(a) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency,
8in coordination with the State Air Resources Board, shall develop
9guidelines for the awarding of grants, upon appropriation by the
10Legislature, for projects that enhance greenhouse gas emissions
11avoidance and sequestration associated with natural resources.
12(b) The guidelines developed pursuant to subdivision (a) shall
13do all of the following:
14(1) Promote climate benefits from reducing or sequestering
15greenhouse gas emissions associated with reductions in
16transportation emissions, improvements in energy conservation
17or efficiency, promoting development of sustainable communities,
18improving the siting of environmentally
19generation, improving regional water supply from regional water
20filtration and watershed enhancements, improving forest
21management, or increasing the urban forestry canopy.
22(2) Incentivize innovative pilot projects that can act as statewide
23models for enhancing natural resources emission reductions and
24sequestration from a portion of the grant awards.
25(3) Leverage, or maximize, the use of other public and private
26funding to either improve the climate value of existing conservation
27projects or assist in the implementation of conservation projects
28that have important climate values.
29(4) Promote investments in projects that include cobenefits,
30including adaptation, improved water supply and quality, and
31public health improvements.
32(5) Ensure that appropriate funding levels will be dedicated to
33conservation projects in disadvantaged communities.
34(c) To minimize administration costs associated with
35implementing this part, the Secretary of the Natural Resources
P3 1Agency shall use existing programs, including, but not limited to,
2programs administered pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with
3Section 4799.06) of Part 2.5 of Division 4, Chapter 3.8
4(commencing with Section 5750) of Division 5, Division 10.4
5(commencing with Section 10330), Chapter 3 (commencing with
6Section 31100) of Division 21, Chapter 1 (commencing with Section
732600) of Division 22.8, and Chapter 3 (commencing with Section
833200) of Division 23, for competitive grants in forestry, open
9space, sustainable agriculture, and watershed enhancements to
10further the goals of this part. Funds also may be administered
11pursuant to Division 22.3 (commencing with Section 32300),
12Division 22.5 (commencing with
Section 32500), Division 22.7
13(commencing with Section 32550), Division 22.9 (commencing
14with Section 32630), Division 23.3 (commencing with Section
1533320), and Division 23.5 (commencing with Section 33500).
16(d) The Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing
17with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the
18Government Code) shall not apply to the development and adoption
19of guidelines adopted pursuant to this part.