Statement from The Nature Conservancy on the California Budget and Funding for Fires and Forest Management
SACRAMENTO, CA | May 11, 2018
Jay Ziegler, Director of External Affairs & Policy at The Nature Conservancy in California made the following statement after Gov. Jerry Brown released the May revision to the California budget:
“By investing in forest health, we can reduce high-intensity megafires, protect our air quality and water sources, and fight climate change. Governor Brown has called on California to treat 500,000 acres of California forest each year to reduce fire risk, a bold and necessary move given the magnitude and urgency of the problem.
Today’s budget revision paves the way, but we urge our California legislative leaders to increase funding in three key areas: ecologically-based forest thinning and prescribed fire to reduce vegetation and bring our forests back to health; projects and partnerships that encourage large-scale forest restoration across private and public land managers, and innovations in wood product markets to upcycle vegetation that needs removal and provide economic benefit.
Forests are essential to curbing climate change and by funding programs to restore forest health, California will continue to lead on climate change.”
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