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AB-616 Fire safety: California Forest Carbon Plan: reports.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/02/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 02, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 616


Introduced by Assembly Member Patterson
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Mathis)
(Coauthor: Senator Nielsen)

February 14, 2019


An act to add and repeal Article 7.9 (commencing with Section 4599) to of Chapter 8 of Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code, relating to fire safety.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 616, as amended, Patterson. Fire safety: California Forest Carbon Plan: report. reports.
Existing law requires the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to implement various fire protection programs intended to protect forest resources and prevent uncontrolled wildfires.
This bill would require the department, in collaboration with the Natural Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency, to prepare and submit to the Legislature and the appropriate legislative policy and budget committees, on or before January 1, 2021, and by January 1 of each year thereafter, until January 1, 2025, 2024, a report on the progress made with regard to the implementation of a specified forest carbon plan, as described, and the policies and resources needed to achieve specified wildland fire prevention goals for fuel treatment and vegetation management in the state, as prescribed. meet the objectives of the plan.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Article 7.9 (commencing with Section 4599) is added to Chapter 8 of Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
Article  7.9. California Forest Carbon Plan Report
4599.

(a)Building upon the objectives outlined in the “California Forest Carbon Plan: Managing our Forest Landscapes in a Changing Climate,” prepared by the Forest Climate Action Team consisting of specified state and federal agencies, the Legislature hereby establishes the following wildland fire prevention goals for fuel treatment and vegetation management in the state:

(1)Increase forest restoration and fuels treatment from 17,500 acres to 35,000 acres per year by 2020 and to 60,000 acres per year by 2030.

(2)Increase the area reforested in the state annually by 25 percent above 2018 levels.

(3)Increase vegetation management to 500,000 acres per year on nonfederal lands.

(4)Urge the federal government to implement similar vegetation management and treatment levels on federal lands.

(5)Expand wood products manufacturing in California.

(6)Increase carbon storage through increased use of durable wood products in buildings.

(7)Streamline the planning and permitting for forest restoration and forest health projects.

(8)Reduce small landowners’ financial barriers to land management.

(b)(1)

4599.
 (a) The department, in collaboration with the Natural Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency, shall prepare and submit to the Legislature and the relevant legislative policy and budget committees, on or before January 1, 2021, and by January 1 each year thereafter, an annual report outlining the progress made with regard to the implementation of the “California Forest Carbon Plan: Managing our Forest Landscapes in a Changing Climate,” which was prepared by the Forest Climate Action Team consisting of specified state, local, and federal agencies and issued in May 2018, and the policies and resources needed to meet the goals set forth in subdivision (a). objectives of the plan.

(2)

(b) A report submitted pursuant to this subdivision section shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(3)Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this subdivision shall become inoperative on January 1, 2025.

4599.5.
 This article shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2024, and as of that date is repealed.