February 20, 2019
Capturing carbon improves wildfire threat
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Governor Brown has handed down an executive order that he claims will improve the health of the state’s forests and help mitigate the threat and impacts of deadly and destructive wildfires.

The order issued Thursday aims to combat tree mortality, increase the ability of the state’s forests to capture carbon and improve forest management.

Key elements of the order include:

• Doubling the land actively managed through vegetation thinning, controlled fires and reforestation from 250,000 acres to 500,000 acres.

• Launching new training and certification programs to help promote forest health through prescribed burning.

• Boosting education and outreach to landowners on the most effective ways to reduce vegetation and other forest-fire fuel sources on private lands.

• Streamlining permitting for landowner-initiated projects that improve forest health and reduce forest-fire fuels on their properties.

• Supporting the innovative use of forest products by the building industry.

• Expanding grants, training and other incentives to improve watersheds.
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