Restoring Health and Reducing Wildfire Threat to California's Forests
California's Forest Management Task Force was organized to protect the environmental quality, public health, and economic benefits that healthy forests provide to California. The Task Force aims to increase the rate of forest treatments and expand state wood product markets through innovation, assistance, and investment. Advancing forest health project capacity, readiness, and completion statewide aligns with the California Forest Carbon Plan, the goal of which is to establish healthy and resilient forests that can withstand and adapt to wildfire, drought, and a changing climate.
- Implement the Governor’s Executive Order B-52-18 and the recommendations of the California Forest Carbon Plan.
- Strategically coordinate the state’s investments in forest health.
- Expand and improve forest management to enhance forest health and resiliency.
- Minimize regulatory barriers for prescribed fire, forest health, and fuels reduction projects.
- Expand the use of prescribed fire across public and private ownership.
- Increase public education and awareness of the importance of forest health and resiliency to achieving California’s long-term climate, watershed, wildlife, economic, and public health goals.
- Encourage capacity building in forested communities to support implementation.
- Incentivize innovations in the forest product and building industries to utilize material from forest health and fuel reduction projects.
September 18, 2019: Climate Change Integration Team Webinar, PSW Research Station and CA Climate Hub Research Highlights
Sept. 20-21: UC Merced Symposium, Climate Change & Sierra Forests
October 8-November 6: Fall Workshop Series - Prescribed Fire on Private Lands, various locations in northern California
October 14: Forest Management Task Force, Coastal Room, CalEPA Building, Sacramento, CA
November 13-14, 2019: CA Forest Pest Council Annual Meeting, Davis, CA