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2016 Call for Positions

On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.

2016 approved CE positions

January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).

The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:

The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.

The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or katherine.webb-martinez@ucop.edu.

 

2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

097 Forest and Fuels Management Specialist

The Forest and Fuels Management Specialist will pursue research and outreach, working closely with family forest owners, professional resource managers, a wide variety of forest interest groups, regulators, and policy makers to address issues in forest ecosystem management, especially those associated with fire risk and forest health.  Examples of issues to be addressed include 1) designing and testing more effective arrays of treatments of forest stands to increase resiliency at the individual ownership as well as across multiple ownerships, 2) improving the understanding of the interaction of forest health/fire risk reduction treatments, long term net growth, and the habitat requirements of rare and endangered species such as sufficient snags and down logs. 3) Integrating vegetation management goals with desired aquatic health, wildlife habitat, water quality and quantity, and biodiversity outcomes. 

Proposed Location/Housing

UCB Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

7 Comments

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I am acting Fisheries Chief for the California Department of Fish and WIldlife and oversee numerous fisheries, conservation, recovery, habitat restoration, and science and natural resource projects. I also was our department's fire ecologist,wrote the state's joint policy on fire response, and have been involved in wildfire issues for 3 decades. Wildfire is one of the most significant processes for wildlife and ecosystems in California. Fire, fire management and fuel management affect nearly all natural resources in the State and have profound influences on biodiversity, species and ecosystem viability and stability, water management, and habitat management. Forests and chaparral ecosystems and fuel management is more significant now that at any other time in the State's history. With nearly 40 million citizens, extreme and prolonged environmental phenomena {e.g., the current drought}, and climate change, being able to effectively understand and address forested ecosystems and vegetation fuels dynamics will be one of the most important and effective means to sustain forests, manage natural resources, protect species and biodiversity, and address critical wildland issues {e.g., fire, water supply, industry}.
UC Extension Cooperative is vital the department's and other agencies efforts. It has always been one of the most effective organizations to bridge natural resource agencies, local government, land owners, and academic researchers. [I have worked with UCCE on oak woodland, native plant, fire, forestry, fisheries restoration, wildland fire, and wildlife topics]. This position is more vital than ever to collaboration and progress on forest and fuel management issues in California.
Posted Jun 12, 2016 9:57 PM by Kevin Shaffer
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W. M. Beaty & Associates, Inc., established in 1969, provides forestland management, timber inventories, reforestation, and wildlife assessments to landowners to facilitate the maintenance of healthy, well-managed forests. W. M. Beaty & Associates, Inc. unconditionally supports the Forest and Fuels Management Specialist position with the University of California.

The press release dated June 22, 2016 by the USDA Forest Service cites the need for urgent restoration of our forests that have been impacted by drought, beetles, and warmer temperatures and the need for an emergency fund like other natural disasters. In this press release, there is no recognition that overstocked forest conditions exist across a large portion of the state. Vast acres of California forestland are chronically overstocked resulting in extreme inter-tree competition for limited soil moisture and nutrients. There is an increasing fire hazard and risk of adverse negative impacts from excessive fuel loading, especially with the increasing population, climate change, unhealthy forest conditions, and ever expanding wildland urban interface. Trees grow and forests accumulate biomass regardless of whether this wood is consumed by fire or harvested as wood products. Wide scale fuel reduction is the most effective tool to restore the health, vitality, and fire resilience of our forests.

It is alarming that agencies attempt to “manage” or forests through fire suppression in lieu of forest and fuel management. This is treating the symptom (wildfire) rather than the problem (fuel loading).

The Forest and Fuels Management Extension Specialist could assist in providing irrefutable scientific information of the benefits of forest and fuels management to forest landowners and the public.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 7:55 AM by Scott P Carnegie
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The California Forestry Association (Calforests) is the statewide trade association that consists of forest owners, forest products producers and forestry professionals committed to sustainable forestry and responsible stewardship of our renewable natural resources through environmentally sound policies and conservation practices. The forest sector is a significant contributor to our state’s environmental and economic well-being, and strongly supports the placement of this position. Unfortunately, California's forests are facing increasingly severe impacts from drought, insect and disease attack, and catastrophic wildfire. The Forest and Fuels Management Specialist position is critical for outreach to, and working closely with family forest owners, professional resource managers, and a wide variety of forest stakeholders to address issues related to forest vegetation management, including those related to fire risk and forest health. Implementing and monitoring effective treatments of forest stands to increase resiliency to natural disturbance regimes for individual owners as well as across multiple ownerships is key to long-term forest health, as well as enhancing terrestrial and aquatic habitat vigor. Please consider this position as critical to the successful management of California's 34 million acres of forested landscapes.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 4:35 PM by David Bischel, pres./CEO, California Forestry Association
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As the Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), I am writing to provide our support for the proposed UC Forest and Fuels Management Specialties position. CAL FIRE is responsible for Forestry and Fire Protection on the non-federal wildlands in the State. In this capacity, CAL FIRE annually engages in a variety of fire, forest management, and fuel reduction activities. California wildlands are diverse and ever changing. Change agents including the unprecedented drought, insects, diseases, invasive species, increased population in the wildland urban interface, and catastrophic wildfire, have increased the complexity when planning forest management and fuel reduction activities.

Changes in the dynamic wildland ecosystems necessitate flexibility in the approaches taken to address wildland management. Accordingly, CAL FIRE’s Forest Health Program will target cooperative projects at the landscape scale. The proposed position will focus on landscape scale forest and fuels management in the fire prone forests of California. This landscape approach will be very helpful to inform and guide CAL FIRE’s Forest Health Program when implementing future forest management and fuel reduction activities.

CAL FIRE has enjoyed many productive years of partnership with the University of California and its associated elements such as, the California Fire Science Consortium and UC Cooperative Extension. The research and experimentation proposed for this position would have great value to CAL FIRE. Recent history shows that fires in California are becoming larger and more destructive. As a result, research into fire prevention, fuel reduction and post fire rehabilitation are more important than ever. This position will support research and help CAL FIRE adjust to the social and environmental changes currently taking place.

Please consider staffing the UC Forest and Fuels Management Specialist Position.
Posted Jun 29, 2016 1:26 PM by Chief Ken Pimlott, Director, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
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As managers of 1.6million acres of California forest land, we are keenly aware of the need for fuels management across our forests. Climate change, drought, and an increased population, have all combined to heighten the need for research and management expertise in this area if we are going to retain large acreages of forests as forests into the future. UC Coop Extension has a very high level of credibility with the wide range of stakeholders needed to coordinate and validate fuels management across the range of forest ownerships needed in order to be effective. Extension personnel have the ability to balance all the necessary resource values in order to preserve water quality, biological diversity, and human safety. We at Sierra Pacific are very supportive of creating this position.
Posted Jun 30, 2016 9:16 AM by Dan Tomascheski for Sierra Pacific Industries
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California has an estimated 66 million dead trees with many more trees likely to succumb to the drought and bark beetle induced stress in the near future. While it is too late to prevent the significant die-off that California is currently facing, having additional expertise within the University of California will be very valuable in helping to identify management strategies to help prevent future losses. California Farm Bureau Federation (Farm Bureau) represents forest landowners of many sizes and having information on practices to increase forest resiliency across forest landscapes and ownerships will be appreciated by our members. Farm Bureau appreciates UCCE’s consideration of a CE Forest and Fuels Management Specialist and respectfully requests that this position be created and filled.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 3:42 PM by California Farm Bureau Federation
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Collins Pine Company has been sustainably managing multi-age forestlands in California since 1941 and is in full support of the Forest and Fuels Management Cooperative Extension Specialist position with the University of California. More research is needed on multi-aged forestry in the mixed conifer, east-side pine and true fir forests in our region and that research would greatly benefit our company and other forestry ownerships that use this silvicultural system. Today our forests are facing significant challenges related to drought and catastrophic wildfire. These stressors contribute to increased mortality and as a direct result insect populations have caused tree mortality increases of 400% between 2014 and 2015. Over the last decade, despite well managed lands and a comprehensive road system, several thousand acres of Collins lands have been significantly affected by wildfire. In order to continue to manage our forests in a healthy and sustainable way we need the support of new research and the opportunity to collaborate on forest treatments that are sustainable, produce products and revenues and create fire-safe stand conditions. Family-owned companies often don’t have the resources to do research in-house and continue to look for chances to cooperate on innovative projects. Extension Specialists from UCANR fill this role well as they are not burdened by agency budgets or agendas and they are not bound by any financial expectations. These experts have a unique opportunity to provide unbiased research and expert opinion to forest managers that works in the best interest of the resource, the landowner and the people of the state.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 10:23 AM by Andrew Juska

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