California Forestry Association President Rich Gordon released the following statement in regards to the Little Hoover Commission’s report Fire on the Mountain: Rethinking Forest Management in the Sierra Nevada released today.
“We support the Little Hoover Commission’s findings that forest health is paramount to all Californians, said Rich Gordon, president and CEO of the California Forestry Association.
“Healthy forests provide us with clean air and water; wildlife habitat; clean energy; sustainable wood products and green economies – making their management crucial to protecting our health and safety.
“That’s why our members, who represent more than four million acres of privately held forestlands are being proactive in their approach. Our members manage their forestlands in a way that protects both our environment and economy. But they can’t do it alone.
“Drought, disease and wildfire, have no boundaries ‑‑ making it important that everyone from small to large landowners, state and federal lands, work collaboratively across jurisdictional boundaries to protect one of our most precious natural resources.
“Our members’ forestlands should serve as an example of what a healthy forest looks like. One that provides proper spacing to reduce disease and wildfire risk; one that thins out the forest to foster diverse wildlife habitat and recreation; and one that harvests timber in a sustainable manner.
That’s why, the California Forestry Association is working on its’ 2018 Forest Health Initiative, which provides solutions to managing California’s forests and all that they have to offer.”