, Hannah, et al. (2019). Plumas County Communities Wildfire Protection Plan. Plumas County Fire Safe Council. 18-20. July 2019.
Tompkins, Ryan (2019). Thinning for defensible space: tree selection considerations. Plumas Underburn Cooperative Workshop: How to Prepare your Land for Fire. November 9, 2019.
ANR Workgroup Associations
- Fire - Member
- Forest Ecosystems and Communities - Member
- Native American Community Partnerships - Member