Advocacy Platform
 
California’s forests are at extreme risk. Decades of fire suppression and lack of management —coupled with drier, hotter conditions, have resulted in the recent tree mortality epidemic and has created unhealthy,  highly flammable forests. As a result, when fires inevitably occur, they are often larger, more destructive, and difficult to control.
 

Fortunately, there are better ways to manage our forests and restore them to health. Ecologically-based thinning and controlled burns are proven, cost-effective preventative strategies for reducing the risk of high-severity wildfire, and serve as the first steps towards establishing forests that are more resilient to wildfire and other disturbances.

 

CAFWA’s unique partnership joins diverse constituencies to seek new solutions to promote proactive, science-based, and ecologically sound forest management practices that will reduce the risk of uncharacteristic, destructive megafires.

 

Destructive megafires do not discriminate what or where they burn. The impacts on our water, energy, environment, and economy are felt throughout the state, in rural and urban areas.  It is time to take a serious look at current forest management policies, to further reduce forest fuels, and to expand programs for forest health.  We must work collaboratively to accelerate the pace and scale of forest management and restoration, and we must start now—each day of delay is another day of risk.

 

CAFWA’s recommendations emphasize the importance of healthy forests by highlighting the multiple values that they provide.  These recommendations include: 

 

  • Increasing funding and creating new funding sources for forest management from federal, state, local, and private sources;

 

  • Crafting policy and legislative reforms that will promote improvements to and expansion of ecologically sound forest restoration activities; and,

 

  • Advancing monitoring and research to improve the state of scientific knowledge to better direct future land management decisions.

Advocacy Materials

CAFWA Comments on the Water Resilience Portfolio

October 18, 2019 

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Benefits of Shaded Fuel Breaks

June 10, 2019 

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Senate Bill 462 Support Letter

June 10, 2019 

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Letter to Governor Gavin Newsom

March 1, 2019 

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Letter to Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot 

March 1, 2019 

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Letter to CALFIRE Director Thom Porter 

March 1, 2019 

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Biomass Policy Recommendations

January 30, 2019

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Summary of Senate Bill 901 (Dodd, 2018): Healthy Forests 

CAFWA Recommendations for Implementation

December 18, 2018 

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State-Level Policy Recommendations

May 1, 2018

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Letter to California Congressional Delegation

Urgent Need for Congress to Address Wildfire Issues 

January 24, 2018 

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Letter to Senate Budget Sub #2/Assembly Budget Sub #3

CAL FIRE Emergency Drought Response Funds 

April 25, 2017 

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Letter to Congress Urging Wildfire Funding Fix

June 17, 2015

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S. 1875 - Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2013 - Support Letter

November 14, 2014

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Testimony to House Subcommittee on Federal Lands

April 23, 2015

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Testimony to House Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry

October 8, 2015

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Testimony to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resouces

November 17, 2015

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California Forest Watershed Alliance

1215 K Street, Suite 1650

Sacramento, CA  95814

(916) 447-4806

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