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Dave McNamara (left) and Lois Kaufman (right) are members of the Seedling Society, which launched in 2019 to provide personal solutions for landowners and
conservationists who share a strong belief in the stewardship of healthy forests for generations to come.

Lois went on to work at LaTour
for five seasons. " That's how I met
Dave, " she says. " We dated for
13 years, with me running around
between jobs. "
Since those early days, Lois
has spent her career building
relationships with California's Tree
Farmers. In 2010, she became the
executive director of the California
State Tree Farm Committee and
has been serving in that capacity
ever since.
The Transition to Tree Farming
Decades as forestry
professionals left Lois and Dave
well-prepared to dive into private
landownership. They bought their
first eight acres in 2006, and
another 45 acres in 2013. The
timber company they bought it
from had done some biomass
cutting in 1990. " Today, you can't
tell with all the new regeneration.

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That's what keeps us busy, " Dave
said. " We have the five primary
coniferous species of California:
Ponderosa pine, sugar pine,
white fir, Douglas fir, and cedar. "
Other species include black oak
and live oak. Lois and Dave are
careful about retaining the western
dogwoods for their red foliage in
the fall.
Dave retired about 20 years ago,
but he hasn't stopped working.
" That first eight acres, I have to
admit, I cleaned it up like a park. I
enjoy doing it. The bottom line is it's
just pride of ownership, " he said.
" We get a lot of nice compliments
from people. They see what we've
done, and then they want to do it to
their land. "
" Lois and Dave take great pride
and joy in managing their forest in
the foothills of the Sierra, " Bethany
Mueller said. " I've had the pleasure
of visiting them on their property

several times, and I have learned
so much during my time with them
about managing forests for wildfire
resilience. Their enthusiasm for
managing their land is contagious.
I wish every landowner could take
a walk in the woods with Lois and
Dave! California is so fortunate
to be the beneficiary of Lois and
Dave's service. "
Living in an area at high risk
of wildfires informs much of their
labor. This year was especially
intense, with a record number of
acres erupting in flames across the
West. The nearby Zogg Fire was
still burning when we spoke about
living in fire country. " We built our
house with fire in mind, " Kaufman
said, " because we're smack in the
middle of the property. "
The house and outbuildings are
built with fire-resistant Hardie board
siding and metal roofing. They
logged and did a biomass thinning



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Winter 2020

Our Forests & Our Future
Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm & North Quabbin Land Trust Provide Accessible Trails
Forest Interactions
Outreach & Connections Through Virtual Events
Planting Seeds for the Future of Family Forestry
Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Program Obtain Funding for Expansion
Overcoming the Forester Capacity Challenge in the Western U.S.
2020 Policy Wins
Woodland - Winter 2020 - Intro
Woodland - Winter 2020 - cover1
Woodland - Winter 2020 - cover2
Woodland - Winter 2020 - 3
Woodland - Winter 2020 - Our Forests & Our Future
Woodland - Winter 2020 - 5
Woodland - Winter 2020 - Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm & North Quabbin Land Trust Provide Accessible Trails
Woodland - Winter 2020 - 7
Woodland - Winter 2020 - Forest Interactions
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Outreach & Connections Through Virtual Events
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Planting Seeds for the Future of Family Forestry
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Program Obtain Funding for Expansion
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Overcoming the Forester Capacity Challenge in the Western U.S.
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - 2020 Policy Wins
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