California may trim environmental review in wildfire fight
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wildland managers are starting a new effort to speed up logging and prescribed burns designed to protect communities from devastating wildfires.
An effort announced Tuesday would create a single environmental review process to cover vegetation reduction projects, fuel breaks and restoration projects. It’s a fresh start after officials scrapped an effort that began 12 years ago.
They plan to complete a new version in the next year aimed at doubling the state’s forest management efforts to a half-million acres of non-federal land each year. That’s a goal set by former Gov. Jerry Brown.
Environmental groups are critical of the new approach and say the focus should be on protecting homes from wind-driven embers.
President Donald Trump has criticized California officials for not doing a good enough job managing forests.