SACRAMENTO – The California Forestry Association (Calforests) today issued the following statement from its President and CEO, Rich Gordon, after Governor Newsom released his May Revise:
“Since he came into office, Governor Newsom has regularly discussed the need for greater investment in California’s efforts to combat year-long wildfires. His May Revise is yet another clear indication that he means what he says.
“Our industry applauds his proposals to (1) increase funding for the implementation of the Wildfire Prevention and Recovery Legislative Package (SB 901), (2) provide the resources to accelerate and complete the previously announced 35 priority fuel reduction projects identified through CAL FIRE, and (3) provide additional funding to the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection for certifying the Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the California Vegetation Treatment Program, a move that will ultimately increase forest management treatments from 250,000 to 500,000 acres per year on non-federal forest lands.
“We look forward to working with Governor Newsom to ensure that California’s forests are managed effectively in order to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.”
The California Forestry Association (Calforests) is the statewide trade association that consists of forest owners, forest products producers and forestry professionals committed to sustainable forestry and responsible stewardship of our renewable natural resources through environmentally sound policies and conservation practices. The forest sector is a significant contributor to our state’s environmental and economic well-being. To find out more about Calforests, please visit calforests.org.