Fate of public lands now in governor's hands! S.B. 50 clears final hurdle, awaits signature by Brown!

pictured: Soda Mountain, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

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California's S.B. 50, The Public Lands Protection Act, is now just a single remaining step away from becoming law!

On Sept. 14 the measure to erect a barrier against the giveaway of our priceless public lands to extractive industries passed its final procedural vote in the state Senate. The vote was 28-12. Six days later the bill was delivered to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature or veto.

If you wrote to your Assemblymember— or otherwise supported our recent efforts to advance S.B. 50— thank you! We're almost there!

Please take a moment right now to tell Gov. Brown that you are counting on him to sign S.B. 50!

California is home to some 45 million acres of federal lands and waters, not to mention 18 national forests covering about nine million of those acres.

But as you know, they are under heavy assault from the Trump administration, which has been supporting divestiture of these lands from U.S. ownership to state or private owners who would not or could not manage them properly and in accordance with environmental laws.

Our priceless natural heritage would face selloff to highest bidders in the timber, oil and gas, ranching, mining, and other industries. We cannot let this happen!

S.B. 50 would direct the California State Lands Commission (which has jurisdiction over much of the federal land in the state) to exercise a right of first refusal with regard to any proposed federal lands conveyance or sale to other parties.

Let's finish the job and make S.B. 50 the law! Write to Gov. Brown today, urging him to sign the bill!

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For the forests,

Paul Hughes
Executive Director
Forests Forever

Your contribution today will help California's forests thrive!


  • Here is the state legislature's web page on the bill's status.
  • S.B. 50 is part of a legislative package called "Preserve California." Read about it here
  • If you're interested in a detailed legal discussion of S.B. 50 click here.

Forests Forever:
Their Ecology, Restoration, and Protection
John J. Berger

from Forests Forever Foundation
and the Center for American Places