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Options for a Forestry Management Training Center in Northern California

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report:

Options for a Forestry Management Training Center in Northern California

The Supplemental Report of the 2021-22 Budget Act requires our office to consult with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and other appropriate stakeholders, including the California Conservation Corps to develop options for the Legislature to consider for creating a forestry management training center in Northern California.

In this report, we identify two key potential policy goals for establishing a new forestry management training center in Northern California—addressing workforce gaps and improving outcomes for targeted populations. We also discuss key design choices for the Legislature to consider when establishing a center, such as which forestry positions to target for training, the location of the center, and design elements that would affect the cost of the facility. We further discuss options for establishing such a training center depending on the design choices the Legislature makes. Finally, we encourage the Legislature to consider whether other strategies—such as expanding an existing training program or implementing more robust recruitment efforts—could help meet its goals, either in addition to or instead of establishing a new training center.

This report is available using the following link: https://lao.ca.gov/Publications/Report/4487

This article was released by the Legislative Analyst’s Office.