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California Proposition 130, Restrictions on Logging and Bonds for Forests (1990)

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California Proposition 130, also known as the Forest Acquisition. Timber Harvesting Practices Bond Act was on the November 6, 1990 ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated.

Proposition 130, if it had passed would both have imposed new restrictions on logging operations on nonfederal lands, new restrictions on the sale of state-owned timber and state purchases of timber products, and authorized the sale of $742 million in general obligation bonds to acquire old-growth forestlands, and for compensation and retraining of timber employees.

Election results

Proposition 130
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No3,842,73353.13%
Yes 3,528,887 47.87%

Ballot summary

The official ballot summary said:

  • Authorizes 10-year state acquisition program, limited logging moratorium, to permit public acquisition of designated ancient forests providing wildlife habitat.
  • Requires wildlife surveys, mitigation measures. Limits logging sites, including those near waterways.
  • Requires state-funded compensation, retraining program for loggers displaced by new regulations, acquisitions.
  • Authorizes general obligation bond issue of $742,000,000 to fund acquisition, other provisions.
  • Limits timber cutting practices, burning of forest residues, on California timberlands.
  • Mandates sustained yield standards.
  • Imposes new timber harvesting permit fees.
  • Revises Board of Forestry membership.
  • Discourages foreign export of forest products. Imposes penalties for violations.

Fiscal impact

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

  • If all authorized bonds are sold at 7.5 percent interest and paid over the typical 20-year period, General Fund will incur approximately $1.3 billion in costs to pay off bond principal ($742 million) and interest ($585 million).
  • Estimated average annual cost of bond principal and interest is $55 million.
  • State administrative costs of up to $10 million annually for state forestry review and enforcement programs, fully offset by revenues from timber harvesting fees.
  • Such fees would also offset current state logging-related regulatory costs, thus resulting in state savings of about $6.4 million annually.
  • Unknown effect on revenues from other state taxes, possible decreased revenue to local governments to extent lands acquired under measure would no longer be assessed property taxes.

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