RCRC supports the prevention of fires through good forest management and appropriate use of timber harvesting and prescribed burning. RCRC advocates for reducing the regulatory hurdles to timber harvesting, vegetation management for fire prevention, and the creation of defensible space around homes. RCRC continues to advocate against fees on properties located within State Responsibility Areas (SRA) as a way to fund fire prevention or other fire-related services within California. Wildfire knows no boundaries, and funding for fire prevention and suppression should be broad-based, and statewide.
RCRC advocates strongly for increasing the pace and scale of forest management on California’s federal public lands. Most of these areas suffer from extreme overstocking of timber, creating an unhealthy forest that is susceptible to disease, insect infestation, and catastrophic wildfire. In addition, overstocked forests decrease the water availability downstream through the trees’ use, and also by preventing snowpack from reaching the ground where it can recharge groundwater and flow downstream to surface storage locations. Furthermore, large-scale wildfires destroy water quality, air quality, habitat, communities, and recreational opportunities in our forests and wildlands.
Forestry issues have long been a key advocacy issue for RCRC. From state reforms of the Timber Harvest Plan (THP) process, to leadership in advocacy on federal forestry reforms and fire funding, to the creation of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between counties and the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), RCRC’s leadership in forestry policy continues.
Staff: Staci Heaton