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Statement from The Nature Conservancy on Gov. Newsom's emergency proclamation on California wildfires

Sacramento, CA

California’s wildfires are making history every year for the wrong reasons. We share the governor’s sense of urgency to address the worst and deadliest wildfires through focused community protection efforts, improved warning systems and public safety programs,” said Jay Ziegler, Director of External Affairs and Policy, The Nature Conservancy California. “We are strong supporters of California’s environmental laws, and we stand at the ready to help the state of California identify ways to streamline permitting while preserving the protections these laws provide.”

“The Governor’s approach calls for actions to reduce fuels and ignition threats around high-risk communities and engage all stakeholders in forest restoration. In fire-adapted forests, like those in the Sierra Nevada, the path is clear. We need to thin dense thickets of small trees and brush in key areas to reduce the fuels that lead to megafires and expand use of controlled burns where safe and appropriate. The accelerated effects of changing climate conditions clearly increase fire risk for communities and forests in a way that demands our attention and action.

“Our forests are at risk as never before. We need to expand our reach across landowners and watersheds through private, state, and federal partnerships. Ecological thinning and controlled burning in fire-adapted forests are proven strategies to protect these areas for nature and people. Let’s stop making history and work together in common purpose to make our communities safer and our forests more resilient.”

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