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December 3 - 4, 2014
Grass Valley Elks Lodge
109 South School Street
Grass Valley, CA  95945


December 3, 2014
Board Tour 1:00 – 4:30 PM

Due to weather we are changing the itinerary for the December 3rd, tour day. Please see the revised Tour Agenda above.

Members of the Board and staff will participate in an afternoon of presentations at the Tahoe National Forest headquarters office located at 631 Coyote Street, Nevada City.  The tour presentations will begin at approximately 1:15 and occur in the main conference room.  The presentations will explore issues and activities related to Forest Health in the Central Subregion.  Members of the public are invited to participate but are responsible for their own transportation and lunch. 

Reception 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Following the Board tour, Boardmembers and staff will attend a reception open to the public.  The reception will be held at the Art Works Gallery, 113 Mill Street, Grass Valley, CA  95945.


December 4, 2014
Board Meeting
8:45 – 1:00 PM (End time of the meeting is approximate)

I.  Call to Order

II.  Roll Call

III.  Closed Session (This Portion Of The Meeting Is Not Open To The Public)
Evaluation of the performance of the Executive Officer by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board. (Government Code, Section 11126, subd.(a)(1).)

RESUME OPEN SESSION APPROXIMATELY 9:15AM

IV.  Approval of September 4, 2014 Meeting Minutes (ACTION)
ACTION:    Boardmember Giacomini moved Boardmember Brissenden seconded a motion to approve the September 4, 2014 meeting minutes.  The motion passed unanimously.

V.  Public Comments
Provide an opportunity for the public to comment on non-agenda items.

VI.  Board Chair’s Report 
The Chair of the Board will provide an update on matters of interest to the Governing Board.

VII.  Election of Chair and Vice Chair for 2015 (ACTION)
ACTION:    Boardmember Kirkwood moved and Boardmember Ishida seconded a motion to elect BJ Kirwan as the 2015 Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board Chair.

ACTION:    Boardmember Brissenden moved and Boardmember Ferrara seconded a motion to elect Boardmember Giacomini as the 2015 Board Vice Chair.

VIII.  Executive Officer’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)
The Board will elect a member to serve as Vice Chair for calendar year 2015.a. Administrative Update
b. Policy and Outreach Update - Attachment A
c. Great Sierra River Cleanup Update - Presentation
d. Miscellaneous Updates
e. Discussion Relating to Forest Health Issues

IX.  Deputy Attorney General’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)

X.  2015 Board Meeting Schedule (ACTION)
The Board will review and approve a schedule for Board meetings for calendar year 2015.
ACTION:    Boardmember Kirkwood moved Boardmember Hames seconded a motion to approve the 2015 Board Meeting Schedule.  The motion passed unanimously.

XI.  Sierra Nevada Forest and Community Initiative Action Plan (ACTION) - Attachment A Presentation
The Board may take action on the Sierra Nevada Forest and Community Action Plan.
ACTION:    Boardmember Kirkwood moved and Boardmember Giacomini seconded a motion to approve the Sierra Nevada Forest and Community Initiative Action Plan and authorize staff to continue with its implementation including the development of a Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program, noting Boardmembers Kirkwood and Giacomini will continue to work with staff to review actions, agreements, etc. necessary to implement this action.  The motion passed unanimously.

XII.  2013-14 Healthy Forests/Abandoned Mine Lands Grant Awards (ACTION) - Exhibit A - Presentation
The Board may take action on recommended grants to be awarded under the 2013-14 Grant Program.  Staff will present the following projects and their related California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents to the Board for Action:

  • Project #809 – Wood Chip Hydraulic Mine Restoration Project with Notice of Exemption from CEQA
  • Project #811 – Stockton Creek Preserve Vegetation Management Project with Mitigated Negative Declaration
  • Project #812 – Mono County Thermal Biomass Project with Notice of Exemption from CEQA

ACTION:    Boardmember Kirkwood moved and Boardmember Brissenden seconded amotion to (a) authorize the Executive Officer to file Notices of Exemption for the Wood Chip Hydraulic Mine Restoration Project (SNC 809) and the Mono County Thermal Biomass Project (SNC 812); (b) make findings that there is no substantial evidence that the Stockton Creek Preserve Vegetation Management Project (SNC 811) with mitigation measures may have a significant effect on the environment and adopt the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration with mitigation measures and authorize the Executive Officer to file a Notice of Determination for this project; and (c) authorize a grant award to each of the above listed projects for the amounts recommended by the staff, and further authorize staff to enter into the necessary agreements for the recommended projects.  The motion passed unanimously.

    XIII.  Discussion of Proposition 1 Allocations for the SNC (INFORMATIONAL) - Attachment A
    Staff will discuss the upcoming allocation of funds under Proposition 1 (Water Bond. Funding for Water Quality, Supply, Treatment, and Storage Projects), including potential focus on grant funding and the process for developing guidelines.
    ACTION:    Boardmember Giacomini moved and Boardmember Kirkwood seconded a motion to approve the proposed focus and plan for development of Proposition 1 Guidelines.  The motion passed unanimously.

    XIV.  Revisions to the 2014-15 Action Plan (ACTION) - Attachment A
    Staff will present the Board with a revised 2014-15 Action Plan and the Board may take action on it.
    ACTION:    Boardmember Kirkwood moved Boardmember Johnston seconded a motion to approve the revisions to the SNC 2014-15 Action Plan. The motion passed unanimously.

    XV.  Potential Legislative Proposal (ACTION)
    Staff will present a potential legislative proposal to be pursued by SNC.
    ACTION:    Boardmember Johnston moved Boardmember Brissenden seconded the motion to continue to pursue the legislation identified in the December 4, 2014 staff report.  Boardmember Ferrara abstained from the vote.  The motion passed unanimously.

    XVI.  Boardmembers’ Comments
    Provide an opportunity for members of the Board to make comments on items not on the agenda.

    XVII.  Public Comments
    Provide an opportunity for the public to comment on non-agenda items.

    XVIII.  Adjournment


    Meeting Materials are available on the SNC Web site at www.sierranevada.ca.gov.  For additional information or to submit written comment on any agenda item, please contact Ms. Armstrong at (530) 823-4700, toll free at (877) 257-1212; or via email at Tristyn.armstrong@sierranevada.ca.gov, or in person or by mail at: 11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205, Auburn CA 95603. If you need reasonable accommodations please contact Ms. Armstrong at least five (5) working days in advance, including documents in alternative formats.

    Closed Session: Following, or at any time during the meeting, the Board may recess or adjourn to closed session to consider pending or potential litigation; property negotiations; or personnel-related matters.  Authority: Government Code Section 11126, subdivision (e)(2)(B)(i).).

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