Governor Signs Patterson Bill Eliminating Huge Fee for Rural Residents Clearing Defensible Space

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assemblyman Jim Patterson’s bill allowing landowners to sell lumber removed while clearing defensible space without having to pay for a timber harvesting plan - a savings of up to $55,000.

Patterson originally authored the Homeowner Wildfire Protection Act in 2014 but it is set to expire next year. AB 431 extends the program until 2026.

“Clearing defensible space is vital, but it can also be a real financial hardship,” Assemblyman Patterson said. “This law eliminates a $55,000 state fee and allows people to recoup the cost of creating additional fire protection for their homes by selling the lumber”.