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


 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

 (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, mountain meadows, 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 task force 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 Agricultural Code.
(6) Representatives from the Office of Planning and Research.
(7) Representatives from the California Environmental Protection Agency.
(8) 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) (1) (A) On or before January 1, 2019, the task force shall develop and implement a common application form and process for the programs specified in subdivision (b).
(B) The application shall require demonstration that the greenhouse gas benefits resulting from projects are durable with those benefits persisting for at least 50 years.
(C) The task force shall develop the application, to the extent feasible, in a manner that obtains basic information and a description of the benefits of a project in a format that may be used for all programs specified in subdivision (b), while recognizing appropriate differences in project types.
(2) The task force may also receive applications to fund a county or regional plan that includes natural and working lands for the purposes of reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases, sequestering carbon, and enhancing resilience to climate change. The planning proposal may be granted from any of the programs funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to the extent consistent with the legal requirements pursuant to those programs and shall not exceed 10 percent of funding for those programs.
(d) An application developed pursuant to subdivision (c) and submitted to the task force 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 task force 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.