Gov. Brown Signs Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Bill Protecting Urban Forests

Thursday, October 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO  – (Thursday, October 12, 2017) – Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) that will protect California’s urban forests, a critical step in the state’s efforts to fight climate change.

“Having healthy trees is critical in California’s fight against climate change,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “And the vast majority of California’s trees are in urban areas. We must take care of our trees so they can take care of us. That’s why it’s so important to have an organized, strategic plan to help our urban forests not only survive, but also thrive.”

AB 1530 will protect and preserve the state’s urban tree canopies and also help the state’s most disadvantaged communities combat the effects of climate change.  The bill would require CalFire to implement a program in urban forestry that encourages better tree management and planting in urban areas. Among other things, the bill would also authorize CalFire to provide planning and technical assistance for projects in disadvantaged communities.

AB 1530 passed the Assembly, 79-0, on Sept. 14 after passing the Senate on a 40-0 vote that same day.

For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact Alex Roth at 619-228-3253.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher visit