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Conference: California Forest Futures 2005

May 23, 2005

Forests provide a wealth of public benefits - water, wildlife, wilderness, wood and a well-balanced climate. Yet, many in our state are unaware of how greatly we depend on forest goods and services. Even more are unaware of the dangers facing California's forests today. Losing more and more forests to development is a crisis of historic proportions we must work together to solve.

California Forest Futures 2005 is a two-day conference that will examine the forces dramatically re-shaping our forest landscapes and explore the strategies and actions necessary to secure an economic and ecologically rewarding future.

Topics include:

* making California's forest industry more competitive in a global market while simultaneously protecting forests
* adapting “smart growth” principles to lessen the impact of rural development
* developing new, ecological-based revenue streams from carbon sequestration, water flows and habitat
* expanding the use of working conservation easements to preserve the private forest infrastructure
* implementing financial, regulatory and other incentives to promote conservation

Join elected officials, policy makers, forest owners, foresters, land use planners, environmental and conservation professionals, activists, attorneys, media and other concerned citizens as we come together to consider the critical choices facing the future of California's vital forestlands.

Honorary Chair: Mike Chrisman, California Secretary for Resource

Don't miss the most important forest conference in our state's history.

For more information or to register, visit California Forest Futures 2005

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