another wilderness bill

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here is another wilderness bill introduced in the state legislature yesterday.
actually it is just a resolution by an enviro state senator to urge passage of the boxer wilderness bill.


BILL NUMBER: SJR 52 INTRODUCED
BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY Senators Kuehl, Alpert, McPherson, Peace, Sher, Soto,
and Torlakson
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Alquist, Aroner, Cedillo, Chu, Diaz,
Goldberg, Kehoe, Longville, Nation, Pavley, Shelley, Strom-Martin,
and Wiggins)

AUGUST 8, 2002

Senate Joint Resolution No. 52--Relative to the California Wild
Heritage Act of 2002.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SJR 52, as introduced, Kuehl. California Wild Heritage Act of
2002.
This measure would memorialize the President of the United States
and Congress to enact S. 2535, the California Wild Heritage Act of
2002.
Fiscal committee: no.




WHEREAS, California's public lands contain an invaluable and
irreplaceable diversity of ecosystems; and
WHEREAS, Increasing population growth and expansion of urban and
suburban developments threaten the integrity of many of these
ecosystems; and
WHEREAS, These ecosystems provide critical habitat to native flora
and fauna, 293 of which are listed as rare, threatened, or
endangered; and
WHEREAS, Protection and maintenance of these wildlands preserves
the health of watersheds essential to safe and good quality water for
agricultural uses and human consumption; and
WHEREAS, Many of California's wild lands include sites, including
flora and fauna sacred and spiritually valuable to Native American
tribes; and
WHEREAS, The deserts, coasts, riparian areas, mountains, valleys,
and chaparral of California have shaped the history and the cultural
heritage of California; and
WHEREAS, Protection and maintenance of California's wild and
scenic rivers is an essential component of the survival and recovery
of threatened salmon and other fish species; and
WHEREAS, Conservation and restoration of California's natural
resources also benefits our recreation and tourism industries; and
WHEREAS, Senator Barbara Boxer has authored the California Wild
Heritage Act of 2002 to protect 81 areas, totaling 2.5 million
publicly held acres of the state scattered throughout 36 counties;
and
WHEREAS, The California Wild Heritage Act of 2002 designates 22
wild and scenic rivers totaling 440 miles of riparian systems; and
WHEREAS, The California Wild Heritage Act of 2002 protects the
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest where the oldest living trees have
flourished in the harsh environment of the White-Inyo Mountain range
for over 4,000 years; and
WHEREAS, The California Wild Heritage Act of 2002 provides
enhanced protections critical for the continued conservation of
unique and fragile areas of coastal, chaparral, pinon-juniper,
mountain, forest and desert habitat currently classified as National
Forest, National Park, or Bureau of Land Management Lands; and
WHEREAS, The California Wild Heritage Act of 2002 designates Cache
Creek and the East Fork of the Carson River as "Wild and Scenic
Rivers Study Areas"; and
WHEREAS, The California Wild Heritage Act of 2002 establishes the
"Sacramento River National Conservation Area"; and
WHEREAS, The California Wild Heritage Act of 2002 balances the
needs of the military, agricultural, law enforcement, firefighting,
and recreational-use communities with the intrinsic environmental
value of the wilderness areas; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and Assembly of the State of California
jointly, That the Legislature respectfully memorializes the President
and the United States Congress to enact S.2535, the California Wild
Heritage Act of 2002, as introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer, and to
be introduced by Representatives Hilda Solis and Mike Thompson; and
be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this
resolution to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the
Chairpersons of the House and Senate Taxation Committees, and to each
Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the
United States.




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