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Board of Forestry tours vegetation management projects in SLO

Posted at 7:15 PM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 21:02:53-04

The Board of Forestry and Fire Protection Board toured several vegetation management projects in San Luis Obispo to observe multiple vegetation management projects throughout the county.

The board heard from local experts about how the California Vegetation Treatment Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (CalVTP) is helping the Department of Forestry, CAL FIRE and other local state partners keep the area safe and how it is decreasing the risk of a massive wildfire.

The Board of Forestry said increasing population and changing climate has contributed to larger and more deadly fires. It said 15 of the 20 most destructive wildfires have happened since 2000, 10 of those occurred after 2015.

As a way to prevent deadly fires, the board said California is increasing the pace and scale of prescribed burns and other vegetation treatments to help minimize wildfire risk.