01 September 2011 BREAKING: California Governor Signs Bill for Sea Otter Fund Extension Posted by: Defenders of Wildlife | 1 comment | Share: A win for wildlife! Earlier today, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB971, the pro-sea otter bill that Defenders co-sponsored with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This law reestablishes the California Sea Otter Fund on state income tax forms for another five years. This fund is the main source for investigating the problems southern sea otters face in California through a great research collaborative that is studying many aspects of the population. The following is a statement from Jim Curland, Defenders’ marine program associate: “This is a great day for sea otters! We are very grateful to Assemblyman Bill Monning for introducing this legislation reestablishing the California Sea Otter Fund for another five years. This Fund is critical to understanding the problems facing sea otters in California and figuring out ways to recover and protect this fragile population. Defenders of Wildlife greatly appreciates Governor Brown signing this bill into law today.” Read Assemblyman Monning’s Press Release (PDF) about this great success. One Response to “BREAKING: California Governor Signs Bill for Sea Otter Fund Extension” Carol Milligan February 20th, 2014 Proud to qbe a Californian and our wonderful pro-active governor. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?