Tree Mortality Task Force Unveils New Mapping Tool
January 12, 2017
The Tree Mortality Task Force met earlier this week. The group, which is led by the Governor’s Office, Cal Fire, and Cal OES, was created last year upon the Governor’s declaration of an emergency related to tree mortality.
At the January meeting, the Mapping and Monitoring Working Group announced the rollout of a tree mortality viewer. This map illustrates tree mortality surveys, high hazard zones, treatment projects related to the removal of dead trees, state and local assets for communications, transportation, utilities, and recreation, and other elements like parcels, county boundaries, watersheds, biomass facilities, insect and disease areas, and more. Counties can reach out to the group to submit county projects for inclusion on the tool.
Also of note: the Regulations Working Group is hosting a workshop on February 9 in Sacramento about insurance and the legal requirements and responsibilities, including what counties can do to support constituents. CSAC will share additional information as it becomes available.
Other working groups, including public outreach, bioenergy, resource allocation, forest health and resilience, and market development also provided updates. A group focusing on assistance for landowners will be reforming and reconstituting itself to better focus on the issue and ways that the public sector can engage. Finally, the Governor’s proposed budget includes additional general fund dollars for expanded fire protection for the 2017 fire season, and additional California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA) funding for counties to aid local agencies in the removal of dead and dying trees – a positive step forward.