THERE IS NO GREATER PRIORITY.
Every year, wildfire kills Californians, wipes out entire towns and thousands of homes. Wildfire consumes vast areas of forest, killing off untold numbers of trees, animals and other plants. Whole species are eliminated. Natural water systems are destroyed. There is no greater environmental disaster. There is no greater threat to all Californians, to our forests, to wildlife, to our water supply, to agriculture or to our way of life.
Wildfires cost much more to fight than can be sustained. Firefighters get injured and many die. Massive fleets of fire engines, aircraft and whole armies of firefighters and support personnel are deployed, all at unacceptable risk and cost. When they are successful, huge tracts of the landscape are nevertheless laid bare. There is no greater priority than to control this untenable, annual cycle of destruction.
CHIPS is a non-profit organization that recognizes these priorities and endeavors to reduce the threat of wildfire. CHIPS performs wildfire prevention with forest thinning and clearing, reversing decades of overgrowth. CHIPS returns forested areas to their natural state of fire resistance, allowing our beautiful and productive mountains to thrive once again. There is no greater cause, and CHIPS is dedicated to its success.