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The Feather River. Credit: USFS/Flickr.
The Feather River. Credit: USFS/Flickr.

California’s forested ecosystems face widespread threats—overgrowth, drought, insects, wildfires—and the warming climate will only intensify these risks and further threaten the social, economic, and environmental benefits forests provide. Limited resources, enormous urgency, and high stakes to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration require land managers and downstream beneficiaries to set priorities for management investments.

The state-funded California Foresite project is tackling this challenge by improving available spatial data for use by state and federal agencies and Tribal partners to determine current natural resource conditions, risks, and priority locations to target restoration efforts. Foresite will culminate in the development of the Forest Ecosystems Assessment and Planning Tool, which will provide transparent, scientifically defensible methods for making investments and support climate adaptation in California.