Scope and Content
Title: California State Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee Records
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
63 cubic feet
California State Archives
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 represented in the collection:
Collection is open for research.
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
[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.
The California State Archives acquired the Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee records according to state law.
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
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
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.
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