Sen. Dodd’s Big Game Conservation Bill Clears Committee
SACRAMENTO – Legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to help ensure the conservation of big game habitats in California through public-private partnerships with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, cleared a key committee today.
“Maintaining sustainable hunting lands in California requires considerable collaboration and resources,” said Sen. Dodd, who co-chairs the Legislature’s Outdoor Sporting Caucus. “Many in the outdoor sporting community are the most conservation-minded because they want to leave future generations the same opportunities they’ve had. My bill will help ensure the continued conservation of these wild habitats.”
In 2010, the Legislature established the Big Game Management Account, funded by hunting license fees, to pay for research and habitat restoration to benefit big-game species. Senate Bill 370 clarifies the law to allow public and private entities, including nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribes, to continue their valuable habitat work. Doing so is critical to achieving program objectives including contracting for aerial surveys and captures of wild sheep, as well as important research at institutions like UC Davis and Humboldt State University.
SB 370 is sponsored by the California Deer Association and the California chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation, and is supported by more than a dozen outdoor sporting organizations. It cleared the Senate Natural Resources and Water committee with overwhelming support.
“The successful management of California’s wildlife requires the partnership of the department, the hunting community and other public and private entities,” said Bill Gaines, principal of Gaines & Associates, representing the sponsors. “SB 370 will ensure the department has access to all the tools necessary to ensure the long-term health of our big game species and their habitats in public trust.”
Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties. You can learn more about the district and Senator Dodd at www.sen.ca.gov/dodd.