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Legislative Update: AB71 Signed into Law

Legislative update: New DFW Wildlife Branch Chief, AB 718 signed into law

Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Nov 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO — DFW Wildlife Branch Chief, T.O. Smith, was replaced by Kari Lewis recently, and Governor Brown signed AB 718, making mosquito abatement fees more affordable for privately owned wetlands and duck clubs, according to Bill Gaines of Gaines and Associates.

Here’s the details from Gaines and Associates, government relations liason for many of California’s wildlife conservation organizations:


Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) leadership has announced that Kari Lewis has been selected to be the Department's new Wildlife Branch Chief. Ms. Lewis, who has served with the Department for over 25 years, has most recently overseen DFW's Lands Program within the Wildlife Branch. Prior to overseeing DFW's Lands Program, Ms. Lewis held a variety of other positions within the Department — ranging from serving as a unit biologist, to serving as an analyst within various GIS functions. Gaines & Associates has had the opportunity to work with Ms. Lewis on a variety of issues over the past several years. Based on this past experience, we believe that — although her forte is within DFW's Lands function — her broad experience and knowledge of the Department should position her well to lead DFW's Wildlife Branch. We welcome Ms. Lewis to the DFW Leadership Team, and look forward to working with her in her new position. Ms. Lewis fills the position previously held by T.O. Smith.


AB 718 — legislation authored by Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D/11-Oakley) — was signed into law by Governor Brown yesterday. Sponsored by the California Waterfowl Association and strongly supported by Gaines & Associates and several of their clients, AB 718 is intended to reduce or eliminate charges currently imposed by mosquito abatement districts for mosquito control on privately owned and managed wetlands/duck clubs. The bill authorizes a private landowner to enter into an MOU with their local mosquito abatement district to establish a process to implement best management practices on their managed wetlands which provide for the ecological control of mosquitoes.