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Public Resources Code - PRC


  ( Division 4 repealed and added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1144. )


  ( Part 2 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1144. )

CHAPTER 8. Z'berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act of 1973 [4511 - 4630.2]

  ( Chapter 8 repealed and added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 880. )

ARTICLE 10. Innovative Forest Products and Mass Timber [4630 - 4630.2]
  ( Article 10 added by Stats. 2018, Ch. 637, Sec. 2. )


For purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meanings:

(a) “Innovative forest products” means products made using small-diameter woody materials, brush, and dead trees removed from fire hazard areas identified by the department and that are milled and manufactured in California to the maximum extent possible.

(b) “Mass timber” means prefabricated wood products consisting of not less than three layers of solid-sawn lumber or structural composite lumber in which adjacent layers are cross-oriented and bonded with structural adhesives, dowels, or nails to form a solid wood element and that are milled and manufactured in California to the maximum extent possible.

(Added by Stats. 2018, Ch. 637, Sec. 2. (AB 2518) Effective January 1, 2019.)


(a) On or before July 1, 2020, the department, in consultation with the board, shall identify barriers to in-state production of mass timber and other innovative forest products and shall develop solutions that are consistent with the state’s climate objectives on forest lands.

(b) The department shall collaborate, in implementing this section, with members of the working group established pursuant to Section 717, other state agencies, and independent experts, including with apprenticeship programs of organized labor, community colleges, and others with similar expertise, on innovative forest products and mass timber workforce training and job creation.

(Amended by Stats. 2020, Ch. 370, Sec. 238. (SB 1371) Effective January 1, 2021.)


(a) On or before July 1, 2020, the Forest Management Task Force or its successor entity shall, in consultation with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the Joint Institute for Wood Products Innovation in the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, private industry, investors, and other stakeholders it deems appropriate, develop recommendations for siting additional wood product manufacturing facilities in the state. These recommendations shall include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

(1) A financially viable proposal for the development and construction of at least one new mass timber production facility that can manufacture mass timber panels that can be cross or dowel laminated or use similar mass timber technology.

(2) The identification and proposal of the necessary incentives needed to attract private investment to construct such a mass timber production facility in California.

(3) The identification of other former manufacturing or wood processing sites that may be suitable for future investment.

(b) In developing the recommendations pursuant to subdivision (a), it is the intent of the Legislature that the location and activities of the mass timber production facilities, to the extent feasible, meet all of the following:

(1) Be adjacent to a high or very high fire hazard severity zone, as identified by the department, and be capable of processing materials generated as a result of fuel treatments or other forest management practices.

(2) Generate mass timber workforce training and job creation opportunities.

(3) Be located in, or be proximate to, areas that are near the locations of large landscape fires of greater than 50,000 acres that have occurred since 2005 and in areas identified as federal opportunity zones or in areas that have an average household income of at least 5 percent below the state’s median household income.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 399, Sec. 5. (AB 1823) Effective January 1, 2020.)

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