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Forest Action Plan

Fostering healthy forests and communities in a changing world

Forests, rangelands, and urban forests contribute greatly to the quality of life enjoyed by all Californians. They provide vital resources and services including timber, livestock grazing, water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and biomass fuels.

Many small rural communities rely on these lands for their economic livelihood. However, threats to forest health from catastrophic wildfire, insects, disease and development are increasing due to climate change and population growth. Urban forestry can help mitigate climate change and improve local conditions and quality of life. The Assessment and Strategy documents review major issues facing California’s forests, and describe strategies to foster healthy ecosystems and communities in this era of unprecedented changes.


Best Management Practices

California’s best management practices (BMPs) program is regulatory. The agencies responsible for BMPs policy development are CAL FIRE and the Department of Pesticide Regulation.

Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.

Download the program survey results to view implementation rates and the full research findings.

California Forestry Publications

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