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County Expertise Highlighted at Forest Management Task Force Meeting

During the latest State’s Forest Management Task Force meeting, Mariposa County Supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe was featured in a roundtable of local leaders who shared their views on how to improve alignment of regulatory programs between multiple environmental agencies and the best ways to create complimentary sources of revenue for local forest health projects.

The meeting included presentations highlighting the challenges of current systems from local non-profit groups that have had success in funding, permitting, and managing local forest health projects including the Pit River Conservation District, Northcoast Resource Partnership, and The Watershed Center.

Co-chaired by key agency leaders from the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, Cal Fire and a representative from the Governor’s office, the Task Force is charged with protecting the environmental quality, public health, and economic benefits that healthy forests provide to California. The Task Force aims to increase the rate of forest treatments and expand state wood product markets while working to advance both the California Forest Carbon Plan and elements of the Governor’s Executive Order B-52-18 which aims combat dangerous tree mortality, increase the ability of forests to capture carbon and systematically improve forest management.

Members of the Task Force also include other state, local, tribal and federal agencies that have land management, funding and/or permitting responsibilities for forest lands in the state. CSAC will continue to monitor the Task Force meetings and provide updates as appropriate. Learn more about the Forest Management Task Force here.

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