Watch: The Human Health Benefits of Improving Forest Health in California

September 22, 2023 | , ,  

Watch: The Human Health Benefits of Improving Forest Health in California

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With health impacts from wildfire smoke estimated to be one of the largest costs of wildfires, a new study from CCST and Blue Forest shows that improving the health of California’s forests can not only reduce the risk of wildfire, it can also benefit people’s health. In this briefing, authors and Steering Committee members present the report findings, conclusions, and recommendations with slides and Q&A.

The report is introduced by CCST CEO Amber Mace, PhD, and Blue Forest Co-Founder and Chief Scientist Phil Saksa, PhD. Download the report one pager below featuring takeaways and recommendations by chapter.

Report Presentation by:

Jennifer Montgomery
Report Steering Committee Chair
Ret. California County and State Government

Teresa Feo, PhD
Lead Project Manager and Author

Kimberly Quesnel Seipp, PhD
Project Manager and Author
Blue Forest

Signe Stroming
Blue Forest

Kirsten Hodgson
Contributing Author
Blue Forest

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The California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature in 1988. CCST responds to the Governor, the Legislature, and other State entities who request independent assessment of public policy issues affecting the State of California relating to science and technology. CCST engages leading experts in science and technology to advise state policymakers—ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.

Blue Forest is an innovative climate finance non-profit that addresses pressing environmental challenges by developing ecological investment opportunities. As part of that work, Blue Forest works on research and development to demonstrate the environmental, economic, social, and cultural outcomes of ecosystem restoration interventions, motivates new and traditional sources of funding to implement restoration projects, and finances long-term commitments to increase the pace and scale of restoration. In partnership with the US Forest Service and the World Resources Institute, a particular area of focus is forest restoration in the western U.S. to address the catastrophic wildfire challenge.

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