Regulatory Changes

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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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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EPA Proposes Tightening Ground-level Ozone Limits

February 9, 2015

We first caught wind of this move at the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council conference in early December.  Briefly, the EPA is proposing to tighten the existing ground-level ozone standards from 75 ppb (parts per billion) to 65-70 ppb while taking comment on a 60 ppb level. The prescribed fire community was very alarmed about this […]

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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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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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Board of Forestry tackles incorporating AB 32 carbon tracking into forest management

September 22, 2014

AB 1504 (Skinner 2010) amends the Z’berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act of 1973 to guarantee that all its regulations governing commercial timber harvesting take into account the capacity of forests to sequester carbon. The Board of Forestry is tackling the task right now and is accepting comments until September 26.  See 1504 for more information and to […]

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Stop the EPA’s Waters of the United States redefinition

September 15, 2014

You may have seen in our newsletter that the EPA is trying once again to redefine their jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act from “navigable waters of the United States” to “waters of the United States”.  If enacted, the EPA would have jurisdiction over every bit of flowing water or seasonally boggy place in the […]

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Micromanaging water – Who doesn’t get it

August 12, 2014

We reported in our last newsletter about how the EPA is trying, once again, to extend its authority over ALL of the waters of the United States.  They’ve been slapped down multiple times by the Supreme Court, the Legislature has been unsupportive, but their quest continues. Rural industries across the country have been protesting these […]

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Wildfire hazard mitigation – Who doesn’t get it

August 12, 2014

The Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District recently released a letter proposing “cost recovery fees” for burn permits. Burning is one of the most cost-effective and efficient methods of reducing overgrown vegetation and is also environmentally friendly.  Many of our native species depend on fire to germinate seeds and stimulate growth.  It can also […]

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