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AB-1433 Natural and working lands: unified program application and process.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/21/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 21, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 27, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 06, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1433


Introduced by Assembly Member Wood

February 17, 2017


An act to add Article 3.6 (commencing with Section 1373) to Chapter 4 of Division 2 of the Fish and Game Code, relating to greenhouse gases. An act to add Part 7 (commencing with Section 71430) to Division 34 of the Public Resources Code, relating to public resources.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1433, as amended, Wood. Climate Adaptation and Resilience Based on Nature Act. Natural and working lands: unified program application and process.
Existing law establishes various programs to provide financial assistance for natural or working lands.
This bill would require the Strategic Growth Council, on or before April 1, 2018, to establish and convene an interagency taskforce consisting of representatives from various state agencies who are knowledgeable in programs for natural or working lands to develop a common application form and process for those programs. The bill would require the taskforce, on or before January 1, 2019, to develop and implement the common application form and process for those programs.

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the state board as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and to be available upon appropriation.

This bill would create the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Based on Nature Account in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and would, upon appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act, make available the moneys in the account to the Wildlife Conservation Board for grants and programs that facilitate actions to protect and improve the resilience of natural and working land systems and enhance habitat, while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and increasing sequestration. The bill would also provide criteria for selection of grant and program proposals for funding, including a requirement to consider advice from a review committee, to be established by the board, consisting of specified entities, as appropriate.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Part 7 (commencing with Section 71430) is added to Division 34 of the Public Resources Code, to read:

PART 7. Unified Program Application and Process

71430.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Natural lands” means lands consisting of forests, grasslands, deserts, freshwater and riparian systems, wetlands, coastal and estuarine areas, watersheds, wildlands, wildlife habitat, and other similar open-space land.
(2) “Working lands” means lands used for farming, grazing, or the production of forest products.
(b) On or before April 1, 2018, the Strategic Growth Council shall establish and convene an interagency taskforce consisting of the following:
(1) Representatives from the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection who are knowledgeable in the Forest Health Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Grant Program and the Urban and Community Forestry Program established pursuant to the California Urban Forestry Act of 1978 (Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 4799.06) of Part 2.5 of Division 4).
(2) Representatives from the Strategic Growth Council who are knowledgeable in the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program developed pursuant to Part 1 (commencing with Section 75200) of Division 44.
(3) Representatives from the Department of Fish and Wildlife who are knowledgeable in the Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program.
(4) Representatives from the Natural Resources Agency who are knowledgeable in the Urban Greening Grant Program developed pursuant to Section 12802.10 of the Government Code.
(5) Representatives from the Department of Food and Agriculture who are knowledgeable in the Healthy Soils Program established pursuant to Section 569 of the Food and Agriculture Code.
(6) Representatives from any other department or agency in the state who are knowledgeable in natural or working lands programs of that department of agency that are funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund established pursuant to Section 16428.8 of the Government Code.
(c) On or before January 1, 2019, the taskforce shall develop and implement a common application form and process for the programs specified in subdivision (b).
(d) An application developed pursuant to subdivision (c) and submitted to the taskforce pursuant to the process developed pursuant to subdivision (c) shall be considered to be an application for all the programs specified in subdivision (b).
(e) The taskforce shall evaluate the application submitted and determine which program is the most appropriate funding source for the application and shall forward the application to the appropriate funding agency or department for consideration.
(f) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this section to streamline the application process for various natural and working lands programs in the state.

SECTION 1.

This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Based on Nature Act.

SEC. 2.

The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(a)Natural and working lands, including forests, farms, rangeland, and wetlands, are significant carbon sinks.

(b)Improvements to forest management, agricultural, and ranching practices can substantially reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and increase soil carbon.

(c)Our forests and other natural and working lands provide many vital services that benefit all state residents, including capturing, storing, and delivering the majority of the state’s utilized water, cleaning our air, and providing habitat for our diverse and abundant fish and wildlife, as well as employment for many rural communities. Our forests and other natural areas also offer many beautiful places for recreation and renewal.

(d)A warming climate and shifting precipitation regimes are causing additional stress on these systems, exacerbating degradation and impacts from past fragmentation and management, and thereby threatening those carbon stores and other values.

(e)Promoting resilience and adapting to a changing climate is a state priority and will enhance the stability and amount of those carbon stores, improve the reliability of our water supplies, help ensure habitat for fish and wildlife, and support rural resource economies. However, there is no dedicated source of funding for natural resource adaptation and resilience efforts.

SEC. 3.Article 3.6 (commencing with Section 1373) is added to Chapter 4 of Division 2 of the Fish and Game Code, to read:
3.6.Climate Adaptation and Resilience Based on Nature Act
1373.

(a)For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

(1)“Natural lands” means lands consisting of forests, grasslands, deserts, freshwater and riparian systems, wetlands, coastal and estuarine areas, watersheds, wildlands, wildlife habitat, and other similar open-space land.

(2)“Working lands” means lands used for farming, grazing, or the production of forest products.

(b)The Climate Adaptation and Resilience Based on Nature Account is hereby created in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund established pursuant to Section 16428.8 of the Government Code, and moneys in the account shall be available upon appropriation by the Legislature. The account may receive moneys upon appropriation by the Legislature from bonds, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, settlements, or any other revenue sources.

(c)Appropriations from the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Based on Nature Account shall be made in the annual Budget Act to the Wildlife Conservation Board for grants and programs that facilitate actions to protect and improve the resilience of natural and working land systems and enhance habitat, while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and increasing sequestration.

(d)(1)The Wildlife Conservation Board shall rank and select grant and program proposals for funding pursuant to this section, considering advice from the review committee established pursuant to paragraph (2).

(2)The Wildlife Conservation Board shall convene a review committee consisting of experts from relevant departments, conservancies, boards, and commissions, as appropriate, to advise the board as provided in paragraph (1).

(e)Grants and programs funded by this section shall reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, enhance long-term sequestration, and result in enduring benefits.

(f)In awarding grants and program funds, the Wildlife Conservation Board shall give priority to projects that restore and maintain relatively natural habitats, promote climate adaptation and resilience in natural or working land systems, and provide multiple ecosystem benefits.