In Governor Newsom's afternoon update on April 28, he laid out the steps and indicators that are needed to begin reopening the state, with different businesses being able to reopen in different stages. Most importantly he indicated that some movement will be possible in "weeks not months."
Attached is a handout that shows Governor Newsom's plan for opening in stages as follows:
Stage 1: NOW
Safety and preparedness (essential workplaces safe)
Stage 2: WEEKS NOT MONTHS
Low risk workplaces (childcare and schools - earlier school year July/August, retail, manufacturing, offices, parks, trails)
Stage 3: MONTHS NOT WEEKS
Higher risk workplaces (nail, hair, gyms and spas, sporting without audiences, movie theaters, churches, weddings)
Stage 4: LONGER TIME FRAME
End of stay at home orders (concerts, convention centers, live audience events)
Actions needed to get from Stage 1 to 2 "weeks not months"
General actions needed:
- Government action (reducing risk, policies that allow people to stay home when sick)
- Business actions (wage replacement, workplace adaptation)
Specific actions needed:
- Hospitalization and ICU trends remain stable
- Hospital surge to meet demand
- Sufficient PPE (personal protective equipment)
- Sufficient testing
- Contact tracing capacity statewide
- Transition to stage 2 will occur through a STATEWIDE modification to the stay at home order.
Articles of Interest
- (4/17/20) - You may have to subscribe to read this one.
Los Angeles Times - In the redwoods, logging and tree sitting continue, even as the pandemic shuts mills
- (4/15/ 20)
Capitol Public Radio - Pandemic And Wildfire: California Is Preparing For A Crisis Within A Crisis
Reuters - Trump administration halts wildfire prevention tool in California over coronavirus
Appellate Decision on WFMP Case
Good News -- Exemptions and NTMPs
CAL FIRE has reversed its policy change regarding the acceptance of exemptions for NTMPs. Please refer to the link below to view the letter from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Ken Pimlott) to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Keith Gilless).
Should you have any questions, please send an email to the FLC Legislative Committee at email@example.com.
Letter and Supporting Content from CAL FIRE to Board of Forestry
Legislative Committee Assignments
Public Policy Institute of California
The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) issued a report in mid-September on the status of forest health in the Headwaters Forests. On September 20, there was a panel debriefing on the report. Click on the links below to download the documents.
If you are interested in wathcing the panel debrief, the video is posted on the PPIC's website: