2009 California Public Resources Code - Section 4691-4695 :: Article 3. Reforestation Studies And Plans
4691. It is hereby declared to be in the interest of the welfare of the people of this state that the need for wood, lumber, poles, piling, wood pulp and other forest products, augmented by the growth of population, requires all forest lands to be kept in a fully productive condition. It is further declared that there are within the state more than two million acres of burned and cutover lands not now contributing adequately to the growth of forest crops nor to the economy of the state. It is further declared to be in the interest of the people of California that the state determine feasible means and methods for reforesting nonproducing forest lands to the end that all forest lands will be eventually brought up to their maximum growth capacity. 4692. The department may make surveys and prepare maps setting forth the areas of nonrestocking forest lands. 4693. The department may undertake experiments and studies, on lands owned by the state or made available by private owners through cooperative agreements pertinent to determining costs and feasible methods of reforestation by planting, seeding, release of natural seedlings from competing brush, or other procedure deemed promising of the desired results, and involving also brush removal and control, soil preparation and control of rodents or other destructive organisms. 4694. Experimentation and studies shall be conducted with the advice and cooperation of the University of California School of Forestry. 4695. The department may collect the additional seed required, increase the capacity of state nurseries, purchase the necessary equipment and employ the necessary personnel to effectuate the purposes of this article.
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