The shape of this year’s legislative committees

January 30, 2015

Bills of interest to our membership will pass through one or more of these committees.  We watch not only bills directly related to forestry, but also bills that affect rural living and the side aspects of running a forestry business, including water policy, air policy, wildlife policy, including endangered species, taxation, markets, and use of […]

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2015 CA legislative calendar in a nutshell

January 30, 2015

Calendar: Jan 1 Statutes from previous legislation take effect Jan 5 Legislature reconvenes Jan 10 Budget must be submitted by Governor Jan 19 Martin Luther King Jr Day Holiday Jan 30 Last day to submit bill requests to the Office of Legislative Counsel Feb 16 Presidents’ Day Holiday Feb 27 Last day for bills to […]

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Conservation Stewardship Program changes are proposed 

November 15, 2014

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill continues, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced proposed changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program, one of USDA’s largest conservation programs for working agricultural lands. “Farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial forestland owners enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program are our nation’s conservation leaders as they […]

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Can you be fined for violating an unrecorded easement? Breinig v. Martin County

November 10, 2014

Pacific Legal Foundation has taken on a Florida case that asks the question: is an unrecorded conservation easement enforceable? Robert and Anita Breinig own the Flash Beach Grille in Martin County, Florida.  Unknown to them, a previous owner had set aside a portion of the property under a conservation easement to obtain a county permit. […]

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SRA Fees Update: the lawsuit continues while the money funds a grant program 

November 3, 2014

The legislative session is over for 2014, but litigation continues on the validity of the State Responsibility Area “fire prevention fees”.  The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) reports that their suit to overturn the fee is being stalled by the state, which is filing “demurrers”, which are requests to dismiss the suit based on legal or […]

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Succession Planning Part 4: Succession, California Style, or How Prop 13 Affects Everything

October 23, 2014

When people work on their succession planning, estate taxes loom large in their minds.  We all worry that paying the estate tax will break the business and try to plan accordingly.  This may be the least of our problems, at least in California.  An estate tax is a one-time deal; but a change in property […]

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Upcoming Events

October 16, 2014

The calendar now has three new events: Monterey Air Board Prescribed Burn Workshop – October 22, 2014 10:30 am to 1:00 pm Air District Office 24580 Silver Cloud Court Monterey, CA 93940 Exotic Phytophthora Sepcies in Native Plant Nurseries, Restoration Plantings and Wildlands – December 2, 2014 8:30 am-4:30 pm Location: Log Cabin, 1299 Storey Ave, […]

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New Plant Disease Found in California Nurseries Affects Native Plants

October 10, 2014

Phytophthora tentaculata is a plant pathogen that causes root and stalk rot.  It was first isolated in Germany and was thought to be restricted to Europe, but it was found in a Monterey County nursery in 2012 ( and has since been found in nursery stock in Alameda, Butte, Placer and Santa Cruz Counties and […]

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Obtaining Redwood Seedlings

October 9, 2014

There was a time when tree seedlings could be obtained from state-run nurseries.  State budget difficulties led to the closure of the nurseries and forestry has been forced to seek other solutions. If you are looking for seedlings for coastal ecosystems, check with the Green Diamond Nursery in Korbel.  Contact the nursery manager, Glen Lahar, […]

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Newsletters Archive

October 6, 2014

This is a transitional action to provide access our archived newsletters. Fall 2014 AB 1504 (Skinner, 2010) – What it Does AB 1504 Public/Stakeholder Comment Period Deadline: September 26, 2014 CCFA’s Response the AB 1504 Implementation EPA Water Map – Docket ID # EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880 – Stop the EPA’s Water of the United States redefinition CCFA Letter to […]

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