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AB-883 Fish and wildlife: catastrophic wildfires: report.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/20/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 883


Introduced by Assembly Member Dahle

February 20, 2019


An act to add Section 702.2 to the Fish and Game Code, relating to fish and wildlife.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 883, as introduced, Dahle. Fish and wildlife: catastrophic wildfires: report.
Existing law establishes the Department of Fish and Wildlife and prescribes the functions and responsibilities of the department with regard to the implementation, administration, and enforcement of laws regulating fish and wildlife in the state. Existing law also establishes the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and requires the department to implement and administer various fire prevention and suppression programs on lands under the jurisdiction of the department.
This bill would require the Department of Fish and Wildlife, in consultation with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, on or before December 31, 2020, and by December 31 each year thereafter, to study, investigate, and report to the Legislature on the impacts on wildlife and wildlife habitat resulting from any catastrophic wildfire, as defined, that occurred during that calendar year, including specified information on a catastrophic wildfire’s impact on ecosystems, biodiversity, and protected species in the state.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 702.2 is added to the Fish and Game Code, to read:

702.2.
 (a) (1) The department, in consultation with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, shall study, investigate, and report, on or before December 31, 2020, and by December 31 each year thereafter, to the Legislature on the impacts on wildlife and wildlife habitat resulting from any catastrophic wildfire that occurred during that calendar year, including all of the following information:
(A) The catastrophic wildfire’s impact on ecosystems and habitat that support wildlife native to California.
(B) The catastrophic wildfire’s impact on biodiversity in the state, including, but not limited to, areas of conservation emphasis as defined by subdivision (b) of Section 1851.
(C) The catastrophic wildfire’s impact on any species protected under Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 2050) of Division 3, including any endangered species, threatened species, or candidate species.
(2) A report submitted pursuant to this section shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(b) For purposes of this section, a “catastrophic wildfire” means a wildfire that has burned 10,000 acres or more of land in the state.