Forests both in California and abroad are a key contributor to the climate change problem. New data shows that California’s forests may be a net source of GHG emissions. Meanwhile, tackling tropical deforestation must be one of the key strategies to reduce global climate change. California has a responsibility to both address its own forests, as well as catalyze change in forest management in places like the Amazon Basin and Indonesia.
California should continue working towards net carbon sequestration in its forest sector, and find opportunities to reduce emissions at the intersection of forests, energy and water. This includes improving forest management, increasing urban forests, conserving forests (especially big, old ones), and reducing long-term wildfire risk. In addition, the state should continue to pursue the use of sustainable biomass as an alternative energy fuel source.
Read about the work of California Governor Brown’s Forest Climate Action Team here.