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Schedule

San Diego County Fair
6/7 to 7/6/2014
See our student work displayed

Pdf file you can download along with CFT Degree and Certificate classes by semester

degrees-certificates

FALL 2014 - CFT reopened in a newly remodeled "State of the Art Facility".

Note: Not all classes are offered each semester. The Palomar School Schedule page lists the current semester's classes and when available in the Fall 2014 School Schedule.

Sawmill Information

Campus Sawmill
Wood-Mizer website

Urban Forestry Resources:

If you have further questions about our Urban Forestry program, contact our Director of Urban Forestry, Dave Thomsen at 760-744-1150, x-2554.

Phil Goettsch
pgoettsch@palomar.edu

Dave Thomsen
dthomsen@palomar.edu
Palomar College Instructor are Palomar's key representatives of the
Urban Forestry program.

SelecTree
www.ufei.calpoly.edu
Tree identification program offered by the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute.

California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
eric_oldar@fire.ca.gov
Eric A. Oldar,
Regional Field Specialist
Urban & Community Forestry
909-320-6125

Urban Forestry at Palomar College

Chris with the donated Wood-MizerPalomar College is a leading community college located in southern California. It has achieved wide recognition for its Cabinet and Furniture Technology Department. Over 500 students are enrolled in classes each semester. In the spring of 2000 the Department embarked upon a program to establish and sustain an urban forest wood products facility. One of the objectives of this program is to provide exposure and awareness, educate and generate community participation in the process of recycling trees in a sustainable urban forest.


The urban forestry program, located on the main college campus, has on loan from Cal Fire a Wood-Mizer portable saw mill and two drying kilns. The saw mill is housed in a timber frame structure, specifically built for that purpose. In addition there is a portable saw mill which is used to cut large logs. With this equipment we are able to produce quality lumber from urban trees. We are the only such mill in San Diego County.


The program works closely with the county of San Diego and communities within the county to obtain trees for milling. Without their cooperation, felled trees would most probably end up in landfills. Instead, they are delivered or picked up and brought to the campus. Species include, redwood, ash, black acacia, pepper, silver maple, torrey pine, sycamore, pecan, elm, carrot, black oak and white oak. Once the trees reach campus, they are stored until they are milled. While there is some custom milling for special orders, generally the logs are cut into 4 quarter and 8 quarter slabs. These slabs are stored until they are placed in kilns to be dried. Once dried, in about four weeks, the wood is made available to students for their various projects and to the public. Monies raised from the sales are dedicated to assist in sustaining the program.


We have been able to create quality lumber from urban trees. In turn our students have transformed this urban wood into high quality furniture, clocks, cabinets, musical instruments and timber frame buildings. Their work has achieved recognition at the San Diego County Fair.


The program is currently staffed by a facilities manager, two sawyers, and student volunteers. These people are responsible for the entire process of transforming logs into boards. The mill operates two days a week during the school year. This year alone we have produced about 4,000 board feet of urban lumber.

Phil Goettsch
pgoettsch@palomar.edu

Dave Thomsen
dthomsen@palomar.edu

Palomar College Instructor Dave Thomsen and Phil Goettsch are Palomar's key representatives of the
Urban Forestry program.

Schedule Fall 2014 - new

Note: Not all classes are offered each semester.
The Palomar School Schedule page lists the current semester's classes.