Assembly Bill 2551 would require the Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention to establish, implement, and administer the Forest and Wildland Health Improvement and Fire Prevention Program, which is intended to promote forest and wildland health, restoration, and resilience, and improve fire prevention and preparedness throughout California. The bill would also require the Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention to take specified actions to improve forest and wildland health and resilience. After decades of fire suppression policies, there is now broad scientific consensus that fire is an essential part of California; suppressing fire has actually led to unnatural forest conditions with unsustainably high fuel loads. Droughts and climate changes have compounded the problem further. Assembly Bill 2551 improves the health and resilience of California’s forests and watersheds.

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