California Leads On The Environment

The 2017 legislative session came to a close in the predawn hours of September 16th with legislators  already touting it as the most progressive and productive session in memory. Indeed, the Legislature passed a number of high-profile bills that were framed as a direct response or a form of resistance to the actions of the […]

Legislature Takes a Big Step Forward by Passing SB 5

In the final hours of this year’s legislative session, the Legislature took action to protect and restore California’s state and local parks; coastal, forest, and other natural resources; and water quality and supply by passing SB 5 (de León) The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018. […]

Implementing Advance Mitigation in California

On July 21st, Governor Brown signed into law SB 103, a budget trailer bill that builds upon recent efforts to improve advance mitigation in California by making several important modifications to AB 2087 (Levine, 2016). AB 2087 provided the legal authority for the creation of advance mitigation credits based on voluntary and non-regulatory Regional Conservation […]

Prop 64: Marijuana and the Environment

Last Tuesday, voters passed Proposition 64 – the measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana. One of the least known elements of this measure is funding to repair the damage from the illegal cultivation of marijuana and provide better on-going protection for California’s most important natural lands. Prop 64 allocates significant funding to three key […]

Legislature Adopts New Approach to Conservation Planning and Mitigation

Late last night the California Legislature passed AB 2087 (Levine), which provides the legal authority for the creation of advanced mitigation credits based on Regional Conservation Investment Strategies approved by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.  These conservation strategies, while voluntary and non-regulatory, can be used to: Guide investments in resource conservation Guide infrastructure design […]