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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California Forest Center Events

California Forest Center 2015 Events A 1-acre urban forest dedicated to educating Californians about the benefits of sustainable forests.  Learn how forests provide wildlife habitats, clean air, clean water and renewable resources, and how we can help reduce the risk of wildfire.  Walk our nature path to learn about trees and wildlife.  Make a craft out of wood and take the Healthy Forest Challenge to receive your free tree seedling.   Schedule of Events Healthy…

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New Pilot Program Helps Landowners Thin Forests, Improve Forest Health

With California experiencing increasing temperatures, a historic number of wildfires and a fourth straight year of drought, danger is just one spark away.  Worse still, a century of misguided federal forest fire management practices have prioritized fire suppression, which in turn has decreased forest health and increased the chance of…

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Wildfire Season is Here

California welcomed the first week of summer with exploding wildfires throughout the state. Increasing temperatures partnered with the on-going drought created perfect conditions for wildfires and will continue to do so for the rest of the season. Californians can expect future wildfire seasons to continue to grow in severity and…

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California Receives an Infusion of Grants for Biomass Energy Research and Development

It’s not news that California’s dry conditions – both due to the drought and increasing heat – have resulted in an increase in wildfires. Removing small trees and dead wood waste, known as biomass, from our forests is a proven technique to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires and can be a great source of renewable energy. According to the California Biomass Energy Alliance, California biomass plants dispose of an estimated 8 million tons of…

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Volunteer with The Forest Foundation at the State Fair!

Are you dedicated to keeping California's forests healthy? If so, we need your help again at The California Forest Center - our one-acre forest exhibit - to teach Californians about the value of sustainable forests. We need volunteers to help make this year's exhibit at the California State Fair a success. The Fair will be held from July 10 through July 26, 2015. This is our biggest opportunity to educate the public about the multiple…

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Taking Care of Trees During A Drought

California is in our fourth year of drought and summer is just around the corner. A drought could cause terrible results for trees across the state. Water shortages in trees have an adverse effect on many of the tree's health and growth processes. Severe water stress will injure trees – some…

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