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AB-2076 Public lands: Department of Parks and Recreation: wildfire prevention strategy: fire hazard severity zones.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 06/04/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 04, 2020
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 18, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2076


Introduced by Assembly Member Bigelow

February 05, 2020


An act to add Chapter 2.3 (commencing with Section 5390) to Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, relating to public lands.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2076, as amended, Bigelow. Public lands: Department of Parks and Recreation: wildfire prevention strategy: fire hazard severity zones.
Under existing law, the Department of Parks and Recreation controls the state park system, which is made up of units. Existing law also gives the department authority over, among other areas, state vehicular recreation areas, as provided, and makes the Director of Parks and Recreation responsible for planning and for the orderly development and operation of the California Recreational Trails System. Existing law requires the department to administer, protect, develop, and interpret the property under its jurisdiction for the use and enjoyment of the public.
Existing law requires the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection to identify areas in the state as very high fire hazard severity zones, as provided. Existing law also requires the director to classify lands within state responsibility areas into fire hazard severity zones, as provided.
This bill would require, on or before January 1, 2024, the Director of Parks and Recreation to develop and implement a wildfire prevention strategy for all property that is partially or wholly under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation that is located within a high or a very high fire hazard severity zone, as provided. The bill would require the wildfire prevention strategy to outline the department’s fire prevention goals and future projects for prescribed fire, defensible space, fire resilient restoration projects, and the fire hardening of the department’s structures, as provided, among other things. The bill would require the department to post the wildfire prevention strategy on its internet website, as provided. The bill would require the department to, on or before January 1, 2026, provide an update on the implementation of the wildfire prevention strategy to the relevant policy committees of the Legislature. The bill would require the implementation of the above-described provisions to be contingent on the enactment of an appropriation of moneys not from the General Fund for these purposes.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 2.3 (commencing with Section 5390) is added to Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
CHAPTER  2.3. Wildfire Prevention Strategy for Property in Fire Hazard Severity Zones

5390.
 (a) The director shall develop and implement, on or before January 1, 2024, a wildfire prevention strategy for all property that is partially or wholly under the jurisdiction of the department that is located within a very high fire hazard severity zone, as identified by the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection pursuant to Section 51178 of the Government Code, or a high or a very high fire hazard severity zone, as identified by the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection pursuant to Article 9 (commencing with Section 4201) of Chapter 1 of Part 2 of Division 4.
(b) The wildfire prevention strategy shall outline the department’s fire prevention goals and future projects for prescribed fire, defensible space, fire resilient restoration projects, and the fire hardening of the department’s structures within the property described in subdivision (a).
(c) The wildfire prevention strategy shall also include recommendations for policy changes and resources needed for the department to adapt to the increasing high severity wildfire threat.
(d) (1) On or before January 1, 2026, the department shall provide the relevant policy committees of the Legislature with an update on the implementation of the wildfire prevention strategy.
(2) This subdivision shall become inoperative on January 1, 2030, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.
(e) The department shall post the wildfire prevention strategy on its internet website.
(f) The implementation of this section shall be contingent on the enactment of an appropriation of moneys not from the General Fund for these purposes.