Agri-Musings: Ag is Overwhelmed

Agriculture and the California Public were asked to make comments on the Healthy Landscapes 2030: California’s Climate Change Vision and Goals for Natural and Working Lands. Quite simply, Ag is overwhelmed by the enormity of the issue and the complexity of the input we are being asked to provide. For example, the following is a list of the laws, agencies, policies, and plans mentioned in the Discussion Paper:
• AB 32
• AB 32 Scoping Plan
• Executive Order B-30-15
• California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
• Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
• Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk
• CARB Climate Change Scoping Plan
• Natural and Working Lands
• Agricultural Sector Implementation Plan
• Each State Agency shall employ full-life-cycle cost accounting to evaluate and compare infrastructure investments and alternatives as part of their climate change planning and investment decisions
• California Five-Year Infrastructure Plan
• California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research will establish a technical, advisory group to help state agencies incorporate climate change
• 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update
• California Water Action Plan (Question: Is this the same as the California Water Roadmap for Action?)
• State Wildlife Action Plan
• County Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plans
• Sustainable Communities Strategies
• Regional Advanced Mitigation Plans
• Natural Community Conservation Plans
• Habitat Conservation Plans
• Climate Change Action plans by each respective agency:
o Natural Resources Agency
• Department of Parks and Recreation
• Department of Conservation
• Department of Fish and Wildlife
• Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
• Department of Water Resources
• Wildlife Conservation Board
• State Conservancies (such as the State Coastal Conservancy)
• Healthy Soils Initiative
• Climate Smart Agriculture in California (an integrated approach to both achieving GHG reductions and ensuring food security in the face of climate change)
• Comet-Farm and Comet-planner tools that incorporate USDA NRCS technical guidelines will be valuable resources.
• Draft Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction StrategyGrowers with forest interests might provide additional comments on the following: 
  • Forestry Climate Action Team
  • California Forest Carbon Plan Concept Paper: Managing our Forest Landscapes in a Change Climate (draft)
  • Forest Carbon Plan
  • Tree Mortality Task Force
  • California Strategic Fire Plan
  • Region 5 Forest Service Ecological Restoration Plan
  • National Forest Resource Plans
  • National Park Service Resource Plan
  • BLM Resource Plans
  • California Forest Improvement Program (CAL FIRE) Forest Stewardship Plan
  •  NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program Forest Stewardship Plans (voluntary)

American Tree Farm Program (voluntary)

Also note, Agriculture needs to be aware of separate climate change plans that have been written by other California agencies such as: 

• Cal-EPA

  • Department of Pesticide Regulation
  • CARB
  • Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
  • Department of Toxic Substances
  • Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board

• State Coastal Commission

Finally, please note that agriculturalists must take into account climate change plans of federal agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.