New law will help with California forest management

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California has seen the most destructive wildfire seasons on record this year. 

Last year, it was a similar situation in Napa County and across the state. 

Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 901, a wildfire bill meant to help ease destructive wildfires.

The bill would change the state’s logging rules, allowing land owners to cut down large trees and build temporary roads as a way to thin the forest and prevent widespread wildfires.

Landowners would be allowed to cut trees up to 36 inches in diameter on properties that 300 acres or less without getting a timber harvest permit.

Kristopher Welker, who operates a small lumber mill in Fresno County said this new bill would benefit his small business. 

“We got a tremendous resource in our own backyard that has been neglected for decades now,” Welker said. 

Welker said the bark beetle has killed a large amount of forest trees. 

“Pretty much the entire Sierra Nevada has been devastated, particularly the lower elevations, the Ponderosa Pine belt,” he said. 

Senate Bill 901 will become law in January. 

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