Forest Climate Action Team (FCAT)
In 2006, the California State Legislature passed Assembly Bill 32, the “California Global Warming Solutions Act”. Governor Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law, requiring California to reduce greenhouse gas emission to 1990 levels by 2020. It has long been recognized that California forests will play a very important role in achieving AB 32 goals. Under the direction and leadership of Governor Jerry Brown, the Forest Climate Action Team (FCAT) was assembled in August of 2014 with the primary purpose of developing a Forest Carbon Plan by the end of 2016. FCAT is comprised of Executive level members from many of the State’s natural resources agencies, state and federal forest land managers, and other key partners directly or indirectly involved in California forestry. FCAT is under the leadership of CAL FIRE, Cal-EPA, and The Natural Resources Agency.
The Forest Carbon Plan has now been posted for public review, see below. The Public Comment period has closed. The Forest Carbon Plan will be finalized in Spring 2017.
A Public Workshop to take comment on the Draft Forest Carbon Plan was held on February 16, 2017:
The Fire Next Time Video - 4/21/2015
Tree Mortality Presentation Video - 4/21/2015
Forest Carbon Plan Outline Working Draft - 2/9/2015
Forest Carbon Plan Vision Draft - 2/9/2015
- California Forest Carbon Plan (Draft)
The Forest Carbon Plan has now been posted for public review.
- Climate Change Scoping Plan (May 2014)
Efforts to reduce GHG emissions and enhance carbon sequestration on natural and working lands...
- Climate Change and Forestry in California
California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) have focused renewed attention on California forests and the role they play in the carbon cycle.
- AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
Requires the state board to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990 to be achieved by 2020, as specified.
- California Climate Change Portal
California resources at risk.
- Safegarding California - Reducing Climate Risk
The Safeguarding California Plan augments previously identified strategies in light of advances in climate science and risk management options.
- Governor's Environmental Goals and Policy Report (still in draft, but useful nonetheless, and the over-arching document for environment and climate)
- California Climate Change Assessment