WE NEED HEALTHY FORESTS
From the northern California border to the far reaches of San Bernardino, one-third of California is forestland—that’s approximately 33 million acres. Our forests contain over four billion trees!
Every Californian benefits from a healthy forest, and here’s why:
- CLEAN AIR AND WATER: Forests provide oxygen and increase the quantity and quality of water from our watersheds.
- CARBON STORAGE: Forests serve as the state’s largest land-based carbon sink, which means the trees, shrubs and soil soak up carbon, keeping it from rising and trapping heat in the atmosphere.
- CLIMATE CHANGE: Active forest management will help create healthier, more resilient forests that are better suited for a changing climate.
- WILDLIFE HABITAT: Animals use different parts of the forest for food, shelter and protection and thrive in a healthy forest.
- RECREATION: Forests are great for hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and photography.
- ECONOMIC BENEFITS: Well-managed forests can provide jobs to rural and urban communities.
- REDUCES WILDFIRE RISK: Actively managing forests helps slow wildfires and reduce severity.