Focus on Forestlands in California

California has 33 million acres of forest land, one-third of the state’s total land area. Sixty percent of this forest is publicly owned - for example, by the USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service. The remaining 40% is privately owned. One-third of the private forest is held by timber companies; the remaining two-thirds is held by families, individuals, and tribes. Initially, the California Sub Hub will focus its forestry outreach efforts on private land owners.

Climate threats to California’s forests include heat and drought, increased fire frequency and intensity, and interacting stressors such as disease and insects. The Sub Hub is currently working on several projects related to climate adaptation in California forests, including a statewide analysis of forest exposure to climate change (by Mark Schwartz, Jim Thorne, and Andrew Holguin) and a pilot fact sheet summarizing climate-smart management options for forest land owners (led by Steve Wathen).

Please check back soon for more details. In the meantime, you can find general information at the following external websites:

Pacific Southwest Research Station (California): Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation Science

University of California | Forest Research and Outreach | California Forests.