BILL ANALYSIS Ó ----------------------------------------------------------------- |SENATE RULES COMMITTEE | AB 417| |Office of Senate Floor Analyses | | |(916) 651-1520 Fax: (916) | | |327-4478 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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. AB 417 Page 2 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. AB 417 Page 3 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, AB 417 Page 4 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 **** END ****