BILL NUMBER: DRAFT 3
January 10, 2003
An act to amend Sections 4631, 4631.5, 4637, 4638, 4639, 4647,
4651, and 4653, of the Public Resources Code, relating to forest resources
and add new Article 5 in Chapter 9 beginning with Section 4665 of the
Public Resources Code.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. Section 4631 of the Public Resources Code is amended to
4631. It is hereby declared
to be in the interest of the
welfare of the people of this state and their industries and other
activities involving the use of wood, lumber, poles, piling, and
other forest products, that the forest lands of the state are important
for demonstrations regarding the sustainable production of timber and
other forest products; demonstrations regarding the maintenance and
re-establishment of late seral forests, including mature and old
growth forests; protection of water quality, fish, wildlife, and
biological diversity; public education, recreation, and aesthetic
enjoyment; and community economic and social benefits. To provide
a balance among these public values, the acquisition and management
of desirable cutover forest lands, including those having young and
old timber growth, be made fully productive and that the holding and
reforestation of such lands is a necessary measure predicated on
waning supplies of original old growth timber . It is further declared
to be the policy of the state to acquire by purchase, exchange, lease,
or grant all of the following:
(a) Such cutover Cutover lands, the reforestation of which is not
assured under private ownership, to reforest such lands during periods of
unemployment and at other times.
(b) Liquidating forest lands primarily suitable for timber production
which may be acquired under precutting agreements the purposes set forth
in this section.
(c) Demonstration forests of 2,000 acres or less adapted to furnish
meet local needs of for investigation, demonstration, and education in
those timber counties where the ownership pattern is such that management of
small areas is an important problem.
(d) One At least one area , not to exceed approximately 40,000 acres,
in each of the following forest districts, Coast Range Pine and Fir
District, North Sierra Pine District and the South Sierra Pine
Southern Sub-District of the Coast District, Northern District, and
Southern District, for the purpose of demonstration of
economical forest management as defined. These
areas shall not include virgin timber except that which is incidental to
areas previously harvested.