2018 Forest Health Initiative

Over the past 5 years, California’s forests have been devastated by drought, bark beetle and wildfire.  In fact, we just experienced the worst wildfire season in California history and are still dealing with the loss of 129 million trees from the bark beetle epidemic. Our forests are in crisis.  They are overcrowded and unhealthy.  In order to enjoy all the benefits that they provide, it is paramount that we find a new approach to management…

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What Comes Next? Recovery after Wildfire

As California nears the end of a devastating wildfire season – one that’s charred more than 1 million acres of private, state and national forests – it’s critical that we understand the importance of whether or not to treat lands after wildfire and how these decisions affect our forested ecosystems. Although low-severity wildfire has always been an important part of California history, the explosive fires we see today are detrimental.  In the past 15 years,…

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HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS BREAKDOWN FOREST POLICY

In our ongoing efforts to support the next generation of professional foresters, Calforests partnered with Humboldt State University forestry students and asked for them to analyze three key forestry related bills that were proposed during the 2017 legislative session – AB 362 on forest health, AB 425 on fuel reduction and AB 920 on biomass.  Students divided into pairs to analyze the  impact on California forests.  Calforests and HSU Professor, Dr. Erin Kelly, chose one winning…

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Celebrating California’s Forest Products Industry

California’s sustainable forests are a resource that benefit everyone. Not only do we get clean air and water, recreation, tourism and wildlife habitat, but we also get more than 5,000 wood products that we use in our everyday lives. These products include building products like lumber, flooring, fencing, plywood and cabinets; paper products like paper towels, packaging, newspapers, signs and paper plates; cleaning products like rubber gloves, sponges, broomsticks and disinfectants; personal care products like…

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Wildfire Awareness Week Highlights California’s Concern for Forests

Wildfire Awareness Week highlights California’s forests and helps to remind us of the importance of proactively managing them to prevent wildfires and protect communities. The current state of our forests is at severe risk. We’ve experienced 5 years of extreme drought and with that came the bark beetle epidemic that has killed more than 102 million trees. Although California has declared an end to the drought, its impacts are far from over. We expect to…

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The Impacts of Black Carbon

When AB 32 was passed in 2006, along with it came a host of regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Everything from diesel regulations, to burn restrictions to renewable energy. And California has worked hard to lower its emissions under these policies. However, as we approach Wildfire Awareness Week, we must also talk about the importance of our forests in this grand plan. Our forests sequester huge amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere. …

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Building Green with Wood

Building with wood has huge environmental and economic benefits, and in a world moving toward cleaner, greener products, wood from sustainably managed forests is being hailed as one of the greenest building materials from the USDA and others. The entire life cycle of wood is green. Grown in forests certified by third party verification, California‘s forests are managed under some of the most stringent standards in the world.  Under the California Forest Practice Act, foresters…

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Humboldt State University Students Breakdown Key Forestry Bills From 2016

In our ongoing efforts to support the next generation of professional foresters, Calforests partnered with Humboldt State University forestry students and asked for them to analyze three key forestry related bills that were proposed during the 2016 legislative session – SB 859, AB 2029 and AB 1958  Students divided into pairs to analyze and summarize the purpose of each bill; what the bill proposed to change about current forest practices; supporters and opponents of the…

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What’s Next for Biomass?

Biomass power plants provide tremendous opportunity to help address some of California’s urban, agriculture and forest wood waste disposal challenges.  Yet why at a time when we need it most are so many shutting down? Just last month, we received word that California forests now have more than 102 million trees killed by bark beetle and the drought.  And those numbers are expected to increase as tree mortality marches north. As many scramble to remove…

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