Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum on Feb. 21 will feature guest speaker Leana Weissberg, California director at American Forests; Weissberg will give an overview of American Forests' California reforestation portfolio

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February 12, 2024 (press release) –

The Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum's February meeting will feature guest speaker Leana Weissberg , California director at American Forests .

Founded in 1875, American Forests is a national nonprofit advocating for careful and science-based strategies to manage and conserve forests. American Forests helped to create the National Forest System and Civilian Conservation Corps and helped to advance the field of urban forestry.

Weissberg will give an overview of American Forests' California reforestation portfolio.

American Forests' California program has two main focal areas within the field of reforestation: holistic postfire implementation and strategic efforts to address pinch points in the reforestation pipeline. Our work includes postfire reforestation on the Eldorado and Sequoia national forests, a reforestation-specific workforce development program and coordinated, cross-boundary efforts to increase nursery infrastructure, seed supply and workforce.

The meeting is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 21 , with social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Hosting the event will be the J&R Logging Events Center , 7520 Mt. Aukum Road , Somerset . Attendees are advised to turn in on the south side of D'Agostini Reservoir and drive straight back to the parking area.

Dinner, including beverages is offered for $15 per person. The menu is white wine garlic mustard chicken, rice, salad and chocolate mousse cake.

Those interested in attending should RSVP by emailing Diane Dealey Neill at or by calling (530) 417-1960 by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 .

Upcoming Forest Forum events

March 20 : Dinner meeting with speaker Leisel Finley , local rancher, virtual fencing; Amador County location TBD

April 17 : Dinner meeting with speaker and location TBD

May 4 : Annual field tour and picnic; topic and location TBD

June 1 : CA Tree School day-long education event for forest landowners and those interested in forestry. Registration is required for the Placerville event. For more information email Kim Ingram at

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