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                                      CONSENT 


          Bill No:  AB 417
          Author:   Dahle (R)
          Amended:  6/16/15 in Senate
          Vote:     21  

           SENATE NATURAL RES. & WATER COMMITTEE:  9-0, 6/9/15
           AYES:  Pavley, Stone, Allen, Hertzberg, Hueso, Jackson,  
            Monning, Vidak, Wolk

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE:  Senate Rule 28.8 

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  77-0, 4/30/15 (Consent) - See last page for  
            vote

           SUBJECT:   Forest practices: resource conservation standards


          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:   This bill expands the authority of the Board of  
          Forestry and Fire Protection to develop alternative stocking  
          standards, when necessary, if those alternative standards  
          reasonably address the variables in forest characteristics and  
          achieve suitable resource conservation. 

          ANALYSIS:    Existing law, under the Z'Berg-Nejedly Forest  
          Practice Act of 1973 (FPA):
          
          1)Requires the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Board) to  
            adopt rules and regulations such as the Forest Practice Rules  
            (FPR) to assure the continuous growing and harvesting of  
            commercial forest tree species and to protect the soil, air,  
            fish and wildlife, and water resources, including but not  
            limited to, streams, lakes, and estuaries. 









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          2)Requires the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to  
            oversee the FPA and the FPR in consultation with other public  
            agencies and the interested public. 

          3)Requires, within five years after completion of timber  
            operations, either of the following minimum stocking standards  
            for an area covered by a timber harvest plan. 

             a)   An average point count of 300 per acre, except for site  
               IV classification or lower (i.e., sites with the lowest  
               productivity potential), which shall have an average point  
               count of 150 per acre. (The point count of a tree is  
               determined by tree size. For example, a tree that is less  
               than four inches in diameter at breast height counts as one  
               point. A tree over 12 inches in diameter counts as six  
               points.); or

             b)   An average residual basal area (i.e., the sum of tree  
               diameter for an acre) of at least 85 square feet per acre,  
               except for site II classification (i.e., sites with  
               intermediate productivity potential) or lower, which shall  
               have the minimum average residual basal area of 50 square  
               feet per acre. 

          4)Authorizes the Board to develop alternative stocking standards  
            for the average point count method of stocking if those  
            standards address the variables in forest characteristics and  
            achieve suitable resource conservation, but does not authorize  
            alternative stocking standards for average residual basal area  
            method.

          This bill expands the authority of the Board to develop  
          alternative stocking standards, when necessary, if those  
          alternative standards reasonably address the variables in forest  
          characteristics and achieve suitable resource conservation.

          Comments
          
          The author's intent was to make sure that the flexibility given  
          to the Board, provided in this bill, would require a rulemaking  
          procedure to define specific forest health and ecological goals.  
          The technical amendment would accomplish that objective.








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          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   No


          SUPPORT:   (Verified  6/30/15)


          Board of Forestry and Fire Protection
          California Forestry Association
          Central Coast Forest Association
          Humboldt Redwood Company and Mendocino Redwood Company


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified6/30/15)


          None received
                                             
          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT:  The author and supporters point out that  
          AB 2082 (Dahle, Chapter 212, Statutes of 2014) authorized the  
          Board to adopt alternative stocking standards related to the  
          point count, but did not include the same flexibility with  
          regard to the average residual basal area. AB 417 provides the  
          Board with the flexibility to adopt alternative stocking  
          standards on any basis it chooses that achieve specific  
          conservation goals and objectives. 


            

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  77-0, 4/30/15
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Chang, Chau,  
            Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dodd,  
            Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia,  
            Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Grove,  
            Hadley, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones,  
            Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low,  
            Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin,  
            Nazarian, Obernolte, O'Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Perea,  
            Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago,  








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            Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber,  
            Wilk, Williams, Wood, Atkins
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Campos, Chávez, Gomez


          Prepared by:William Craven / N.R. & W. / (916) 651-4116
          7/1/15 11:24:54


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