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The 2017 AB 1492 Program Annual Report to the Legislature is now available here
Program Update Presentation On March 8, the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program provided the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection with an update on some of our activities. A PDF of our presentation is available here.
Development of the California Timber Regulation
and Environmental Evaluation System (CalTREES)
Background The California Natural Resources Agency and CAL FIRE are in the early stages of developing an interagency on-line system for the submission and review of timber harvesting documents, such as Exemptions, Emergencies, Timber Harvesting Plans, and Nonindustrial Timber Management Plans. The California Timber Regulation and Environmental Evaluation System (CalTREES) will be developed in three phases over the next two-and-a-half years.
Initial Public Workshops Held January 23, 2017 On January 23, 2017, we held two public workshops to present information on CalTREES, answer questions, and take comments. The morning workshop targeted those who prepare and submit harvesting documents, and the afternoon workshop targeted the general public. The workshop slide presentation provides an overview of who is leading the development of CalTREES, why we are developing it, the vision and goals for the project, and the development schedule.
Both workshops were webcast and recorded. Here are the links to the recordings:
Ongoing Public Input is Important Gathering public input will be important to ensure that we develop a high quality, user-friendly product. Thus, we will periodically hold additional workshops to get further input as we work to develop CalTREES. Also, if you are interested in playing an active role in providing design input during the development process, please let us know via an email to AB1492Program.Comments@resources.ca.gov
Planning Watershed Pilot Projects – Updated March 6th, 2017
Campbell Creek Planning Watershed Pilot Project Working Group
Developing a Statement of Work As a part of its December 15, 2016, meeting, the Campbell Creek Pilot Project Working Group (PPWG) tasked several members and the Pilot Project Interagency Interdisciplinary Team (PPIIT) to serve as an informal Scope of Work Team and develop a draft Scope of Work (SOW) for the Pilot Project. Following an initial meeting of the Scope of Work Team, the PPIIT has been meeting regularly to develop an initial draft of the SOW, based on the critical questions that were presented in the Pilot Project Concept Paper. This initial draft SOW will come back to the Scope of Work Team for review, and then come to the full PPWG for review and completion.
Campbell Creek Story Maps The Campbell Creek Pilot Project Story Maps, which were demonstrated at the last PPWG meeting, are publicly available, interactive, and introductory tools designed to foster exploration of the Campbell Creek Planning Watershed. The Story Maps represent data used by State departments involved in Timber Harvesting Plan review. Information in the Story Maps serves as a starting point for the Pilot Projects and as a laboratory for the development of an online data collaborative in support of forest management, including restoration.
Following a public call for applicants and nominees and the completion of interviews, we have selected the stakeholder members of the Campbell Creek Planning Watershed Pilot Project Working Group (PPWG). The public stakeholder members are:
|Richard Campbell||Forestry Program Manager, Save the Redwoods League|
|Rob DiPerna||California Forest and Wildlife Advocate, Environmental Protection Information Center|
|Walter Duffy, PhD||Fisheries Scientist, formerly USGS (retired)|
|George Gentry, RPF||Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, California Forestry Association|
|Richard Gienger||Watershed Restorationist and Forest Advocate Associated with the Redwood Forest Foundation Inc. Board and Forests Forever|
|Matt Greene, RPF||Matt Greene Forestry and Biological Consulting|
|Vivian Helliwell||Watershed Conservation Director, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and Institute for Fisheries Resources|
|Jonathan Hvozda||Hydrologist, Lyme Redwood Forest Company|
|Zach Jones, RPF||General Manager, Lyme Redwood Forest Company|
|Cynthia LeDoux-Bloom, PhD||Consulting Fisheries Scientist|
|Mike Liquori||Principal, Sound Watershed|
|Javier Silva||Tribal Environmental Director, Sherwood Valley Rancheria|
We are grateful to have such a skilled group of stakeholders step forward to serve on the Campbell Creek PPWG. We also have nine state and federal agency representatives serving on the PPWG. For a complete listing of all PPWG members, click HERE.
Intent The intent of the pilot projects is to increase efficiencies and effectiveness for timber harvest planning processes and forest restoration. The specific substantive areas proposed to be addressed by the pilot projects include data collection and characterization, identification of information and methods used for cumulative environmental impacts assessment, description of current forest conditions, and the identification of restoration opportunities in forested landscapes. These pilot projects will be collaborative, multi-disciplinary efforts that provide substantial opportunity for public participation.
Implementation Guidance The Forest Planning Watershed Pilot Projects Concept Paper Implementation Draft (available here) describes the approaches to be use in conducting planning-watershed-based pilot projects. This version of the concept paper is intended to serve as the implementation guidance for the initial pilot project, located on the Campbell Creek Planning watershed on the Ten Mile River in Mendocino County. This version has been revised following public input, including at our October 14 and December 15, 2015 public workshops and written comments received. A map of the Campbell Creek planning watershed is available here.
Information Archive An information archive of past materials created during the development of the planning watershed pilot projects is available here. It includes recordings of past workshops, papers, and written comments received.
Informing and Involving the Public
It is the intent of the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration (TRFR) Program to be transparent and to provide the public with frequent and meaningful opportunities to receive information about the work of the Program and to provide input on its direction and methods. To this end, we have developed a set of Public Process Approaches.
As a part of these approaches, we also are in the process of developing an Advisory Committee for the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program. We are being helped in this process by the Center for Collaborative Policy, which is a program of Sacramento State University. The Center has conducted stakeholder interviews and prepared a report based on them. With the assistance of the Center, we have developed a draft charter for the Advisory Committee. Currently, we are holding action on forming the Committee until such time as it is clear that its assistance is needed
Organizing to do our Work
We have formed a Leadership Team and four working groups to conduct much of our work for developing critical elements of the vision of AB 1492. You can access the charters for each of these by clicking on the links below. In the near future, we will be posting draft work plans, which are currently under development, for comment.
Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program The California Natural Resources Agency shares with the California Environmental Protection Agency the responsibility for implementing the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program established in the Public Resources Code (starting at section 4590) under Assembly Bill 1492 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 289, Statutes of 2012). The Natural Resources Agency Assistant Secretary of Forest Resources Management is the lead for coordinating implementation of the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program by the two agencies and their responsible departments or boards [Natural Resources Agency: Department of Conservation (California Geological Survey), Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Environmental Protection Agency: State Water Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards].
The major components of the Timber Regulation in California Forest Restoration Program provide a funding stream via a one-percent assessment on lumber and engineered wood products sold at the retail level, seek transparency and efficiency improvements to the State’s timber harvest regulation programs, provide for development of ecological performance measures, establish a forest restoration grant program, and require program reporting to the Legislature.
A particular challenge for the program will be the development of ecological performance measures for the State’s nonfederal timberlands. While the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency have the lead responsibility for this task, working with the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Effectiveness Monitoring Committee will provide an important opportunity for furthering the work on this task. Hand-in-hand with the ecological performance measures will be the identification and collection of the environmental data that are needed to support the measures. To be successful, the ecological performance measures must have a sound scientific basis and be supported by the review team agencies, other state and federal natural resource agencies, regulated forestland owners, and a wide range of stakeholders. Providing stakeholder input opportunities for the development of ecological performance measures and other aspects of the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program will be critical to the program’s success.
Annual Reporting Assembly Bill 1492 requires annual reporting to the Legislature. The annual reports are available here. The reports provide substantial background and statistics on the work that the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency are undertaking to implement the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program.