31 Jan CALFORESTS ISSUES STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S 2020-21 STATE BUDGET
SACRAMENTO – The California Forestry Association (Calforests) today released the following statement on behalf of its President and CEO, Rich Gordon, following the release of Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020-2021 State Budget:
“Since day one of his administration, Governor Newsom has exhibited an acute understanding of not only the devastating threat wildfires pose to large swaths of California, but also the extent to which we must work to reverse outdated and counterproductive approaches to forestry management. His latest budget proposal builds on the strong foundation he laid last year by beefing up the ranks at CALFIRE, examining more closely the role technology can play in our mitigation efforts, and continuing the $200 million annual allocation for critical fuel reduction projects.
“For the past 100 years, fire suppression efforts led to densely overgrown forests, a problem that has only been exacerbated by the effects of climate change. Governor Newsom is on the right path to stem this tide and we appreciate his leadership in continuing to raise awareness of and commit resources to what is arguably California’s most significant public safety threat.”
The California Forestry Association (Calforests) is the statewide trade association that consists of forest owners, forest products producers and forestry professionals committed to sustainable forestry and responsible stewardship of our renewable natural resources through environmentally sound policies and conservation practices. The forest sector is a significant contributor to our state’s environmental and economic well-being. To find out more about Calforests, please visit calforests.org.