CAL FIRE's Contribution to Mitigating for Climate Change

Carbon Stabilization

California’s forests currently store over 2 billion metric tonnes of carbon.

CAL FIRE is working with partners to stabilize that carbon in healthy forests that are resilient to disturbance such as wildfire and beetle kill.

CAL FIRE uses methodology developed the with California Air Resources Board to calculate the greenhouse gas benefits of its forest management projects. Based on these calculations, projects under CAL FIRE’s Forest Health program have resulted in ## MMT of CO2e and those projects implemented by Unit Fuels Crews have resulted in  ## MMT of CO2e. 

Carbon Sequestration

Sequestering carbon in healthy forest ecosystems is a key tool in California’s fight against climate change.

CAL FIRE’s Forest Health and Vegetation Management programs thin overly dense forests so that trees do not have to compete for resources like water and nutrients; CAL FIRE's Prescribed Fire and Forest Health programs reintroduce fire to the ecosystem which helps reduce flammable fuels and maintain native species; and CAL FIRE's State Forest and Forest Legacy programs preserve forests to ensure they continue to provide for carbon sequestration,  sustainable timber production, and many other ecosystem benefits. 

Climate Adaptation

Helping forests and trees adapt to climate change is important too.

Changes in temperature, water availability, fire behavior and fog will all effect the structure and composition of forests across California.

CAL FIRE's Fire and Resource Assessment Program analyzes forest conditions and identifies alternative management and policy guidelines. At the L.A. Moran Reforestation Center, CAL FIRE grows seedlings, choosing the most appropriate seeds to reforest parts of the state that have experienced a shift in climate and therefore changed growing conditions.