GSNR is taking steps to advance its proposed project that would improve the resiliency of California’s forestlands


Golden State Natural Resources (GSNR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation, established by rural counties, to address the urgent issue of catastrophic fires from overgrown and under-managed forests.

The preponderance of science supports the need for proactive fuel reduction projects to restore forest health and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. State and Federal policy also emphasizes the need to increase the pace and scale of these projects, but such efforts are presently stalled without a marketable outlet for the biomass.

GSNR's proposed Forest Resiliency Project directly addresses this critical need by creating a sustainable and economically viable use from this woody biomass.


PROJECT SITES

Click on the location names below to find information and resources for each of the three project sites including details on any upcoming community meetings.

Lassen County Port of Stockton Tuolumne County


Proposed Project

GSNR's proposed forest resiliency project would sustainably procure and process excess biomass produced as part of forest health initiatives into a pelletized fuel source (wood pellets) for use in renewable energy generation overseas, as a replacement for fossil fuels such as coal.

The proposed project would include the development of two wood pellet processing facilities, one in the foothills of the Central Sierra Nevada Mountain range, in Tuolumne County, and one in the Modoc Plateau of Northern California, in Lassen County. The finished pellets would then be shipped by rail to the Port of Stockton for international shipping.

This project is supported through a 20-year Master Stewardship Agreement with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for all of California’s 18 national forests in Region 5 as well as a blanket purchase agreement with USFS.


Frequently Asked Questions Resources


CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process for GSNR’s proposed forest resiliency project is currently underway, to ensure any and all potential impacts are identified, comprehensively evaluated, and mitigated to the fullest extent feasible.

Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA), acting as the CEQA lead agency, reissued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the GSNR Forest Resiliency Project on June 1, 2023. This action initiated the environmental scoping process in accordance with the CEQA Guidelines (14 California Code of Regulations [CCR] Section 15082). Development of the Draft Environmental Impact Report is currently underway and is anticipated to be released in the first quarter of 2024, at which time there will be further opportunity for public review and comment.

View the Reissued Notice of Preparation



MANUFACTURING AND TRANSPORT PROCESS

A graphic illustration of the proposed process, from gathering of biomass, to formation of wood pellets, through transportation and export, is depicted below.



Manufacturing and Transportation Process for GSNR's Forest Resiliency Project

Informational Resources