Kenneth Schrupp outlines why California should invest in forest management in The Orange County Register.
- California’s newly-introduced emissions reductions plan will likely fail if it does not address its faulty forest management policies, which have exasperated wildfires in the state.
- Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) it can take more than 4 years on average for a mechanical thinning or prescribed burn project to receive a permit and be completed.
- While it is up to the federal government to address NEPA-related delays, California lawmakers should look to modernize state regulations, empower property owners, and update aging infrastructure to reduce wildfire risk.
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