Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Ryan E. Tompkins

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Forestry & Natural Resource Advisor
Plumas Sierra
208 Fairground Road
Quincy, CA 95971
(530) 283-6125
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Lassen County


Ryan Tompkins is the UC Cooperative Extension Forest 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, silviculture for ecological 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.  When he's not thinking about forested landscapes, he might be helping firewise communities or just enjoying a quiet moment in the Sierra Nevada backcountry. 


M.F. Forestry, University of California at Berkeley. 2001
B.S. Forestry, University of California at Berkeley. 1996

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Peer Reviewed

  • North, Malcolm; York, Rob; Collins, Brandon; Hurteau, Matthew; Jones, Gavin; Knapp, Eric; Kobsiar, Leda; McCann, Henry: Meyer; Stephens, Scott; Tompkins, Ryan; Tubbesing, Carmen (2021). Pyrosilviculture Needed for Landscape Resilience of Dry Western United States Forests. Journal of Forestry. 1 - 25. May 21, 2021.
  • North, Malcolm; Stevens, Jens; Greene, David; Coppoletta, Michelle; Knapp, Eric; Latimer, Andrew; Restaino, Christina; Tompkins, Ryan; Welch, Kevin; York, Rob; Young, Derek; Axelson, Jodi; Buckley, Tom; Estes, Becky; Hager, Rachel; Long, Jonathan; Meyer, Marc; Ostoja, Steven; Safford, Hugh; Shive, Kristen; Tubbesing, Carmen; Vice, Heather; Walsh, Dana; Werner, Chhaya; Wyrsch, Peter (2019). Tamm Review: Reforestation for resilience in dry western U.S. Forests. Forest Ecology and Management. 432, 209-224. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.09.007
  • Russell, Will; Tompkins, Ryan (2005). Estimating Biomass in Coastal Baccharis pilularis dominated shrub types. Fire Ecology. 1:1.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • McCann, H.; Butsic, V.; Huber-Stearns, H.; Kelly, E.; and Tompkins, R (2021). Building Capacity for Long-term Forest Stewardship. Public Policy Institute of California. July 6, 2021. https://www.ppic.org/blog/building-capacity-for-long-term-forest-stewardship/
  • McCann, H; Butsic, V.; Huber-Stearns, H; Kelly, E.; and Tompkins, R (2021). How Water Agencies Could Catalyze Headwater Forest Management. Public Policy Institute of California. August 2, 2021. https://www.ppic.org/blog/how-water-agencies-could-catalyze-headwater-forest-management/
  • McCann, H; Butsic, V.; Huber-Stearns, H; Kelly, E.; and Tompkins, R (2021). How Wood Products Could Lower the Cost of Forest Management. Public Policy Institute of California. July 12, 2021. https://www.ppic.org/blog/how-wood-products-could-lower-the-cost-of-forest-management/
  • 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.; Tompkins, R.; Kocher, S (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. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=39610
  • Lile, David; Schohr, Tracy; Tompkins, Ryan; Getts, Thomas; O'Reilly, Kari; Brown, Samantha (2020). UC Cooperative Extension Plumas-Sierra Counties 2019 Annual Report. April 2020. https://ucanr.edu/sites/UCCE-Plumas-Sierra/files/324361.pdf
  • Schohr, Tracy; Tompkins, Ryan; Getts, Tom; Wilkin, Kate; Wiley, Jen (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; West, Matthew; McCourt, Sue; White, Chuck; Herrin, Becky; Tompkins, Ryan; Bauer, Ryan; Callaghan, Mike; Bowman, Chuck; Hollister, Zach; Martynn, Dan; Moghaddas, Jason; Graevs, Brad (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. https://ucanr.edu/sites/UCCE-Plumas-Sierra/files/343146.pdf

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