Attorney General No.
Secretary of State No.
FOREST PROTECTION. TIMBER HARVESTING. BOND ACT. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Authorizes 10-year state acquisition program for designated ancient forests providing wildlife habitat and 6-year logging moratorium to permit public acquisition; requires wildlife surveys, limits logging. Requires state-funded community service program for loggers displaced by new regulations. Authorizes general obligation bond issue of $742,000,000 to fund acquisition, other provisions. Generally bans clearcutting, burning of forest residues, on all California timberlands. Mandates sustained yield standards. Limits logging near waterways. Imposes timber harvesting permit filing fees. Revises State Board of Forestry membership, imposes conflict of interest standards. Imposes civil penalties for violations. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Measure would result in state costs of $742 million for bond principal, $584 million for interest over 20 years, to acquire ancient forests and to fund community service compensation program for displaced loggers. Imposes annual costs of $3 million to $9 million for enhanced regulatory program; these costs and costs of review and enforcement of existing timber harvesting plans, approximately $6.4 million annually, would be fully offset due to increase in regulatory fees paid by forestry industry. Measure would result in unknown state and local tax revenue losses to extent reductions occur in timber harvesting.
Robert Bennett Sutherland, P.O. Box 996, Redway, California 95560 (707) 923-2931; Cecelia A. Lanman, P.O. Box 936, Arcata, California 95521 (707) 826-0505
Failed to Qualify
Forest Protection. Timber Harvesting. Bond Act. California Initiative 493 (1989).