Healthy forests provide the state with clean water and air, thriving wildlife habitats and sustainable locally grown wood products. Maintaining the forests is an economic driver in many areas and is the best way to safeguard communities from catastrophic wildfire. We are dedicated to working with our members and the industry to continue our commitment in promoting high environmental standards and thriving forest practices in the wood products sector. Calforests is proud to serve as a central voice for California’s forest-resource companies and communities.
The Calforests State of the Forests is an overview of the state forestry sector’s legislative priorities for 2021. Coming on the heels of several years of devastating wildfires, it is imperative that active forest management is at the forefront of our efforts to mitigate the risks of what has evolved into year-long fire seasons. Please take a moment to review the State of the Forests.
Calforests is the premier advocacy organization representing the forestry sector in California. Our diverse membership of landowners, loggers, registered professional foresters, wholesalers, retailers, wood products manufacturers, and others who are interested in responsible forest policy in California. Association members are given the opportunity to stay abreast of important issues facing the forestry sector and to take an active role in protecting and enhancing California’s forests through advocacy.
Calforests acts as your eyes, ears and voice on issues affecting forestry in California. While you are at work doing what you do best, state and federal legislative bodies and regulatory agencies have the power to make changes that could affect the way forests are managed in our state. Calforests membership ensures your interests will be represented when these decisions are made by listening to your concerns and advocating on your behalf.
Our advocates work to promote legislation that protects and furthers the operational and economic interests of the forest products industry. From sponsoring legislation that enhances the viability of the forest products industry to defeating legislation that seeks to harm it, advocacy is the single most critical tool we employ on behalf of our members. On a daily basis, our advocates work closely with the Governor’s Office, State Legislators and their staff, and state agencies and departments to achieve the association’s policy goals.
State agencies, boards, and commissions – which include the California Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Agencies, the Department and Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife – maintain a substantial degree of control over the rules and regulations governing the forest products industry and our specialists work with them to ensure the industry’s voice is heard and concerns are addressed.
California is home to 33 million acres of forestlands, but 19 million – of nearly 60% – of those lands fall under the purview of federal agencies, including the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service. As such, our public resources staff coordinates forest management efforts and works collaboratively with the federal government on policy issues that arise.