As you know, California witnessed its worst wildfire season on record in 2020, and while the California Legislature has talked about emergency funding for wildfire preparedness and forest resilience, it has yet to take action in 2021.
We need your support to help get this funding passed. We urge you to contact your State Senator and State Assembly member to let them know that without this funding, we can’t start working on critical projects that will save lives, protect homes, and reduce air pollution before the next wildfire season hits.
We’ve included instructions on how to find your legislator, sample email copy if you prefer to email, and a sample script if you’d rather call them. To find your legislator’s email and/or phone number, follow the link below to look them up through the Find Your Rep portal.
Looking to learn more about Sierra Business Council’s 2021 wildfire and forest management priorities? Click here.
Sample email content:
My name is [Full Name]. I live in your district, and I am calling because we need IMMEDIATE funding for wildfire preparedness in California.
After severe wildfires in California killed hundreds of people, destroyed thousands of properties, and worsened air pollution across the state, I’m urging you to quickly address this crisis. Wildfire is a natural part of California’s landscape, but today’s wildfires are out of balance due to a century of fire suppression, misguided forest management, and climate change.
The State Legislature has not yet approved funding for wildfire preparedness and forest resilience despite broad support from business and environmental organizations. With the 2021 wildfire season approaching us, our communities can’t wait any longer. There is so much that needs to be done well before then.
We need the California State Legislature to come together and fund proven measures that restore forest health and protect our communities before the upcoming wildfire season.
I appreciate your time and thank you for acting quickly.
Sample phone script:
My name is [First Name], I live in your district, and I am calling because we need IMMEDIATE funding for wildfire preparedness in California.
As you know, California’s wildfires pose an urgent threat to our state. Fires have killed hundreds of people, destroyed thousands of properties, and contributed to rising air pollution. We need to take immediate action to address this crisis.
California’s forests and communities need funding now for wildfire preparations for the 2021 wildfire season.
I’m calling for the Legislature to come together and fund forest health and home hardening that will protect our communities before the upcoming wildfire season.
I appreciate your time and thank you for putting our communities first.