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SB-592 Fish and wildlife: working group: catastrophic wildfires: reports.(2021-2022)

As Amends the Law Today


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

 (a) (1) The director shall establish a working group with the primary purpose of performing comprehensive planning and protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat from wildfires.
(2) The working group shall be composed of all of the following persons:
(A) The director or the director’s representative.
(B) The Director of Forestry and Fire Protection or their representative.
(C) A county government representative from each county impacted by any catastrophic wildfire being studied pursuant to subdivision (b).
(b) (1) The working group established pursuant to subdivision (a) shall study, investigate, and report, on or before December 31, 2022, 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 in 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.
(c) For purposes of this section, a “catastrophic wildfire” means a wildfire that has burned 10,000 acres or more of land in the state.
SEC. 2.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.