Russell Henly assumes newly created post of Assistant Secretary of Forest Resources Management

by Cate Moore on October 2, 2013


Governor Brown has appointed Russell Henly, 55, of Sacramento, as Assistant Secretary of Forest Resources Management at the California Natural Resources Agency. This newly created position at the Natural Resources Agency will be tasked with leading/coordinating efforts to improve the inter-agency effectiveness and efficiency of forest regulation and permitting activities that are conducted by the various departments and boards at both the Resources Agency and Cal EPA. This task has been sorely needed for years and we hope that Mr. Henly will find the cooperation he needs to streamline the system and ferret out the redundancies and interagency regulatory conflicts.

Mr. Henly has held multiple positions at CAL FIRE since 1992, including:

  • assistant deputy director for resource protection and improvement
  • watershed assessment manager
  • policy and economics analyst.

Prior to serving in CAL FIRE, he was a research specialist at the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Henly is a member of the Society of American Foresters. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in wildland resource science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science degree in forest policy and economics from the University of Minnesota.

CCFA welcomes Mr. Henley and looks forward to discussing our local forest management issues with him.


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Stefan Habelitz December 31, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Dear Dr. Henley,

Please continue to protect California’s Forests by assuring that funds from A.B. 1492 go to the Board of Forestry’s pilot projects to assess cumulative logging impacts.

With Kind Regards,
Stefan Habelitz, PhD
Alameda, CA 94501


Cate Moore January 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Cumulative impact studies can be useful or great black holes of available resources, depending on the end product. Many cumulative impact studies push around a lot of statistics and graphs, but do not produce land management criteria that can then be executed in the field. Another great failing of most cumulative impact studies is the failure to analyze the very real cumulative impacts of doing nothing.

The world does not stop when humans step back. The animals, birds, insects and even the wind carry seeds, pathogens and disease vectors across our artificial barriers and, if we do nothing, the land we are supposedly protecting becomes contaminated. The brush and trees continue to grow until the land becomes overpopulated, then the insects and tree diseases come to plague these weakened trees and the risk of wildfire rises. The overgrowth of trees also affects ground water resources, contributing to the drawdown of water flowing in our streams. The Indians practiced fire management, which has many effects that we are just starting to rediscover, including reduction of overstocked vegetation and reduction of insect and fungal pathogens that infest our trees.

Yes, it is important to examine cumulative effects, but those effects should not focus just on logging, but on the entire range of human activity and inactivity in our forests.


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