Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley)
“Carbon Sink Act,” A.B.
1504, cleared the California Senate’s
Committee on Natural Resources and
Water on a vote of 5-3 on Tuesday,
bill would, for the first time, declare
that forest-management goals of California
should include the sequestration of
carbon dioxide, and would require
the California Dept. of Forestry (CDF), in consultation with the state Air
Resources Board, to determine to what
extent existing forestry regulations
and programs are meeting California’s
greenhouse gas reduction goals.
calls and emails to key committee
members urging YES votes made a big
difference on Tuesday, helping
to spur passage of a worthy piece
two other measures that had been scheduled
for a vote this week – Assemblymember
Wesley Chesbro’s (D-North Coast)
watersheds-focused A.B. 2575, and
Assemblymember Tony Mendoza’s
(D-Norwalk) unfortunate timber give-away
A.B. 2163 – have been rescheduled
for a vote at the committee’s
next hearing on June 29.
for Tuesday’s vote was Forests
Forever Legislative Advocate Luke
Breit, who said the win margin would
have been stronger in favor of A.B.
1504 but for the absence of Sen. Christine
Kehoe (D-San Diego), who likely would
have voted in favor of the measure.
The bill also picked up a vote from
Sen. Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando
Valley), who had been only lukewarm
on the matter but ended up giving
it his backing.
here A.B. 1504 moves on to the Senate’s
Environmental Quality Committee, chaired
by Sen. Joe
Alto), likely within the next week.
forests serve as a first-line defense
against CO2 pollution and climate
change. Skinner and Forests Forever
want to recognize and codify that
value so that forests are managed
in a way that enhances their capacity
to keep the air clean.
need to ensure that the CDF accurately
monitors and assesses carbon sequestration
scenarios,” said Forest Forever
Legislative Advocate Luke Breit. “Otherwise
we might even make a bad situation
worse instead of better. We think
A.B. 1504 will help achieve that goal.”
Forever is a sponsor of both A.B.
1504 and A.B. 2575. These measures
offer significant advances in forest
protection and watershed restoration.
further calls in support of Chesbro’s
A.B. 2575 before Tuesday, June 29
could make an important difference
in forest management.
But the bad timber-industry bill is
also poised to score a win – unless we can block its path.
June 29 the natural resources committee
will be voting on Mendoza’s
A.B. 2163. As a follow-up to last
year’s passage of Mendoza’s
A.B. 1066, A.B. 2163 offers an overbroad
and one-sided approach to lengthening
the active period of certain timber
harvest plans (THPs) from three to
urge a NO vote on A.B. 2163!
those who have been following its
progress through the legislative process
are well aware, Chesbro’s A.B.
2575 – the Forests Forever-sponsored
“Comprehensive Forest Land Recovery
and Restoration Act” – focuses on two proposed pilot projects
to be conducted by the CDF to demonstrate
sound techniques for assessing the
effects of logging operations on soil,
air, water, wildlife and climate,
and to protect and repair salmon and
cumulative impacts over time of multiple
development projects in close proximity
are widely acknowledged to be devastating
watershed quality as well as critically
endangered wildlife such as salmon.
A.B. 2575 will begin the healing process
by taking into account all of these
impacts, creating a consistent, over-arching
approach to protecting and restoring
(D-North Coast) at 916-319-2001and
congratulate him on the success so
far of A.B. 2575. Let him know you
support his effort to focus legislation
on the cumulative impacts of multiple
logging projects in fragile watersheds.
(D-Berkeley) at 916-319-2014and
thank her for authoring A.B. 1504,
the “Carbon Sink Act,” and advancing it to the Senate.
senators on the Committee
on Natural Resources and Water
and thank them for voting in favor
of A.B. 1504. Urge them to cast another
another YES vote when A.B. 2575 come
before them on June 29.
ask senators to vote NO on A.B. 2163,
an unnecessary extension of THP timeframes.