USDA on the Benefits of Salvage Logging

Whether or not salvage logging is an effective and environmentally friendly forest management tool has been debated. A recent U.S. Forest Service study however, reveals that harvesting dead trees post wildfire for up to 40 years after the wildfire is an effective measure to manage forest fuels. The study, which…

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Watersheds At High Risk for Wildfires

Next week is the official start of wildfire season and our forestland continues to be in extreme threat of catastrophic wildfires.  As many Californians know, our forests are home to millions of trees, wildlife and many homes. So when a wildfire tears through hundreds of thousands of acres like it…

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AB 590: More funding for biomass and improving forest health

A report released by the University of California, Berkeley and the National Park Service reveals that wildfire and deforestation are contributing more than expected to the State’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). This new finding may make meeting GHG reductions under AB 32 more difficult since these emissions were never accounted for when establishing the original baseline. California has more than 33 million acres of forestland – storing an estimated 850 million tons of carbon just…

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AB 429: Calforests sponsors bill to promote sustainably grown wood products

  The legislative session is well underway. This year Calforests is sponsoring AB 429 with one of our Legislators of the Year, Assemblymember Dahle. AB 429 seeks to require state agencies to purchase wood and wood products harvested under the Z'Berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act given that price, fitness and quality are equal. The bill, recognizing the environmental, recreational and economic contribution forests provide to our state, would replace the general practice for state agencies to…

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Growing Focus on Healthy Headwaters

New Reports from ACWA, TNC and SNC Released  Recently, The Nature Conservancy and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) have released reports calling for restoration efforts in our forestland, particularly in the Sierra Nevada, to decrease the chance for mega-fires and increase water supply. The Sierra Nevada provides enough drinking water for 23 million people and is home to approximately two-thirds of California's water.   By increasing restoration to California's forests through mechanical thinning…

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Wildfires Affect Water Quality Years After They Happen

As California’s historic drought continues, every year brings stories of catastrophic wildfires destroying thousands of acres of forestland. Normally, stories discuss how families have to flee their homes and the property damage and loss of life associated with the fires. What isn’t discussed, however, is the long-term effects of these…

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Celebrate International Forest Day!

International Forest Day is tomorrow (Mar.21) and is a day to grow awareness of the importance of all types of forests throughout the globe.  While the California Forestry Association promotes the social, economic and environmental benefits of our 33 million acres of forestland throughout California, in honor of International Forest…

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Thank You for Making the Calforests Annual Meeting a Great Success

Last week, the association held our Annual Meeting in Napa, which resulted in an all-time high attendance, insight full discussions and fantastic reception and awards dinner. Joining us were most of the leadership and key staff of the agencies, departments and partnerships esstential to improving our forestlands.  During the two-day…

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