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Wildfire Smoke Is a Threat to Children’s Health

By Shalini Mustala

The average number of days per year with heavy smoke in California's air has been rising, especially in the Central Valley, Sacramento region, and far north. This poses a particular health risk for children, who are more likely to be exposed to wildfire smoke and more susceptible to its effects.

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How Active Stewardship Could Protect California’s Forests from Extreme Wildfire

By Sarah Bardeen

Increasingly extreme wildfires—driven by a combination of fuel build-up, drought, and climate change—are threatening forests throughout California. Without intervention, some of these landscapes could be forever changed. UC Berkeley professor Scott Stephens lays out urgently needed measures that could save the state’s beloved big trees.

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Managing Family Forests Is Key to Managing Wildfire

By Annabelle Rosser, Henry McCann

In the Sierra-Cascade region, many mixed-conifer forests belong to small family operations, which typically struggle to carry out robust forest management. This gap in management is putting communities at risk; a few policy changes could help.

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