The Trust for Public Land on California Legislation Regarding Timing of Environmental Reviews

September 3, 2019
San Francisco, CA

The Trust for Public Land today applauded the recent signing of AB 782 which will clarify the timing of review on the impacts on the environment as required by the California Environmental Quality Act, (CEQA) and will help the state meet its ambitious goals to conserve and protect important resource lands.

The bill was authored by Assembly member Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) and Sponsored by the California Council of Land Trusts (CCLT) and was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday August 30th after receiving broad bi-partisan support in the legislature and will become new California law on January 1st of 2020.

“CCLT would like to thank Governor Newsom for his signature on AB 782”, stated Ane Deister, Executive Director of CCLT, “without this legislation we would likely see continued court challenges cutting against decades of conservation practices by state agencies and land trusts seeking to protect lands critical to preparing the state for the impacts of climate change and our water supply and quality”

“This legislation is critical to ensuring that all Californians have access to public lands, clean water and a healthier environment and we all owe a debt of thanks to Assemblymember Marc Berman for his leadership in authoring this important legislation and his commitment to parks and open space,” said Guillermo Rodriguez, California Director of The Trust for Public Land. “Conservation organizations and public agencies will now have clear direction on how to comply with the critically important California Environmental Quality Act when acquiring land for conservation and park purposes.”

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