Governor Newsom Joins Vice President Harris in Highlighting Federal State Investments and Actions to Build Wildfire Resilience

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$600 million in new federal funding to support California wildfire recovery efforts, additional funding for state projects that mitigate wildfire risk

California Blueprint is proposing an additional $1.2 billion as part of a total multi-year package of $2.7 billion to boost wildfire preparedness

New 10-year federal strategy aligns with Governor’s wildfire and forest resiliency action plan

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY – Governor Gavin Newsom today joined Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on a visit to the San Bernardino National Forest to highlight new federal funding for wildfire recovery and mitigation efforts and discuss state and federal collaboration to address the wildfire crisis. , complementing California’s bold investments and ongoing work to build statewide wildfire resilience. The California Blueprint is proposing an additional $1.2 billion as part of a total multi-year package of $2.7 billion to intensify forest management and other projects to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the amid extreme climate impacts in the West.

“California is on the front lines of the climate crisis, experiencing record heat waves, wildfire seasons and droughts. We are fortunate to have the Biden-Harris administration’s partnership to address this existential challenge head-on,” Governor Newsom said. “Our state is leading the country with transformative investments and innovative strategies to protect Californians and the environment. We look forward to our continued collaboration with the federal government to scale up this vital work, and I thank VP Harris for his leadership in this area.

Vice President Harris today announced $1.3 billion in federal funding for wildfire and hurricane recovery in states across the country, including $600 million to support communities in California hard hit by recent wildfires with efforts to clean up, reforest, restore watersheds and repair infrastructure. Additionally, the Vice President announced more than $48 million in funding for Joint Chief’s Landscape Restoration Partnership projects — including four in California — that mitigate catastrophic wildfire risk and help create resilient landscapes. climate, protect water quality and improve wildlife habitat.

In the San Bernardino National Forest, Governor Newsom joins Vice President Harris and Secretary Vilsack in highlighting the state’s federal action to build wildfire resilience.

Today’s announcements build on the Biden-Harris administration’s recently released 10-year strategy, which aligns with the governor’s decision Action plan against forest fires and forest resilience. The strategy calls on the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to dramatically expand forest health fuels and treatments, prioritizing high-risk areas, including California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. Joint management between the state and federal government is crucial to the overall health of California’s forests and wildfire resilience, as the federal government owns 57% of California’s forest land, while the state in owns 3%.

After an aerial tour of the fire scars of the 2020 El Dorado Fire and Apple Fire, Governor, Vice President and Secretary Vilsack joined officials including Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) at the USFS Del Rosa Fire Station for a briefing by state and federal firefighters. USFS Chief Randy Moore, USFS Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien, California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot, and Acting CAL FIRE Director Michael Richwine provided an overview of the fire outlook for this year, from the ongoing effects of drought and extreme weather conditions that are leading to catastrophic wildfires in the West we

Building on the Governor’s previous budget investments in emergency management and executive action to help fight catastrophic wildfires, the California Blueprint proposes an additional $1.2 billion as part of a total multi-year investment $2.7 billion to intensify forest management and other projects to reduce catastrophic wildfires. risk. The Blueprint also includes $648 million for firefighters and firefighting equipment, including new fire hawks and helitankers. In addition, a proposed $175.2 million, as part of a planned investment of $1.1 billion over the next five years, will fund major capital projects, including the replacement of barracks fire departments and upgrades to accommodate CAL FIRE’s new fleet of helicopters and aircraft.

In 2020, the Newsom administration and the US Forest Service announced a shared stewardship agreement under which they strive to treat one million acres of forest and wilderness each year to reduce the risk of fire. of catastrophic forest. Last year, the Governor launched an expanded and refocused Forest and Wildfire Resilience Task Force with federal, local and tribal leaders to deliver on key commitments in his Forest Resilience Action Plan. and forest fires. Additional information about the California Blueprint’s proposals to advance state climate leadership and protect communities from wildfires, drought, extreme heat and carbon pollution is available here.

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