Stan Dixon, the longest-serving member of the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, left the panel Wednesday as his term expired.
Dixon, a former Ferndale mayor and Humboldt County supervisor, was appointed to the board by then-Gov. Gray Davis in 1999. He continued serving under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Jerry Brown.
An Assembly resolution presented at Wednesday's board meeting praised Dixon for his "valuable leadership" and "superb ability to work with a diverse group of people in order to forge solutions to the challenges faced by the board."
Dixon and other forestry board members were thrust into the spotlight after the 2011 state budget, with Brown's support, included a $150 fire-prevention fee in rural areas. The legislation put the forestry board in charge of crafting the regulations to carry out the controversial charge.
Dixon strongly opposed the fee, blaming "the greedy Legislature" for demanding the money.
"The way this thing came down was totally wrong," he said in January 2012, when he was one of two no votes against the board's proposed regulations. Opponents have gone to court to overturn the fee.
Brown has yet to name a replacement for Dixon.