Prescribed Burning in Soquel Demonstration State Forest: How good fire can improve forest health and community safety.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Prescribed Burning in the Soquel Demonstration State Forest
|6:00pm||Webinar began, presenter introductions|
|Angela Bernheisel: Soquel Demonstration State Forest, Fuel Management and Wildfire Resilience|
|Brett Agler: Prescribed Burn Implementation|
|Matthew Mosher: Environmental Impact Analysis and Positive Environmental Benefits of Prescribed Fire|
|Joe Restaino: Prescribed Fire Research and Monitoring at Soquel Demonstration State Forest|
Angela Bernheisel, Division Chief/Forest Manager, CAL FIRE Soquel Demonstration State Forest
Angela Bernheisel has been the Forest Manager at the Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) since 2011. She has 28 years of experience working in forestry and fire in the Central Coast Region. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and became a Registered Professional Forester in 1998. Previously Angela served as the Vegetation Management Program Coordinator and Forest Practice Inspector in the CAL FIRE San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit and worked in private consulting forestry with Edward A. Tunheim.
Angela has a love for forestry and the fire service that began long ago when she served as a firefighter for two seasons on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest right after high school. Managing SDSF is her dream job where she once worked as a Forestry Aide for a season and where she has a deep connection to the Santa Cruz Mountains and community. She has extensive experience in managing State Forest timber sales and projects for stream habitat enhancement, fuel treatments, road improvements and public recreation. She has worked at SDSF to build the infrastructure for conducting prescribed burns at this forest and has been increasing the pace and scale of wildfire resilience projects along with top notch researchers and collaborators.
Brett Agler, Vegetation Management Program Forester, CAL FIRE San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit
Matthew Mosher, Environmental Scientist, CAL FIRE San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit
Joe Restiano, Prescribed Fire Specialist & Senior Environmental Scientist CAL FIRE
Joe Restaino is a Senior Environmental Scientist at CAL FIRE and works as part of the Fire and Resource Assessment Program. He is a Prescribed Fire Specialist and leads the California Prescribed Fire Monitoring Program. In that role, he coordinates pre- and post-fire data collection to characterize treatment effects to forest fuels, tree mortality, species diversity, smoke production/dispersal, and carbon storage. He also coordinates field and analytical support for prescribed fire research across the state.
Prior to joining CAL FIRE, Joe was a Research Scientist at the University of Washington where he managed a nationwide network of research projects across a range of topics within fire ecology, including; fuels characterization, fire weather, carbon assessments, fuel treatment effectiveness, pile burning, combustion physics, ecosystem restoration, and fire behavior model evaluation. He has conducted research on hundreds of prescribed fires and has 20 years of experience conducting forest inventory. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Washington in Forest Resources examining the carbon dynamics of fuels treatments and wildfire. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley and has worked extensively with the University of California: Center for Forestry.