Calforests is proud to represent the forest products industry, one of the most heavily regulated industries in California, as well as one of the most committed to carrying out its work in responsible and sustainable ways.

Who We Are

The California Forestry Association (Calforests) is the leading advocate for the 25,000 workers, including scientists and professional foresters, as well as the land managers and landowners that collectively make up the state’s forest products industry. Our mission is to enhance forest health and safety by assuring an adequate and sustainable supply of forest products.

Calforests’ guiding principles – a commitment to science, innovation, integrity, respect, and cooperation – drive our belief that forestry professionals have a responsibility to maintain and enhance forests in order to ensure their health and productivity for generations to come. Over the course of the last two decades our members have successfully transformed their business operations with the express goal of employing environmentally sound policies and the sustainable use of renewable resources.

Annually, our members plant millions of trees, because healthy forests provide the state with clean water and air, thriving wildlife habitats and sustainable locally grown wood products. Maintaining our forests is an economic driver in many areas and the forest management practices that are used to do so represent the best way to safeguard our communities from catastrophic wildfires.

Become a Member
To join Calforests, please email President and CEO, Matt Dias.

California’s forest products industry is proud of its innovative and sustainable approach to forestry and works diligently to sustain itself as an impactful driver of regional economies throughout the state.

Rich Gordon, President and CEO, Calforests


1215 K ST. #1830
CA 95814

9:00AM – 5:00PM


What We Do

Calforests relies on its carefully cultivated political networks to coordinate efforts with regional and national organizations to build broad support for and awareness of key industry initiatives. These networks enable Calforests to achieve critical policy, regulatory and legislative goals that protect and promote the economic interests of the forest products industry. Consequently, Calforests has played a prominent in several recent developments, including:

  • Serving as a key resource for certain elements of the Federal Farm Bill
  • Securing funding in SB 901 for forest management
  • Providing ongoing input to CALFIRE, the State Legislature and the Governor’s Office on wildfire prevention and preparation efforts
  • Playing an enhanced role in the Governor’s Forest Management Task Force
  • Promoting the use of innovative products like cross laminated timber and biomass

We are proud to serve as a leader in the vitality of California’s economy and environment by producing forest products from healthy and sustainable forests, and we are #forestproud.

Calforests Staff

Matt Dias
President and CEO

Steve Brink
Vice President Public Resources

George Gentry
Senior Vice President

Yianni Kazanis
Communications Director

Beatrice Menchaca