Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, to ensure the good stewardship of private property by extending protections for California farmers and ranchers who accidentally kill a protected species during routine agricultural operations. The bill also encourages landowners to establish waterfowl habitat on idled agricultural lands.
“The signing of SB 749 reminds us of the partnership between our cities and rural landowners, who together work as good stewards over one-third of this state’s land and provide habitat to many of the state’s 157 threatened and endangered species,” Wolk said in a news release.
“Providing farmers and ranchers with the legal assurance that they will not be punished if they accidentally take a protected species during the course of standard agricultural practices will encourage the continued good stewardship and management of endangered species habitat.”
SB 749 also encourages landowners to voluntarily establish waterfowl nesting cover and other wildlife habitat on idled agricultural lands.