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California Closes Forestland to Reduce Wildfire Risks Exasperated by Climate Change

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California is currently experiencing its peak wildfire season, when the state often has its fiercest blazes, some of which can require widespread evacuations. In response, the largest private landowner in California halted public access to all of its forestlands due to the risks posed by drought and wildfires.

The United States Forest Service also closes areas to prevent wildfire threats. However, no Forest Service lands have been closed yet this summer. (You can monitor active Cal Fire occurrences by visiting this page .) Visiting Sierra Pacific Industries’ Land Is Prohibited Indefinitely

Lumber giant Sierra Pacific Industries , California’s largest private landowner and one of America’s biggest too, closed its forests to the public on July 1, 2022. The company is headquartered in Anderson, California but owns over two million acres of forestland across California, Oregon, and Washington. A map showing the area owned by Sierra Pacific Industries in California. (Credit: SPI/Handout) Usually, the public can access the land for hiking, permitted hunting and fishing, and cross-country skiing wherever Sierra Pacific Industries is not actively logging. However, its extensive holdings are off-limits indefinitely due to “extreme drought and wildfire conditions.”

The company said in a statement: “This closure will remain in effect […]

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