Recently, local leadership in Siskiyou County rolled out AB-1103, the Livestock Pass Program. When the McKinney Fire swept through their communities, this program proved helpful for many farmers and ranchers.
I authored this bill last year after reading about a fifth-generation cattle rancher losing hundreds of livestock in the Bear Fire. If he had only been able to get behind the fire lines, his story would have ended much differently.
AB-1103 allows farmers and ranchers to access their livestock during an emergency and it has proven successful in communities like Siskiyou County. According to Supervisor Nancy Ogren, there are currently 57 individuals with Livestock Passes in Siskiyou, and that is just the start.
This year, I was appointed to the Western Legislative Forestry Task Force as California’s sole representative. I’m passionate about this important work, and I look forward to making even greater strides in this area during my next term.