Approach

Focus on fire adaptation 

  • Identify and amplify awareness of fire hazard threats under current and future climate conditions
  • Promote the use of forestry as a tool to help reduce fire risk
  • Facilitate the development of local, county and regional planning to address fire protection
  • Work to obtain greater resources for protection of assets from wildfire risk

Promote forest thinning

  • Amplify the benefits of forest thinning, including:
    • Lower risk of wildfire, which has impacted over 4.5 million acres of California forests with suppression costs of $1.2 billion per year on average over the past five years
    • Reduced threats of wildfire emissions and loss of forest carbon storage
    • Improved forest stand health, including greater resiliency to disease and pest outbreaks
    • Improved wildlife habitat

Increase biomass utilization

  • Explore and promote opportunities for the use of wood byproducts from needed fire hazard reduction projects for biomass energy production in the Sierra
  • Understand and amplify the benefits of biomass energy for the Sierra, including economic growth and avoided emissions from wildfire and open-pile burning

Promote urban forestry investments

  • Amplify the benefits of urban forestry, including reduced heat island effects and improved air and water quality