Press release September 27th 2022
CNRA announces tool to Improve Wildfire Resilience with Support from Google.org
SACRAMENTO, CA – California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) and the USDA Forest Service, along with support from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, has developed Planscape – a new wildfire resilience planning tool that uses state and federal resilience data to create user-friendly models that will be easily accessible to land planners. A demonstration of Planscape was released today at the California Wildfire & Forest Resilience Task Force.
This new tool will ensure that state, federal and private forest planners have current and sophisticated data at their fingertips allowing them to plan landscape-scale projects in a way that improves wildfire safety while enhancing biodiversity, watershed health, carbon storage and providing other ecological benefits. With a decision support and workflow guide, planners – along with foresters and the public – will have access to the leading forest ecology climate data and scientific models that will make it easier to determine where treatments (such as tree thinning, undergrowth clearing or other action) will be most effective and when and how to treat those areas.
In addition to helping planners, Planscape supports the significant investments that California has made in wildfire resilience:
“Californians are threatened by worsening wildfires driven by an overheated, unstable climate,” said California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot. “Planscape will leverage science and data to help deliver wildfire resilience projects that protect our communities and natural places.”