Today, I had the opportunity to attend the regional Four Forests Restoration Initiative (4-FRI) Stakeholders meeting. 4-FRI’s objective is reduce fuel loads in our national forest to reduce catastrophic fire risk and use the harvested wood to drive local economic development.
A major challenge is that the industries that purchase and process the cut trees to make electricity and wood products have a really tough time when the federal government takes a long time to make decisions that affect wood available to the industries. These industries have to plan on 10-20 year horizons, yet governmental leases are much shorter term. There is currently no clear pathway to resolve this, and with your help to become a County Board of Supervisor, I will work to resolve this conundrum.