Plan to Protect Urban Forests by Promoting Planting of Trees in Cities Heads to Governor

Friday, September 15, 2017

Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher bill will help disadvantaged communities fight climate change

SACRAMENTO  – (Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) tonight won final approval from the state Legislature of her bill to protect California’s urban forests, a critical step in the state’s efforts to fight climate change.

AB 1530 passed the Assembly by a 77-0 vote after passing the Senate by a margin of 38-0. The bill now heads to the Governor, who has until Oct. 15 to sign or veto the measure.  “Protecting California’s urban forests is critical in our fight against climate change,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “California’s trees are in peril, threatened by drought, deadly bug infestations, diseases and a variety of other factors. The vast majority of these trees are in urban areas. We need an organized, strategic plan to help our urban forests not only survive, but also to 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, bill would also authorize CalFire to provide planning and technical assistance for projects in disadvantaged communities.

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 https://a80.asmdc.org/