California received $70 million dollars in funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that was supposed to help communities affected by wildfire. Instead of using this money to assist people in communities where many homes were lost during recent fires (like Paradise or Santa Rosa), California is planning to use these funds to subsidizing destructive logging in a remote area of National Forest that burned in the 2013 Rim Fire.
Spending millions of dollars on the so-called “Rim Fire Restoration Project” would not only deprive at-risk communities of funds they need to become fire-safe
Governor Newsom should step-in and change direction. This flawed project should be withdrawn and the $70 million in HUD funds should be redirected to help fire-impacted communities, such as Paradise, recover and rebuild in fire-safe ways. Research shows that the most effective way to protect homes from inevitable wildland fires is through retrofits such as fire-resistant roofing and placing fine-mesh screens over vents to repel the wind-borne embers that are responsible for most home ignitions during wildfires. This is a more appropriate and effective use of the HUD funds, which will benefit communities and the environment instead of failing both.
Action Needed: Please call Governor Newsom’s public comment line at 916-445-2841 (press “6” to speak to a secretary) and urge him to “Please withdraw the Rim fire Clearcuts-for-Kilowatts scheme”, and instead use the $70 million HUD disaster-relief grant to help the towns like Paradise recover from the