California EO B-52-18 - Executive Order to improve forest and community resilience to wildfire and other climate impacts
California Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-52-18 to support the state’s resilience to wildfire and other climate impacts, address extensive tree mortality, increase forests' capacity for carbon capture, and improve forest and forest fire management. Wildfires of magnitude exacerbated by drought and other climate factors are impeding the state’s efforts to mitigate GHGs - while bringing catastrophic effects onto communities, wildlife, and watershed health. The Order commits $96 million in additional state funds to: Improving Forest Management and Restoration; Providing Regulatory Relief; Reducing Barriers for Prescribed Fire; Boosting Education and Outreach to Land Owners; and for Supporting Wood Products Innovation.
This resource was featured in the May 18, 2018, ASAP Newsletter.
"Governor Jerry Brown refuses to accept another devastating wildfire season as California's "new normal." Timed with the release of the California Environmental Protection Agency's new report, Indicators of Climate Change in California, Brown signed an executive order launching an all-out offensive against the conditions enabling wildfires. In addition to calling on land managers from across the state to join the cause, he announced $96 million, in addition to the $160 million in cap-and-trade revenue that he has previously proposed spending, for forest improvements and fire protection."
The EO calls for doubling the land actively managed through vegetation thinning, controlled fires and reforestation from 250,000 acres to 500,000 acres. New programs to help promote forest health through prescribed burning will be developed, and funding will be expanded for training and other incentives to improve watershed health and climate resilience.
A Forest Management Task Force will be convened to help implement this order and its accompanying Forest Carbon Plan, which was finalized along with the passage of this Executive Order.
Publication Date: May 10, 2018
- State of California