David Bischel is a licensed professional forester and president of the California Forestry Association (Calforests). Calforests is the forest industry’s Sacramento-based trade association representing a diverse membership of California’s forest landowners, wood-product manufacturers and forestry professionals. Previously, Bischel was the executive officer of the Board of Forestry’s Professional Foresters Licensing Program. Bischel has 20+ years of forest management experience, 10 years as the forestry manager for Southern Pacific’s 220,000-acre Mt. Shasta District.
There is growing momentum to build a strong, sustainable biomass energy infrastructure in California — great news for our environment and our forests. But in the meantime, many facilities are struggling to survive, and changes are needed to guarantee a stable future for this important green energy industry.