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Government Code Provisions

Provisions Relating to Timberland

Chapter 6.7. Timberland*

Article 1. General Provisions

Section 51101

51101. Legislative findings. The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following:

(a) The forest resources and timberlands of this state, together with the forest products industry, contribute substantially to the health and stability of the state's economy and environment by providing high quality timber, employment opportunities, regional economic vitality, resource protection, and aesthetic enjoyment.

(b) The state's increasing population threatens to erode the timberland base and diminish forest resource productivity through pressures to divert timberland to urban and other uses and through pressures to restrict or prohibit timber operations when viewed as being in conflict with nontimberland uses.

(c) A continued and predictable commitment of timberland, and of investment capital, for the growing and harvesting of timber are necessary to ensure the long term productivity of the forest resource, the long-term economic viability of the forest products industry, and long-term stability of local resource-based economies.

History.—Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1489, in effect January 1, 1983. Stats. 1990, Ch. 1600, in effect January 1, 1991, added "regional economic vitality," after "opportunities" in subdivision (a); and substituted "long-term" for "long term" after "the" in both places, substituted a comma for "and" after "resource," and added ", and long-term stability of local resource-based economies" after "industry" in subdivision (c).

* Chapter 6.7 was added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 176, p. 305, in effect May 24, 1976. Secs. 20 and 21 thereof provided no payment by state to local governments because of this act.