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Governor Signs Dahle Timber Bill

Governor Brown has signed a bill that will allow private landowners in Nevada County and the rest of the Sierra to cut down larger trees, which also would help reduce fire danger. Current law requires anyone doing any timber harvesting to have a timber harvest plan, but exemptions are provided for trees smaller than 18 inches in diameter. The bill by Nevada County Assemblyman Brian Dahle raises that exemption to 24 inches…

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Dahle says the bill was passed with overwheming bi-partisan support. Critics say the legislation is about logging money, but Dahle insists he authored the measure for environmental reasons…

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Dahle says a timber harvest plan can cost between 30 and 60 thousand dollars. The new law is a three-year pilot program within the boundaries of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, plus Modoc, Siskiyou, and Tehama Counties. Dahle is confident the program will be successful, and plans to take it statewide after the three years.

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