CALIFORNIA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S PLAN TO CURB CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES

SACRAMENTO – The California Forestry Association (Calforests) today issued the following statement from its President and CEO, Rich Gordon, following the release of Governor Newsom’s plan to address wildfires in California: “We applaud Governor Newsom for taking a decidedly proactive approach to addressing our state’s wildfire epidemic. The Governor’s plan is both thoughtful and comprehensive and sets the stage for the critical discussions about wildfire preparedness that will take place at the State Capitol over…

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CALIFORNIA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2019 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

SACRAMENTO – The California Forestry Association (Calforests) today announced its sponsorship of a legislative package that enhances state forest management practices, increases wildfire reduction efforts, and levels the playing field for victims when they seek damages from wildfires. “California is now home to a year-long wildfire season that demands a proactive approach to forest management, wildfire reduction, and protection of the rights of wildfire victims,” said Rich Gordon, President of Calforests. “The unfortunate reality is…

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California Forestry Association’s Statement on Little Hoover Commission’s Report on Forest Health

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…

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Diverse voices respond to increased tree mortality

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today, the U.S. Forest Service announced that tree mortality in California has killed 129 million trees, up 27 million from this time last year.  In response to the increased tree mortality numbers, the California Forest Watershed Alliance released the following statement: “These growing tree mortality numbers are not a surprise given the current state of California’s public forestlands.  They are however devastating to the landscape, threatening public resources and local communities.  This…

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California Forestry Association Hires Former Assembly Member Rich Gordon as New President and CEO

California Forestry Association (Calforests) Chairman Arne Hultgren announced today that former Assemblyman Rich Gordon has been named its new President and CEO, effective July 17, 2017.   “We’ve worked with Rich for years and are pleased to have him join our Association. We’re confident his leadership and policy experience will continue to create great policy results for California and for our membership,” said Chairman Hultgren.   Gordon brings more than 20 years of public service…

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San Francisco Chronicle: Turn dead trees into electricity

By David Bischel and Paul Wenger: California’s wildfire season is off to a ferocious start. Fueled by overcrowded forests that are dry from drought and by more than 66 million drought-killed trees, it’s important that California consider how we as a state can safely and efficiently deal with disposing of the excess wood. So far this year, California wildfires have burned more than 193,000 acres. We have more than 66 million trees killed from the…

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San Diego Union Tribune: Dead forest trees threaten public safety

By David Bischel & Jeff Bowman: State officials and forest owners say the current tree mortality epidemic that has killed more than 66 million trees statewide (with millions more at risk), significantly increases the risk of wildfire and call it an immediate threat to public health and safety. The tree mortality epidemic we are experiencing is a combination of overcrowded forests and five years of drought, which weakens the trees’ natural defense mechanism and makes…

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