CCFA wins a round in the suit petitioning for delisting of coho salmon south of San Francisco

February 28, 2017

Our ongoing quest to delist the coho salmon south of San Francisco has one a round in the California Supreme Court.  CCFA have been arguing for years that coho are NOT native south of San Francisco and that our streams cannot successfully support a coho population without continuous human intervention.  Ten years ago, we hit a roadblock […]

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California Legislation 22 August 2016

August 23, 2016

The legislative session has passed the final date to amend the bills, August 15, and is now rushing to complete passage of what remains on the books. The latest amendments on a number of bills raised some doubts on our part. AB-197 was significantly rewritten on August 19.  It now has much more social engineering […]

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California legislation – July 10, 2015

July 11, 2015

Next week will be incredibly busy, since the deadline for bills to pass the policy committees is July 18.  After that, the legislature goes on leave for a month, giving us all a breather.  Actions of interest for this week:  AB-56 Unmanned aircraft systems has been amended.  The changes still do not fully address the […]

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Legislation Update – June 26

June 29, 2015

The active bills are now working their ways through the non-origin house (i.e., active Assembly bills are now in the Senate, active Senate bills are now in the Assembly). The most interesting amendments for this week are: AB-56 Unmanned aircraft systems. ( has stepped its data collection restrictions down from all public agencies to just law […]

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California adopts emergency regulation for removing dead and dying trees

June 24, 2015

The California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has adopted an emergency regulation for removal of dead and dying trees. The emergency regulation will allow individual landowners or professional foresters to apply for an exemption to cut dead and dying trees of any size without the typical timber harvest plan, submission requirements, and completion and stocking report requirements. […]

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The latest developments for the EPA and the Clean Water Act

June 16, 2015

In October of last year, CCFA joined the Farm Bureau and several other rural voices in opposing the EPA’s latest attempt to redefine the scope of the Clean Water Act to the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), which would include just about every mud puddle and golf course water trap in America. We hope […]

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CA Legislative Update June 12

June 13, 2015

This week was mostly spent assigning bills to their committees now that they have crossed over to the other legislative house.  A few bills did get amended and two bills caught my attention. AB-453 has just added provisions that allow local water agencies to impose fees and collect data on groundwater extractions.  There is no […]

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SRA Fee (Fire Tax) Update

June 13, 2015

As fire tax season approaches again for this year, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) reports the following about SRA fees, aka the Fire Tax. The state has once again been able to delay the progress of the HJTA class action lawsuit challenging the legality of the SRA fee.  They report their “Motion to Certify […]

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Of Working Lands and Open Space

June 11, 2015

April was a busy month for forestry interests with the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. On April 14, the Board of Supervisors heard testimony regarding a Working Lands Resolution. (Working lands resolution agenda item 04-13-15) This resolution essentially lists the benefits of working lands, notes that these lands are at risk of conversion, and […]

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Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District Public Hearing June 17 for Proposed Smoke Management Permit Fee

June 7, 2015

There will be a public hearing prior to rule adoption for the Smoke Management Permit Fee Rule 311 on: June 17, 2015 – 1:30 P.M. Location: 24580 Silver Cloud Court, 3rd Floor, Monterey, California The proposed fee structure is: Fee Category                             […]

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