SB 744 WOULD POST TIMBER HARVEST PLANS ONLINE
A bill that would plug the timber harvest approval process into the Information Age has been introduced by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica).
SB 744 would require the state Board of Forestry to make timber harvesting plans (THPs) available on the web. The bill also would levy a reasonable fee, paid by applicants for a THP, to help offset the administrative costs of posting THPs on the web.
Making THPs available on the internet will greatly improve public access, making it much easier for concerned citizens to find and comment on them. Currently THPs are processed exclusively on paper, making dissemination of this information slow and cumbersome.
Said Hughes, This is an idea that Forests Forever has long advocated.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
SB 744 has cleared the state Senate and will soon come up for a vote on the Assembly floor. Write to your assemblymember and ask him or her to support Sen. Kuehls SB 744.
Patty Berg: <mailto:assemblymember.Berg@assembly.ca.gov>assemblymember.Berg@assembly.ca.gov
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