Project at a Glance

Title: California forest response program planning conference, February 22-24, 1987

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Bicknell, S. H.

Contractor: California State University, Humboldt

Contract Number: A6-080-32

Research Program Area: Ecosystem & Multimedia Effects

Topic Areas: Ecosystem Impacts


In 1982, the California Legislature passed the Kapiloff Acid Deposition Act which set up a five-year research and monitoring program to be implemented by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This program was intended to determine the present and potential environmental public health and economic effects of continued acid deposition" in the State.

This mandate forms the rationale for the initiation of a California Forest Response Program (CFRP). An assessment of the effects or potential effects of acid deposition, alone or in combination with other air pollutants, on forest resources wil be required as part of the final report of the Kapiloff program. This contract was the result of a request for proposal initiated by the Air Resources Board to meet the mandate of the Kapiloff Act.

The request for proposals called for a thorough literature review and a draft paln. The literature review was intended to supply a background in the effects of acid deposition and other air pollutants on forests. This background was necessary to ensure the development of a well-informed, well-considered, and state of the art plan of research for the State of California. The objective of the plan was to evaluate the effects of Acid Deposition and associated pollutants on California forests and to determine the mechanisms of those effects.

The contrator's proposal argued that a conference of nationally respected scientists was the most efficient method of providing the wide range of expertise necessary to formulate an adequate plan for California. The Air Resources Board agreed and a conference of 44 experts was organized and convened February 22-24, 1987. Ten of these experts provided literature review papers. The literature review papers were suplied in draft from to all conference participants, were formally peer reviewed, and are included in this Conference Proceedings. The conference was also used for workshops, formal debate and formal peer review of the draft plan. The draft plan and appendices, including workshoop summaries and biographies of the conference participants, are also included in this volume.

The development of the draft plan, and the conference were also supported by the Western Conifers Research Cooperative of the national Forest Response Program. The Western Conifers Research Cooperative (WCRC) is the research program charged with investigating the effects of acid deposition and associated pollutants on coniferous forests in the western United States (WA, OR, CA, NV, ID, UT, AZ, NM, MT, WY, CO). The Cooperative is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency at the Environmental Research Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon.

The draft plan proposes that the initial year of the CFRP will be under the mandate of the Kapiloff Acid Deposition Program; subsequent years will continue as the responsibility of the California Air Resources Board and wil additionally be supported by resources and expertise of the Western Conifers Research Cooperative. It is anticipated that other state and federal funds will also be used to support CFRP projects.

For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Research Division staff at (916) 445-0753

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