Dave Bischel Obituary and Memorial Service Information

David Arthur Bischel JUNE 18, 1950 – APRIL 25, 2019 David Arthur Bischel passed away surrounded by family the morning of Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the age of 68 in Auburn, California following a recurrence of cancer five years after his initial diagnosis. He was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, to Kenneth Henry Bischel and Mary Ruth (Morse) Bischel, and was the second of three brothers. He married Jill Sterrett Harper in 1975. David graduated…

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Commentary: Ready or Not, Wildfires Are Coming

By Justin Caporusso, Chair – California Forest Watershed Alliance (CAFWA). Posted by PublicCEO. California is home to nearly 40 million residents, the world’s 5th largest economy, and a collection of cutting-edge and entrepreneurial leaders in the arena of public policy.  These are traits that most states, and many nations, would gladly call their own. However, the glistening shine of the Golden State cannot hide the reality that California is also home to a devastating wildfire epidemic.…

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Regulation: Its What’s for Dinner (Breakfast and Lunch, Too)

By George Gentry, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs California’s forest sector is the most heavily regulated of its peers in the entire nation. As many industry members will remember all too well, the onset of these regulations quickly evolved into the “timber wars,” – of the 1980’s and 1990’s – which enveloped the forest sector and changed it dramatically. The end result is that today our industry must navigate a highly complex regulatory structure that regularly…

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On the Passing of David Bischel

By Rich Gordon, President, Calforests. It is with great sadness that I report that David Bischel, former President and CEO of the California Forestry Association, passed away this morning. Dave was at home with family and friends when he passed. Information on services will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please keep Dave's wife, Jill, and his extended family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Converting Biomass into Energy: The Responsible Way to Meet California’s Forest Management and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

By Rich Gordon, President, Calforests The topic of how best to deal with forest waste represents a major conundrum for California policymakers. Simply leaving biomass to rot on the forest floor emits harmful pollutants, including methane, while open pile burning also sends gases into the air. The bottom line is that both these options are decidedly counter-productive to California’s greenhouse gas goals. We can and we must do better. That is why Calforests has spent…

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Living and Learning at Swanton Pacific Ranch

By Rich Gordon, President, CalforestsOn Friday, April 19th I had the opportunity to visit Swanton Pacific Ranch, a division of the CalPoly State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Services. I was truly impressed by the educational opportunities available on this working landscape. I was obviously most interested in their forestry operations, but also impressed with the activity across an entire watershed. My hosts for the tour, Brian Dietterick, Director of the Ranch, and…

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Communication Central to Addressing California’s Wildfire Problem

We all know, too well in fact, that California is home to a relentless wildfire epidemic. The increasing severity of these incidents over the last decade and the subsequent losses of property and lives demands that our leaders continue to engage in critical conversations about this matter. To that end, Governor Newsom is certainly leading the way, having just last week released a report, compiled by his team of advisors, that studied wildfires, climate change…

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Wildfire Alert: Is Your Community at Risk?

Its no secret that California is home to annual, devastating wildfires. They are relentless and know no boundaries. As we have seen over the last couple of years, these fires are no longer confined to remote forestlands as we all witnessed the catastrophic events that unfolded in Paradise and Santa Rosa. At Calforests, we are working diligently as an industry to enhance hazardous fuel reduction efforts, including ecological thinning; push for more prescribed fires to…

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Congratulations to Mike Jani!

In case you missed it, earlier this week our very own Mike Jani - Senior Adviser for the Mendocino and Humboldt Redwood Companies - received a unanimous 5-0 vote of support from the members of the Senate Rules Committee on his reappointment to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. In a couple of weeks, Mike's reappointment will be taken up for a full vote on the Senate Floor. Good luck to Mike and…

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California on Fire

As California continues to grapple with the now ongoing threat of devastating and deadly wildfires, the California Forestry Association (Calforests) stands ready to do its part in finding solutions that matter. The attached report is an addendum to our 2018 Forest Health Initiative and focuses on why wildfires happen, why they are getting worse, and what we can do, as a state, to fight back.

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