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Inventory of the California State Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Committee History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California State Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee Records
    Dates: 1957-2005
    Collection number: See Series Description.
    Creator: Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee
    Creator/Collector: Senate Natural Resources Committee
    Creator/Collector: Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee
    Collection Size: 63 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The records of the Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee consist of 63 cubic feet of records from the Senate Natural Resources Committee (1957-1969), Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee (1970-2004), and the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee (2005-2006). Significant topics include air quality, mining issues, parks and recreation, endangered species, historical landmarks, coastal resources, nature preserves, and natural diversity.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee Records, LP[number]:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition History

    The California State Archives acquired the Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee records according to state law.

    Committee History

    The Senate Natural Resources Committee was created in 1942 and consisted of nine members by 1943. The committee reviewed legislation regarding bills amending the Public Resources Code and uncodified legislation relating to mines and mining, oil, forestry, parks, and to the public domain. The committee name was changed to the Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee in 1970 by Senate Resolution 83.
    The focus of the committee has changed throughout its years, especially in the late 1980s through the early 2000s. During the 1989-1990 legislative session, the committee still maintained focus on mining, oil, forestry, and parks. Additionally, the committee, with nine members, focused on conservation and management of public resources, geothermal development, recreation, historical resources, solid waste, and legislation affecting the Department of Boating and Waterways. During the 1991-1992 session, two additional members were added, as well as a number of new subjects. These subjects included acid deposition, wetlands and lakes, global atmospheric effects, and beverage container recycling. The subject of solid waste was removed from the committee's list of responsibilities. In the 1995-1996 legislative session, ocean and bay pollution was added as a new concern for the committee. In the 1999-2000 session, the number of members was reduced to nine, but was increased to eleven members by the 2005-2006 session. During the 2005-2006 legislative session, the subject of coastal resources was added to the committee focus and beverage container recycling was removed. Senate Resolution 4 of 2004 changed the name of the committee to Natural Resources and Water.
    The chairpersons of this committee from 1970-2006 were as follows:
    Lagomarsino, Robert J. (Rep.), 1970-1972
    Nejedly, John A. (Rep.), 1973-1980
    Presley, Robert D. (Dem.), 1981-1986
    McCorquodale, Dan (Dem.), 1987-1992
    Thompson, Mike (Dem.), 1993-1994
    Hayden, Tom (Dem.), 1995-2000
    Kuehl, Sheila J. (Dem.) 2001-2006

    Scope and Content

    This record group consists of 63 cubic feet of records from the Senate Natural Resources Committee (1957-1969), Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee (1970-2004), and the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee (2005-2006). The records were created between 1957 and 2006. The record group is organized into five series: bill files, hearing files, subject files, committee files, and salmon files. See the series description for further detailed information.
    There are a variety of subjects covered in this collection due to the size and complexity of the issues relating to natural resources and wildlife. Significant topics and legislation include: air quality, mining issues, parks and recreation, endangered species, delta protection, domestication of ferrets, the Fountain Fire of 1992, forestry issues, body-gripping traps, hunting regulations, mountain lion management, Natural Community Conservation Program, Port Disney plans, flood protection, levee issues, marine life protection, farming, oil spills, Clinton's Forest Plan, salmon, hatcheries, historical landmarks, coastal resources, nature preserves, and natural diversity.
    Of particular interest may be the Salmon files that contain scientific studies, petitions, as well as information regarding spring-run salmon, salmon spawning, legal requirements, and California Endangered Species Act "take permits." There is background on laws and regulations regarding salmon fishing, as well as scientific studies and information regarding salmon spawning and migration.
    Researchers interested in environmental issues will find these records useful. Those interested in the welfare of animals may especially be interested in SB67 of the 1993-1994 session, which dealt with hunting black bears with dogs; the mountain lion management hearing from March 13, 1996; AB985 (2001-2002) which gives details of the California Endangered Species Act and "take permits;" and two bills relating to ferret legislation, AB409 (1997-1998) and AB854 (1999-2000).
    Those researching recreation in California may be interested in SB331 (1989-1990), which dealt with the preservation of the Donner Party Trail as well as SB1062 (1991-1992), which dealt with the potential creation of the Port Disney theme park in Long Beach.
    Notable forest management issues are discussed in a hearing from March 12, 1993 regarding the Fountain Fire of 1992, as well as a hearing from August 18, 1993 concerning Clinton's Forest Plan.
    Those interested in wildlife conservation may be interested in SB28 (1995-1996), which dealt with Proposition 113- Habitat Conservation Fund, and SB1143 (1997-1998), which dealt with the Natural Community Conservation Planning (NCCP) Program.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California State Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee
    Salmon
    Hunting
    Wildlife conservation
    Forest management