- CLFA PROPOSES NEW STRATEGIES FOR THP GHG CALCS
- CLFA OPPOSES AB 2926: On March 26, 2008, CLFA submitted an official letter in opposition to AB 2926 (Lieber). AB 2926 proposes to reduce the size of clearcuts in California to 10 acres. It also proposes to lengthen the amount of time that must pass before a unit of forestland adjacent to an existing clearcut may itself be clearcut.
- CLFA RESPONDS TO CALIFORNIA-NEVADA TAHOE BASIN FIRE COMMISSION: On January 24, 2008 CLFA submitted a letter to the California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission outlining CLFA’s Suggested Findings and Recommendations
- CLFA POLICY SUGGESTIONS TO BOF FOR 2008: On January 8, 2008, CLFA submitted a letter to the Board of Forestry & Fire Protection outlining six issues of interest and concern to RPFs.
- LEAD AGENCY REGULATORY ENFORCEMENT: On November 6, 2007 CLFA submitted a letter to Board of Forestry Chairman Stan Dixon concerning Lead Agency Regulatory Enforcement.
- OFFICIAL LETTER FROM CLFA TO BOF REGARDING ECONOMIC AND FISCAL IMPACTS FOR COHO SALMON INCIDENTAL TAKE ASSISTANCE, 2007: On October 8, 2007 CLFA submitted official comments to the Board of Forestry addendums to the Economic and Fiscal Impact Statement, dated September 4th and 13th, regarding Coho Salmon Incidental Take Assistance, 2007.
- OFFICIAL LETTER FROM CLFA TO BOF REGARDING EMERGENCY NOTICE FOR FUEL HAZARD REDUCTION, 2007: On October 10, 2007 CLFA submitted official comments to the Board of Forestry regarding the Emergency Notice for Fuel Hazard Reduction, 2007 rule package.
- CLFA Response to ARB Forest Protocols: On September 24, CLFA submitted official comments to Mary D. Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board, regarding the upcoming decision of the ARB to adopt forestry protocols
- CLFA SOLICITS BMP PRACTICES PROJECTS: On September 5, 2007 CLFA sent a letter to various forest landowner contacts seeking landowners willing to sponsor a performance-based experimental project.
- CLFA RESPONDS TO APPOINTMENTS TO THE CALIFORNIA-NEVADA TAHOE BASIN FIRE COMMISSION: On August 20, 2007 CLFA submitted a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger stating concern that he had not appointed a Registered Professional Forester to participate in the California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission.
- CLFA CORRESPONDS WITH THE STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICER REGARDING ARCHAEOLOGICAL RECORDS CHECK FEES: On July 31, 2007, CLFA sent a letter to the State Historic Preservation Officer stating CLFA’s concern about the costs related to archaeological records checks at the Information Centers. The letter also offered CLFA’s cooperation with the Office of Historic Preservation and the Information Centers to resolve the issue and presented ideas to consider.
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO JDSF DEIR: On July 16, 2007 CLFA submitted official response to the Jackson Demonstration State Forest DEIR Alternative G to the Board of Forestry.
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO ROAD MANAGEMENT PLAN RULE PACKAGE: On June 23, 2007, CLFA submitted comment letter to the Board of Forestry & Fire Protection on the “Road Management Plan, 2007” rule package.
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO COHO SALMON INCIDENTAL TAKE: On June 25, 2007, CLFA submitted responses to the California Board of Forestryand Fire Protection on the proposed “Coho Salmon Incidental Take Assistance, 2007” and to the California Department of Fish and Game on the proposed “Incidental Take Permit Guidelines for Timber Operations, 2007” regarding proposed bonding requirements.
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ZONING PROPOSAL: On April 30, 2007 CLFA provided comments to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors regarding their proposal to increase minimum acreages for Timber Production Zone (TPZ), which was to be on their May 1 meeting agenda.
- CLFA OPPOSES SB 466: On April 18, 2007 CLFA submitted a letter to the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality concerning SB 466 (Steinberg). CLFA’s position on the bill in its current form is “Oppose Unless Amended”. One provision of this bill adds July 1 as an additional date (to the current January 1 date) when new non-emergency forest practice rules can be implemented. CLFA sponsored the original bill (SB 220) that was passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Wilson in 1995 to allow non-emergency forest practice rules to be implemented only on January 1 each year.
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO STRAWMAN VERSION 6: On March 21, 2007 CLFA submitted comments on the Board of Forestry’s “Strawman Version 6”, dated 2/28/07, a draft series of Forest Practice Rule changes designed to add Incidental Take Permit provisions for state-listed coho salmon.
- CLFA/NorCal SAF SPONSOR “FORESTRY 101” FOR LEGISLATORS & STAFF: Once again, a “Forestry 101” session short-course on California Forestry for California Legislators and Staff will be presented on Tuesday, March 27 at the State Capitol. This educational event is co-sponsored by CLFA and the Northern California Society of American Foresters.
- FOREST POLICY SUGGESTIONS FOR 2007: On January 23, 2007 CLFA submitted a letter to the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (BOF) with Forest Policy Suggestions for 2007.
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO DRAFT COHO RULE PACKAGE: On January 4, 2007, CLFA submitted an official response to the Board of Forestry & Fire Protection regarding the draft rule package “Minimization and Mitigation Measures for Timber Operations in Watersheds with Listed Anadromous Salmonids”.
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO RMP: On September 7, 2006, CLFA submitted a letter of support for the Board of Forestry’s “Road Management Plan, 2006”.
- OFFICIAL CLFA POSITION ON SB 1342: On May 31, 2006 CLFA submitted a letter to Senator Chesbro stating CLFA’s position of “oppose, unless amended” to SB 1342. SB 1342 proposes to lengthen the minimum effective period for a THP from three to five years. However, this change is limited to only those THPs dedicated to the exclusive use of uneven age silviculture. The bill also specifically excludes the Southern Subdistrict of the Coast Forest District (timberlands within Central Coast and Bay Area counties) from its provisions.
- CLFA SUGGESTS POSSIBLE FPA CHANGES TO BOF: On May 2, 2006, CLFA wrote to the Board of Forestry to submit suggestions for possible changes to the Forest Practice Act.
CLFA OPPOSES LEGISLATION: On March 22, 2006 CLFA issued official letters
in opposition to the following bills in the California Legislature: SB
1310 & SB 1535 (Kuehl) , SB 1799 (Perata), and SB 1342 (Chesbro) [oppose
CLFA COMMENTS ON JDSF DEIR: On January 28, 2006 CLFA submitted a letter
to the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection with official CLFA comments
on the Jackson Demonstration State Forest DEIR.
Comment period on the DEIR concludes February 14, 2006.
- CLFA SUBMITS SUMMARY OF WHITE PAPERS TO BOARD OF FORESTRY AT THEIR DECEMBER 2005 MEETING: All three CLFA White Papers are available at www.clfa.org.
- CLFA SUBMITS SUGGESTIONS TO BOF FOR 2006 PRIORITIES: CLFA submitted official comments and suggestions for 2006 Board of Forestry priorities on December 7, 2005.
- CLFA ISSUES THIRD WHITE PAPER: On Thursday, July 14, CLFA will present to the Board of Forestry the third White Paper titled “California’s National Forests: Active Management a Key to Sustainable Forestry in the Golden State”. The first and second (in the series) of CLFA White Papers presented to the BOF earlier this year are posted below.
CLFA RECEIVES RESOLUTIONS IN HONOR OF 25TH ANNIVERSARY: During the CLFA
Annual Conference, March 4-5, 2005, the State Legislature and the Board
of Forestry and Fire Protection presented resolutions in honor of CLFA’s
25th year. Assemblyman Rick Keene and Senator Sam Aanestad co-sponsored
the Legislature’s resolution, which was presented by Assemblyman
Keene during his luncheon address to the conference on Saturday. George
“YG” Gentry, BOF Executive Officer, presented the BOF Resolution
during the 25th Anniversary Celebration portion of Friday’s conference agenda.
California Legislature’s Resolution
Keene presents resolution to Chris Quirmbach & Eric Schallon
framed Legislature Resolution
Thank You Letter to
Thank You Letter
to Senator Aanestad
- Text of BOF Resolution
- Thank You Letter to BOF
- Text of
CLFA PRESENTS SECOND WHITE PAPER TO BOF: CLFA will present this second
in a series of three white papers to the Board of Forestry on January 5,
2005. The paper is entitled “Natural Resource Governance and Forest Sustainability” (see below for the first paper submitted).
CLFA SUBMITS WHITE PAPER
TO BOF: At the November 2004 BOF meeting, CLFA will present
a white paper entitled “Natural Resource Literacy and Public Policy: An
expanded Role for the California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection?”.
- CLFA’S CALIFORNIA FORESTRY 2050 - ”What do we want our forests to look like, and how do we get there?”
- OFFICIAL CLFA COMMENTS ON DFG 1600 FEE INCREASE PROPOSAL: On July 7, 2005, CLFA submitted official comment to the California Department of Fish & Game regarding DFG’s proposed 1600 Agreement fee increases. Public comments are due by July 11 and a public hearing is scheduled for the same date.
- OFFICIAL CLFA COMMENTS TO BOE ON TIMBER TAX MANUAL: On July 7, 2005, CLFA submitted official comment on the State Board of Equalization’s Draft Timber Tax Manual.
- CLFA OPPOSES SB 646: On June 10, 2005 CLFA submitted a letter to Senator Sheila Kuehl opposing her SB 646, as amended 6/8/05. SB 646 calls for a tax, in the form of an annual fee, for water quality waivers issued for timber operations.
- CLFA OPPOSES AB 715 AND SB 744: On June 8, 2005 CLFA submitted letters in opposition to AB 715 (as amended 4/14/05) and SB 744 (as amended 5/16/05). AB 715 would give the Legislature veto power over the Governor’s recommendations to the federal government with regard to the management of Inventoried Roadless Areas within California. SB 744 proposes to require applicants for Timber Harvest Plans to post them on the Internet, and then to also tax these same applicants, in the form of a fee, to cover “appropriate administrative costs” for complying with this new burden.
- CLFA OPPOSES AB 715: On May 16, 2005 CLFA sent a letter to the Assembly Appropriations Committee in opposition of AB 715 (Levine). AB 715 concerns the management of inventoried roadless areas on USDA Forest Service lands in California.
- OFFICIAL CLFA COMMENTS TO CVRWQCB: On April 20, 2005 CLFA submitted comments to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVRWQCB) regarding the “Extension of Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges Related to Timber Harvest Activities”.
- CLFA SUPPORTS AB 1705: On April 12, 2005 CLFA wrote a letter to Assemblyman Rick Keene in support of his bill, AB 1705. AB 1705 proposes to change the definition of timberland so as to exclude all parcels less than 1 acre in size and additional parcels up to three acres in size from being regulated under the Z’Berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act (FPA); defines timberlands exempt from regulation to include lands scheduled for a project approved under the California Environmental Quality Act; and creates a Planning Watershed Timber Harvesting Plan (THP), a state permit allowing landowners to harvest timber on lands within a watershed for up to ten years.
- CLFA SUPPORTS AB 887: On April 5, 2005 CLFA wrote a letter to Assemblyman Michael Villines in support of his bill, AB 887. AB 887 proposes to lengthen the time a THP may initially be valid from three to ten (10) years, with the additional optional one-year extensions remaining unchanged.
- CLFA OPPOSES SB 646: On March 30, 2005 CLFA submitted a letter in opposition to Senator Sheila Kuehl’s SB 646. SB 646 proposes to disallow the issuance of a Water Quality waiver in the event that the pertinent water body is listed as impaired pursuant to federal law. The bill will also require the payment of a fee by Timber Harvest Plan proponents, and others impacted by this legislation, to cover the costs of the waiver program.
- CLFA WRITES TO GOVERNOR REGARDING LOCKYER LAWSUIT ON SIERRA NEVADA FRAMEWORK: On March 18, 2005 CLFA wrote to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger expressing concerns about the recently filed lawsuit by Attorney General Bill Lockyer. The lawsuit aims to stop forest management activities proposed in the revised Sierra Nevada Framework.
- CLFA COMMENTS ON PROPOSED BOF ELIMINATION: On 1/31/05, CLFA sent a letter to the Little Hoover Commission with official CLFA comments on the Governor’s Reorganization Plan 1 (GRP1), Proposal to Eliminate the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Little Hoover Commission is charged with reviewing the Governor’s proposals and submitting a report back to the Governor and the Legislature.
- CLFA SUBMITS SUGGESTIONS TO BOF FOR 2005: On December 8, 2004, CLFA presented to the Board of Forestry a letter outlining CLFA’s suggestions for BOF Tasks and Goals, 2005.
- TMDL IMPLEMENTATION IN NORTH COAST REGION: On November 11, 2004 CLFA submitted official comment to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board regarding their Order No. R1-2004-0087 (Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation for Sediment Impaired Receiving Waters in the North Coast Region).
- FUEL HAZARD REDUCTION PROPOSAL: On October 18, 2004 CLFA submitted official response to the Board of Forestry rule proposal “Fuel Hazard Reduction, 2004″.
- CLFA’S INPUT TO BOF ON RMP: On October 4, 2004 CLFA submitted written comment on the 45-day notice for the “Road Management Plan, 2004″ proposed rule package.
- CLFA’S CPR RESPONSE: On September 30, 2004, CLFA submitted a letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with comments on the California Performance Review (CPR) covering: 1) the proposal to split the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; 2) the proposal to eliminate the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection; 3) improving the Timber Harvest Plan development and review process; 4) reorganization of the California Environmental Protection Agency; and 5) simplification of the process for interagency work authorizations.
- CLFA LETTER TO STATE PARK AND RECREATION COMMISSION:On September 21, 2004, CLFA sent a letter to the State Park and Recreation Commission regarding “Fire Prevention for Parks and Private Landowners within Special Treatment Areas”. The purpose of the letter is to discuss the need for an understanding of the risks posed to landowners on both sides of the property line.
- CLFA ASKS GOVERNOR TO VETO BILL: On September 7, 2004, CLFA wrote to Governor Schwarzenegger asking him to veto SB 1648 (Chesbro), which addresses the management of California’s system of state demonstration forests, most specifically the Jackson Demonstration State Forest in Mendocino County.
- CLFA COMMENTS ON AB 47 MAPPING REQUIREMENTS: Official CLFA response (August 6, 2004) to the Board of Forestry “AB 47 Mapping Requirements, 2004″ 45-day notice rule package.
- CLFA SUBMITS OPPOSITION LETTERS TO ASSEMBLY: On July 27, 2004, CLFA submitted opposition letters on SB 754 (Heritage Tree Preservation Act) andSB 1648 (Demonstration State Forests) to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO BOF TRANSITION SILVICULTURE, 2004 RULES: On July 9, 2004 CLFA submitted written comments in response to the 15-day notice on the Board of Forestry proposed rulemaking package (Transition Silviculture, 2004).
- LISTING OF COHO SALMON: On June 23, 2004, CLFA submitted official comment to the California Fish and Game Commission on the notice of proposed changes in regulation (Listing of Coho Salmon).
FOREST PEST DETECTION REPORT: The California Forest Pest Council
is sponsoring a survey of forest pests and has developed a FOREST PEST DETECTION REPORT. The Board of Forestry is particularly interested
in Western Gull Rust and the prevalence of this species.
- CLFA CONTINUES TO OPPOSE SB 1648:On June 1, 2004, CLFA submitted a letter to Senator Wesley Chesbro, author of SB 1648 (Jackson Demonstration State Forest), and members of the Assembly Natural Resource Committee, in continued opposition to the bill (see other CLFA correspondence regarding this bill below at ”CLFA Opposes SB 1648).
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO AB 2420: On May 28, 2004 CLFA submitted a letter to Senator Sheila Kuehl, Chairperson of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, to recommend support of AB 2420 (LaMalfa) (if amended). AB 2420 provides regulatory relief to landowners and communities who are faced with a fire threat..
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO NCRWQCB ORDER NO. 41-2004-0016: On May 28, 2004 CLFA submitted written comments to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board concerning the “Categorical Waiver and Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges Related to Timber Harvest Activities on Non-Federal Lands in the North Coast Region”
- CLFA RESPONSE TO DFG FEE INCREASE PROPOSAL: On Monday, May 24, 2004, CLFA submittal an official response to the California Department of Fish & Game regarding DFG proposed increases in Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements fee schedules.
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO BOF TRANSITION SILVICULTURE METHOD RULE PACKAGE: CLFA has submitted written comments to the Board of Forestry & Fire Protection on the Transition Silviculture Method 2004 rule package.
OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO NCRWQCB: CLFA
provided testimony and written response (dated 511/04) to the north Coast
Regional Water Quality Control Board Order No. R1-2004-0016, Categorical
Waiver and Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges Related to Timber
Harvest Activities on Non-Federal Lands in the North Coast Region.
SB 1648: On April 1, 2004 CLFA submitted a letter in opposition
to SB 1648 (Chesbro) to the Senate Appropriations Committee. SB 1648, among
other things, changes the purpose of the state demonstration forests as
well as constraining management flexibility at Jackson Demonstration State
CLFA SUBMITS SUGGESTIONS
TO BOF ON CLASSIFICATION OF WATERCOURSES: After discussion
at the Board of Forestry Forest Practice Committee in January concerning
confusion surrounding the classification of watercourses under the Forest
Practice Rules, the committee asked for suggestions specifically regarding
the classification of Class II and Class III watercourses. CLFA submitted
a letter to the Committee with several suggestions and clarifications.
OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO CALIFORNIA PERFORMANCE REVIEW: CLFA
has submitted two letters to The California Performance Review (CPR) set
up by Governor Schwarzenegger to allow input on ideas for changes to the
state government. The letters provide ideas on changes in FOREST
MANAGEMENT and FOREST FUEL REDUCTION.
OFFICIAL CLFA SCOPING COMMENTS ON JACKSON DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST EIR:
CLFA submitted a letter to the State Board of Forestry & Fire Protection with
suggestions for management changes on the forest in an effort to get the state
forest back to meeting its legislative intent.
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO SB 1648: CLFA has written a letter to Senator Wesley Chesbro opposing his SB 1648 legislation. This bill would, among other things, remove 12,000 acres from management in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest and restrict even-age management.
- CLFA RESPONSE - PROPOSED NAPA COUNTY RULES: On February 27, 2004, CLFA submitted to the Board of Forestry an official response to the “Proposed Napa County Rules 2004″. Napa County is proposing special Forest Practices Rules, which will require approval by the Board of Forestry.
- CLFA SUBMITS LETTER TO BOF REGARDING STREAMLINING THE PROCESS:CLFA has developed a list of proposed issues/ideas for streamlining red tape while maintaining strong standards of environmental and recognizing the regulatory burden being placed on forest landowners and the impact on the ability of those landowners to keep their lands in timber production. This has been submitted (February 20, 2004) to the BOF Ad Hoc Roads and Watershed Management Committee. CLFA will continue to review other sections of the Forest Practice Rules for additional suggestions to submit to the BOF.
- CLFA ISSUES PRESS RELEASE REGARDING STATE NURSERIES: On February 19, 2004, CLFA issued a media press released entitled “Budget Woes at CDF Tree Nurseries Harming State’s Environment, Biodiversity”.
- CLFA REQUESTS OAL TO RE-INSTATE PETITION PROCESS: On December 10, 2003 CLFA requested the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) to re-instate the petition process which has recently been suspended due to budget constraints.
- CLFA SUBMITS SUGGESTIONS FOR BOF 2004 PRIORITY LIST: At the December 2003 Board of Forestry meeting, the board will be putting together their list of priorities for 2004. CLFA submitted a letter on December 4 to the BOF with several suggestions for the board to consider.
CLFA LETTER TO FIRE SAFE COUNCIL: CLFA has written a letter to the Chair
of the California Fire Safe Council providing information as to when the
various Fire Safe Councils throughout the state need to use the expertise
of a Registered Professional Forester in their projects.
- SAF/USDA MOU – CERTIFIED FORESTERS: Official CLFA RESPONSE (8/2/03) to SAF/USDA MOU calling to SAF’s attention licensing requirements in California. (See additional CLFA comments on SAF’s Certified Forester Program below.
- CLFA CORRESPONDENCE TO LA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT: CLFA has sent a letter to the Los Angeles County Fire Department in response to their announcement for “Assistant Chief, Forestry” position which no longer requires the applicant to hold an RPF license. This position will be responsible for supervision of the Forestry Division’s Vegetation Management Program. The activities of this program take place on forested and oak woodlands located in the service area of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSE TO “KUEHL REPORT”: CLFA has responded to the Senate Natural Resources Committee Report (see below), also known as the Kuehl Report.
- CLFA CORRESPONDENCE TO SAF: CLFA has sent a letter to the national SAF headquarters to inform them of the license requirements for practicing forestry in the state of California and that the “Certified Forester” issued by SAF does not allow someone to provide services on non-federal lands unless they also hold a valid RPF license. SAF is granting the Certified Forester designation and publicly acknowledges those that have met SAF’s professional forestry education and experience requirements. A national Certified Forester Directory on SAF’s website provides the public with a prominent listing of those professionals who have earned the Certified Forester distinction, and for those who hold an RPF license, the information should be listed on the SAF website along with an explanation that the RPF license is required if one is to provide professional forestry services in California.
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSES TO BOARD OF FORESTRY RULE PACKAGES: On October 3, 2003, CLFA submitted official response letters to 15-day notices regarding the following proposed BOF rule packages:VARIABLE RETENTION – 2003, HARDWOOD RETENTION – 2003, andROAD MANAGEMENT PLAN – 2003. At the October BOF meeting, the Board approved the VR package and the HR and RMP packages were sent back to committee.
- CLFA REQUESTS VETO OF SB 810: On September 17, 2003 CLFA sent a letter to Governor Gray Davis asking him to veto SB 810 (Burton). SB 810 grants regional water boards additional authority in THP review. Governor Davis has until October 12 to sign or veto legislation sent to him by the legislature.
- OFFICAL CLFA RESPONSE TO SACRAMENTO BEE EDITORIAL: On September 2, CLFA submitted a “Letter to the Editor” to the Sacramento Bee in response to a Bee editorial, 8/29/03, regarding the imminent closing of the Wetsel-Oviatt Lumber Mill. To read the Sacramento
- OFFICIAL CLFA RESPONSES TO BOARD OF FORESTRY RULE PACKAGES: On August 29, 2003, CLFA submitted official response letters to the Board of Forestry regarding the following proposed rule packages:HARDWOOD RETENTION – 2003; VARIABLE RETENTION – 2003; andROAD MANAGEMENT PLAN – 2003.
PROTECTION EXTENSION, 2003: Official CLFA Official CLFA RESPONSE to 45-day Notice of proposed Board of Forestry “Watershed Protection Extension, 2003″ for the BOF hearing at their August meeting.
CLFA RESPONDS TO SB 18: Official CLFA response to Senator John Burton,
author of Senate Bill 18, which mandates additional protection for certain
Native American cultural sites.
CLFA RESPONDS TO LEGISLATION: Official CLFA responses June 19,
2003 to SB 923 (Sher) and SB 754 (Heritage Tree Preservation Act).
OAK RETENTION & WATERCOURSE CLASSIFICATION: Official CLFA Comments
submitted April 2003 to the Board of Forestry & Fire Protection onOAK
RETENTION STANDARDS and WATERCOURSE
CLFA RESPONDS TO ASSEMBLY AND SENATE BILLS: Official CLFA response to:
AJR 11, AB 47, AB 344, AB 561,
AB 1168, and SB 810
- CLFA FILES BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF SUIT: CLFA has filed an Amicus Curiae Brief (Friends of the Court) in support of a suit filed by Donald H. Weburg, Petitioner, v. the State Board of Forestry for the State of California and Does 1-20, Respondents, in the Superior Court of the State of California in and for the County of Sacramento. This case presents the question to the court as to whether an applicant for a timber harvest plan under the Z’Berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act can be compelled to submit a survey for certain plant species as a condition of approval. CDF and the BOF both denied approval of a THP submitted by Weburg because petitioner refused to agree to submit a survey of the proposedharvest area for the purpose of determining the presence or absence of certain plants species. Weburg based his refusal on the provisions of Fish and Game Code section 1913, which sets forth in statute the method by which rare, threatened and endangered plants are to be preserved, protected and enhanced in the course of commercial timber operations. The Court has accepted CLFA’s brief as part of the case.
DFG 1606 PROCESS: The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has
developed a process for implementation of DFG Code Section 1606. The pilot
program that will implement this process starts November 1, 2002 and will
be applicable in the following six northern counties: Shasta, Siskiyou,
Trinity, Tehama, Lassen and Modoc. The process joins the development of
1603 agreements within CDF’s public comment period for harvesting plans
and relies on specified information provided in the plan to substitute for
the current 1603 notification process. Notification under this process and
development of the 1603 agreement during review of the plan will allow DFG
to issue the final 1603 agreement soon after plan approval. For more detailed
information, please download or view the following document “Notification
Standards for Implementation of Fish and Came Code Section 1606″, or
contact DFG staff Bruce Webb @ 530.225.3714, Mary Ann Quarisa @ 530.225.2367, or Curt Babcock @ 530.225.2740.
CDF NATIVE AMERICAN CONTACT LIST: CLFA has written a letter to
the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) requesting answers to questions CLFA has concerning the expanded list of contacts on the CDF Native American Contact list (December 10, 2001).
- STREAMBED ALTERATION AGREEMENT PROCESS: CLFA has written to the Department of Fish & Game requesting they consider a policy that will utilize the THP functional equivalence to secure performance of Streambed Alteration Agreements.
BOTANICAL SURVEYS: On February 18, Bill Apger submitted a
letter to Andrea Tuttle, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
Director, and Robert Hight, Department of Fish and Game Director, requesting that CDF discontinue the practice of requiring botanical surveys as a condition of approval for harvesting plans. The letter also requests that DFG discontinue its practice of requiring botanical surveys as a condition of approval of plans in its recommendations to plans. The letter was submitted on behalf of several RPFs and other resource professionals.
- MEADOW VISTA PTEIR NOW AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE: The Meadow Vista Program Timberland Environmental Impact Report (PTEIR) was prepared by the Placer County Resource Conservation District, with assistance from CDF, to make it easier for landowners in the Meadow Vista Community to conduct fuels reduction treatments that also yield some revenue from commercial timber harvest. A programmatic timber harvesting plan (PTHP) must be prepared for each individual fuel treatment project, and each PTHP must be consistent with the PTEIR. According to FRAP (Fire & Resource Assessment Program), the PTEIR provides a potentially useful model for other efforts to use a programmatic EIR approach to facilitating timber management across multiple small forestland ownerships.
- BOTANICAL ISSUES: from Niel Fischer to Robert Floerke, Regional Manager, Central Coast Region, Department of Fish & Game (DFG), regarding botanical issues related to timber harvesting and request for current written DFG policy.
- Raptor Survey Requirements for THP Applicants: Letter to William Apger, dated 10/10/01,
- from Department of Fish & Game concerning Raptor Survey Requirements for Timber Harvesting Plan Applicants.
(April 8th) of the proposed rules package which we understand is the version
that will be submitted to the Board of Forestry.
to view the proposed rule package and 45-day notice.