Please help us continue the lawsuit we filed on January 28, 2020 to protect 10 million acres of priceless native habitat in California that Cal Fire is targeting for clearance under the guise of fire protection. Through the use of herbicides, huge grinding machines, unnatural fire, and soil disturbance, Cal Fire plans to clear a half million acres per year of important carbon absorbing habitat already threatened by climate change.
By focusing exclusively on clearing habitat across the landscape, Cal Fire is not addressing the main causes for loss of life and property from wildland fire – flammable homes placed on flammable terrain.
Blaming Nature for our own ignornance will only end up destroying the natural environment we depend on.
Despite the fact that 87% of the destruction of homes in 2017 and 2018 was caused by only six wind-driven wildfires (out of a total of approximately 16,000 fires), Cal Fire is doubling down on its failed strategy of focusing on wildland fires that pose the least risk.
The habitat clearance plan is a massive taxpayer boondoggle, it wastes hundreds of millions of dollars on ineffective measures.
Our lawsuit challenges Cal Fire’s California Vegetation Treatment Program (VTP). Among other things, our lawsuit addresses not only how the Program is misguided, but prevents objective oversight - Cal Fire is free to clear any native shrubland and forest it sees fit. The public can not object to a destructive project. The Program employs techniques that increase the rate of fire spread, facilitate the movement of embers, and allow for increased wind speeds, all of which endanger homes and communities.
We, the California Chaparral Institute, Endangered Habitats League, and Sequoia ForestKeeper are calling on Governor Newsom, the California Board of Forestry, and Cal Fire to retract their proposal and work collaboratively with all interested parties to create a comprehensive wildfire risk reduction program that will actually protect lives and property from the fires that cause all the damage, reduce fire suppression costs, reduce carbon in the atmosphere, and preserve fragile, native habitats already threatened by climate change.
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Additional details on the Cal Fire habitat clearance plan can be found here: