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AB-9 Fire safety: wildfires: fire adapted communities.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/19/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 19, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 05, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 25, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 9


Introduced by Assembly Member Wood

December 07, 2020


An act to add Article 11 (commencing with Section 4208) to Chapter 1 of Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code, relating to fire safety.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 9, as amended, Wood. Fire safety: wildfires: fire adapted communities.
Existing law establishes in the Natural Resources Agency the Department of Conservation.
This bill would establish in the department the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program to support regional leadership to build local and regional capacity and develop, prioritize, and implement strategies and projects that create fire adapted communities and landscapes by improving watershed health, forest health, community wildfire preparedness, and fire resilience. The bill would require, among other things, the department to, upon an appropriation by the Legislature, provide block grants to regional entities, as defined, to develop regional strategies that develop governance structures, identify wildfire risks, foster collaboration, and prioritize and implement projects within the region to achieve the goals of the program. The bill would authorize require the department to, upon an appropriation by the Legislature, provide block grants to eligible organizations coordinating organizations, as defined, to support the statewide implementation of the program through coordination of and technical assistance to regional entities, as well as to support forest health and resilience efforts across regions and throughout the state. The bill would also require the department to publish and update information on program implementation, as specified, on its internet website.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 11 (commencing with Section 4208) is added to Chapter 1 of Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
Article  11. Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program

4208.
 For purposes of this article, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Department” means the Department of Conservation.
(b) “Eligible coordinating organizations” means local and tribal governments, resource conservation districts, joint powers authorities, or nongovernmental organizations with a history of providing technical assistance and demonstrated capacity to coordinate regional partners across the state.

(b)

(c) “Program” means the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program.

(c)

(d) “Regional entities” means state conservancies, local and tribal governments, resource conservation districts, joint powers authorities, or nongovernmental organizations with a history of implementing related projects, demonstrated capacity to work across regional partners, and ability to serve as fiscal administrators for the program.
(e) “Statewide implementation” means identifying and supporting regional entities in every part of the state that contains or is adjacent to a very high or high fire hazard severity zone identified by the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection pursuant to Section 51178 of the Government Code or Article 9 (commencing with Section 4201).

4208.1.
 (a) There is hereby established in the department the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program to support regional leadership to build local and regional capacity and develop, prioritize, and implement strategies and projects that create fire adapted communities and landscapes by improving watershed health, forest health, community wildfire preparedness, and fire resilience.
(b) (1) The department shall, upon an appropriation by the Legislature for these purposes, provide do both of the following:
(A) Provide block grants to regional entities to develop regional strategies that develop governance structures, identify wildfire risks, foster collaboration, and prioritize and implement projects within the region to achieve the goals of the program.
(B) Ensure, to the extent feasible, there are regional entities to cover every part of the state that contains or is adjacent to a very high or high fire hazard severity zone identified by the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection pursuant to Section 51178 of the Government Code or Article 9 (commencing with Section 4201).
(2) Regional entities may implement program activities directly or provide subgrants or contracts, and collaborative planning efforts with local entities, including municipal and tribal governments, nongovernmental organizations, community organizations, fire safe councils, land trusts, resource conservation districts, joint power authorities, special districts, residents, private and public forest landowners and managers, businesses, and others, to accomplish assist the regional entity in accomplishing all of the following objectives:
(A) Develop regional priority strategies that develop and support fire adapted communities and landscapes by improving forest health, watershed health, fire risk reduction, or fire resilience needed to achieve local, regional, or statewide public safety, climate resiliency, and ecosystem goals included in the “Agreement for Shared Stewardship of California’s Forest and Rangelands” and “California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan.”
(B) Complete project development and permitting to generate implementation-ready projects that address regional forest landscape resilience and community fire protection priorities for funding consideration.
(C) Implement forest management demonstration projects that showcase scalable models for management, funding, and achieving and quantifying multiple benefits.
(D) Implement community fire preparedness demonstration projects that create durable risk reduction for structures and critical community infrastructure.
(E) Develop outreach, education, and training as needed to facilitate and build capacity to implement this section.
(c) The department may, shall, upon an appropriation by the Legislature for these purposes, provide block grants to eligible coordinating organizations under the program to support the statewide implementation of the program through coordination of and technical assistance to regional entities, as well as to support forest health and resilience efforts across regions and throughout the state.
(d) To maximize the benefits of the program, the department shall do all of the following:
(1) Facilitate peer-to-peer learning within and between regions to share information, experiences, and resources to build regional capacity.
(2) Provide technical assistance to regions to enhance regional capacity and assist in the development and prioritization of projects.
(3) Assist regions in identifying potential funding sources for regional priorities.
(4) Encourage the development of local cost share opportunities.
(5) Publish and update on the department’s internet website the following information related to implementation of the program:
(A) A list of regional entities and eligible coordinating organizations.
(B) The outcomes of any block grant provided to a regional entity or eligible coordinating organization.
(C) A description of progress towards ensuring there are regional entities to cover every part of the state that contains or is adjacent to a very high or high fire hazard severity zone identified by the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection pursuant to Section 51178 of the Government Code or Article 9 (commencing with Section 4201).