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Statement in support of the Governor and Legislature’s agreement to allocate $536 million for immediate fire prevention action.

One of the 2018 California wildfires.
Wildfire One of the 2018 California wildfires. © Ben Jiang /TNC Photo Contest 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) today announced a $536 million funding plan to help improve California’s resilience to wildfires.

“The Nature Conservancy strongly supports the Governor and Legislature’s agreement to allocate $536 million for immediate fire prevention action. We expect another record fire season this year, and this funding is critical to improving wildfire resilience and saving lives across California,” said Jay Ziegler, Director of External Affairs and Policy, The Nature Conservancy in California

“We also applaud the appointment of Patrick Wright as the Director of the Forest Management Task Force. The Task Force implementation of the Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan will be instrumental to proactively addressing megafires in our state.”

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