Seeing the Forest through the Trees: Thinning Can Safeguard Forests and Communities

Finally, California has taken note that our forests are in dire need of help.  With the death of more than 29 million trees and hundreds of thousands of acres burned by wildfire, Governor Jerry Brown took action in October by issuing an Emergency Proclamation and creating the Tree Mortality Task Force, which has begun to address the dangers of unhealthy forests. As we work to find solutions across the political landscape, we must take a…

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Calforests comments on CPUC biomass resolution

In response to the Governor’s proclamation on tree mortality, on February 5, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a draft resolution, E-4770, which seeks to authorize biomass procurement in high hazard zones. Although Calforests agrees with the concept of a resolution to increase biomass energy capacity, the resolution does not go far enough to truly implement the Governor’s emergency proclamation, nor his 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan.  Below is a summary of our comments on…

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Humboldt State University Students Breakdown Key Forestry Bills from 2015

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 Assembly Bills that were proposed during the 2015 legislative session ‑‑ AB 417, AB 429 and AB 590.  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…

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Now is the time to invest in our forests and California can lead the way

On the heels of the UN Climate Conference in Paris, a deal was struck between nations to keep the impact of climate change to below 2 degrees Celsius. As a subnational government, California has taken a lead in reducing climate change since the passage of AB 32 in 2006.  Since then, Governor Brown has set aggressive goals to reduce emissions by 40% below 1990 levels and has called for the State to use 50% of…

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Healthy Forests Provide Communities with Significant Environmental Benefits

On October 30, 2015, the Governor moved forward with plans to improve forest health and reduce the risk to rural communities by issuing his Emergency Declaration to address the unprecedented issue of tree mortality in California.  He cited more than 22 million trees that have already died due to the drought and we know there are millions more in severe stress, not to mention those that have died from wildfire.  Heading into our fourth year…

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Celebrate National Forest Products Week

California forests provide an abundance of both environmental and economic benefits to this State. And we’re proud to stand with President Obama and Assemblyman Brian Dahle in our support of National Forest Products Week recognizing the importance of our forests. With more than 33 million acres of federal, state and private forestlands, California relies on the health of our forests to provide us with clean air and water. In fact, our forests absorb millions of…

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As California’s Wildfire Season Continues, It’s Time to Focus on Forest Health

The fires California has seen this year, coupled with the state's extreme drought, are pushing many forests past their threshold of sustainability. Fires are devouring land and homes at "mind boggling speed." Those fighting the Valley Fire have said the "fire moved faster than any other in California's recent past," consuming 40,000 acres in less than 12 hours. Given the devastating effect fires of this scale are having on California's environment, our state must take…

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How Severe Fires Impact Our Soil

California’s forestland has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of high-intensity forest fires. In the past few years, the acreage of severely burned landscape has increased from an average of 20 percent to more than 30 percent since the mid-1980s. Severe high-intensity fires can destroy the foundation of a…

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California’s Rural Counties Urge Forest Management Policy Reform

The ongoing drought, the continued mismanagement of public forestlands, and the nonsensical funding formula for fire prevention and suppression have led to a year-round wildfire season in California.  As representatives of California’s rural counties, RCRC continues to lead the charge on advocating for the reconsideration of forest management policy. In addition to the economic and environmental destruction caused by catastrophic wildfires, recent studies are now pointing to wildfires as a major cause of Greenhouse Gas…

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