The severity of this problem is addressed by each of SBC’s three focus areas—our climate action, regional advocacy, and economic empowerment teams are each working on solutions that tackle the many challenges presented by severe wildfires.
Our economic empowerment programs partner with communities directly affected by the fires, assisting with economic development projects, disaster relief funds, and more. We also provide direct one-on-one support to small businesses dealing with a range of wildfire impacts, from loss of tourism income due to smoke or evacuations to actual damages to their locations.
Our regional advocacy work involves prioritizing funding, strategies, and policies at the state level to ensure the Sierra’s needs are heard. In 2021, we successfully advocated for a $1.5 billion wildfire funding package and a $3.7 billion climate resilience package in California’s State Budget. We ensure the voice of the Sierra is heard in Sacramento and advocate for forest management policies and investments that are backed by science and offer a clear path forward for the state to address our monumental wildfire problem.
Our climate action team works to both mitigate and adapt to accelerated climate-impacted challenges in the Sierra, including increasing severity of wildfire. We facilitate education and collaborative opportunities among Sierra Nevada agencies, businesses, and communities through Sierra CAMP and work to increase energy independence and efficiency through Sierra Nevada Energy Watch. Our team is also conducting a 22-county climate vulnerability assessment for the entirety of the Sierra Nevada to better understand how climate projections will lead to increasing wildfire severity as well as hotter and dryer days.
Our various teams at SBC are currently working to both lessen the consequences of future fire impacts as well as to respond to and rebuild from fires that have already impacted our vulnerable communities. Through our multifaceted approach to resilience, mitigation, and adaptation, we believe the Sierra can return to a healthy relationship with fire.
Over the coming year, we will continue our multifaceted approach to wildfire resilience in the Sierra. Will you support this three-pronged approach with a contribution to SBC this giving season?