By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer
The state is struggling with the growing threat of a year-round wildfire season, some of it fueled by unhealthy forests.
Randy Moore of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, who oversees federal forests in California, told the Sacramento Bee that his agency is working on “increasing the pace and scale of ecological restoration – this includes thinning dense areas to promote healthy forests that are more resilient to wildfires, drought and bark beetle outbreaks.”
California’s governor Gavin Newsom has called for $1 billion to aid forest management over the next five years. Last year’s tree death count was an estimated 18 million. This count is lower than in previous years, which has encouraged state and federal forest officials.