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4.2 AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY RESOURCES <br /> <br /> <br />4.2-1 <br /> <br /> <br />This section discusses agricultural and forest resources in the vicinity of the <br />project site, and evaluates the potential for adverse impacts to those resources <br />as a result of buildout of the project. The following evaluation assesses farm- <br />land and forestland conversion, Williamson Act contracts, and changes in the <br />physical environment that could contribute to farmland and forestland con- <br />version. <br /> <br /> <br />A. Regulatory Framework <br />This section summarizes key State and local regulations, policies and pro- <br />grams pertaining to agriculture and forestry in the vicinity of the project site. <br /> <br />1. Federal Regulations <br />There are no federal regulations pertaining to agriculture and forestry that <br />apply to this project. <br /> <br />2. State Regulations <br />a. Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program <br />Within the California Natural Resources Agency, the State Department of <br />Conservation provides services and information that promote informed land- <br />use decisions and sound management of the State‚Äôs natural resources. The <br />Department manages the Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program <br />(FMMP), which supports agriculture throughout California by developing <br />maps and statistical data for analyzing land use impacts to farmland. FMMP <br />rates the production potential of agricultural land according to the following <br />classifications: <br />¤ Prime Farmland has the best combination of physical and chemical fea- <br />tures able to sustain long-term agricultural production. Prime Farmland <br />has the soil quality, growing season, and moisture supply needed to pro- <br />duce sustained high yields. Land must have been used for irrigated agri- <br />culture production at some time during the four years prior to the map- <br />ping date.