This spring and summer, SFL led a joint effort with partner groups including the Karuk Tribe in advocating that Congress greatly boost California’s capacity to conduct prescribed burns. Our proposal outlines a series of specific investments that lawmakers could make right now, through economic stimulus legislation, that would provide critical support to federal, state, and private burners working to restore beneficial fire to our landscapes. If implemented, the plan would restore over one million acres while creating more than 10,000 much-needed jobs over the next five years. Read more
As large wildfires continue to burn throughout California, two small, slow-moving fires in the Yosemite high country provide an important contrast to the out-of-control blazes currently threatening communities and dominating headlines. The Blue Jay and Wolf Fires—ignited by lightning in late July and early August respectively—have been burning at low intensity in the forest understory for weeks, providing an example of what wildfire can look like when allowed to play its natural role over time. Read more
As this year's fire cycle has once again driven home to us, with extreme emphasis, California must increase the pace and scale of forest thinning and burning across the Sierra Nevada in order to restore a more natural fire dynamic and our relationship to it. Some of the necessary work to plan and implement more forest treatments is underway across the Sierra Nevada. Read more
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