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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 11, 2013

Proposed State Budget Increases Support For Natural Resource Management

press release from California Native Plant Society

CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY SUPPORTS GOVERNOR BROWN’S BUDGET RE: FOREST AND TIMBER HARVEST MANAGEMENT

Sacramento, CA – The California Native Plant Society commends Governor Brown and is pleased to support his proposed budget increases to the State’s forestry and timber harvest management programs. Each department with a role in this important natural resource program is slated to receive increased staffing, but most important to protecting wildlife and native plant resources is the increase to the Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW).

Legislation enacted in 2012 (AB 1492) established a new 1% assessment on lumber and wood products sold in California with the revenue dedicated to specific forestry and timber harvesting management activities.

Numerous budget cuts in recent years nearly eliminated the ability of the DFW to engage in the interdisciplinary review of forest management practices which is so necessary to protect wildlife and plant resources in the State. The Department is in line for an additional 35 staff positions and $5.3 million.

This combined with previous budgets will give DFW approximately 45 positions for this work, still short of what the Department estimates is needed to adequately review of all timber harvest plans and an in-field review of 50% of timber harvests. A review by DFW is important because it is the only entity that specifically looks for and recommends mitigation for impacts to wildlife and native plant populations and habitat.

“We commend the Governor for making good on the promises of last year and putting this new revenue to work protecting critical rare and at-risk native plant and other wildlife resources,” said Dan Gluesenkamp, Executive Director. “We look forward working with the Governor and the Legislature to ensure this budget proposal is adopted and this important work is begun.”

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Since 1965, CNPS has worked to protect California’s native plant heritage and preserve it for future generations. CNPS actively promotes the use of science in land use and management decisions. We work closely with decision-makers, scientists, and local planners to advocate for well-informed and environmental friendly policies, regulations, and land management practices.

Our nearly 10,000 members work to promote native plant appreciation, research, education, and conservation through our five statewide programs and 33 regional chapters in California. The mission of CNPS is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants.

www.cnps.org

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