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SB-195 Sierra Nevada Conservancy.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/31/2019 09:00 PM


Senate Bill
No. 195

Introduced by Senator Nielsen

January 31, 2019

An act to amend Section 33301 of the Public Resources Code, relating to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.


SB 195, as introduced, Nielsen. Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
Existing law establishes the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and prescribes the functions and duties of the conservancy with regard to the preservation of specified lands in the Sierra Nevada Region, as defined. Existing law makes specified findings and declarations relating to the importance and significance of the Sierra Nevada Region and the need to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance lands within the region.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in those findings and declarations.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


 Section 33301 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The Sierra Nevada Region is a globally significant area, including many national and state parks, the highest peaks in the 48 contiguous states, and large, pristine areas that are open for public use.
(b) The Sierra Nevada Region is an important part of the state’s economy, providing substantial agricultural products, timber resources, ranching, mining, tourism, and recreation.
(c) The Sierra Nevada Region provides supplies 65 percent of California’s developed water supply and nearly almost all of the water supply for western Nevada. As California’s principal watershed, the region is the critical source of water for urban and rural parts of northern and southern California.
(d) In cooperation with local governments, private business, nonprofit organizations, and the public, a Sierra Nevada Conservancy can help do all of the following:
(1) Provide increased opportunities for tourism and recreation.
(2) Protect, conserve, and restore the region’s physical, cultural, archaeological, historical, and living resources.
(3) Aid in the preservation of working landscapes.
(4) Reduce the risk of natural disasters, such as wildfires.
(5) Protect and improve water and air quality.
(6) Assist the regional economy through the operation of the conservancy’s program.
(7) Identify the highest priority projects and initiatives for which funding is needed.
(8) Undertake efforts to enhance public use and enjoyment of lands owned by the public.
(9) Support efforts that advance both environmental preservation and the economic well-being of Sierra residents in a complementary manner.