A summit Friday in Sonora will deal with the millions of Sierra Nevada trees killed by drought and bark beetles in recent years.
The organizer of the free event, the Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment, urges increased logging to remove the dead timber and make the remaining trees more healthy.
The 15th annual Natural Resource Summit will run from 9 a.m. to noon in the Sierra Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, off Highway 49-108 just south of downtown. Informational displays will be up from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The speakers will include two Republican lawmakers whose vast districts include the county – Rep. Tom McClintock and state Assemblyman Frank Bigelow. Also on the program:
▪ Stephanie Gomes, tree mortality deputy chief for the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service
▪ Rick Carr, regional resource manager for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
▪ Rick Spurlock, chairman of the California Biomass Energy Alliance
▪ Jim Branham, executive officer for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy
▪ Steve Brink, vice president for public resources at the California Forestry Association
▪ Dan Tomascheski of Sierra Pacific Industries, which owns two sawmills and extensive timberland in the county
Mike Albrecht, president of Sierra Resource Management in Jamestown, will moderate the panel.