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DECEMBER 7, 2016
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Boardmembers may tour the SNC office at 11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205, Auburn, CA 95603 from 11:30 – 1:00. Members of the public are welcome.

Board Tour 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Members of the Board and staff will participate in a field trip to explore issues and activities related to forest and watershed health in the Central Subregion. Members of the public are invited to participate in the field tour but are responsible for their own transportation and lunch. The tour will start in the parking lot of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy located at 11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205, Auburn, CA 95603. (MAP)

Reception 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Following the Board tour, Boardmembers and staff will attend a reception open to the public. The reception will be held at the General Gomez ARTS & Events Center located at 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603. (MAP)

 


DECEMBER 8, 2016
Board Meeting 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (End time is approximate)
General Gomez ARTS & Events Center
808 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603 (MAP)

 

I. Call to Order

II. Roll Call

III. Approval of September 8, 2016, Meeting Minutes (ACTION)
ACTION:   Boardmember Bob Kirkwood moved, and Boardmember Burt Bundy seconded, a motion to approve the September 8, 2016, meeting minutes. The motion passed unanimously. 

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

V. Board Chair’s Report

VI. Election of Chair and Vice Chair (ACTION)
The Board will elect a Chair and Vice Chair for 2017.
ACTION:  Boardmember BJ Kirwan moved, and Boardmember Jennifer Montgomery seconded, a motion to elect Boardmember John Brissenden as the 2017 Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board Chair. The motion passed unanimously.

ACTION:  Boardmember John Brissenden moved, and Boardmember Allen Ishida seconded, a motion to elect Boardmember Terrence O’Brien as the 2017 Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board Vice-Chair. The motion passed unanimously.

VII. 2017 Board Meeting Schedule (ACTION)
The Board will review and approve a schedule for Board meetings for calendar year 2017.
ACTION:  Boardmember Jennifer Montgomery moved, and Boardmember Bob Kirkwood seconded, a motion to approve the proposed Board meeting schedule for 2017. The motion passed unanimously.

VIII. 2015-17 Proposition 1 Grant Awards (ACTION) -- Table 1 -- Project Maps -- Presentation
The Board may take action to adopt CEQA findings and award grants under the 2015-17 Proposition 1 Grant Program for the following projects:
Mt. Lassen Area:
Project #853 – Caples Creek Watershed Ecological Restoration Project, with Notice of Determination as a Responsible Agency.
Project #879 – Post-Fire Restoration in the Rubicon Watershed, with Notice of Exemption from CEQA. 
Project #899 – Genesee Valley Watershed Improvement Project, with Notice of Exemption from CEQA. 
Project #901– Lassen Creek Watershed Restoration Project, with Notice of Determination as a Responsible Agency, based on review of the Hulsman Ranch and Nagel Family Nonindustrial Timber Management Plans that were approved by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and treated as the functional equivalent to a Negative Declaration.
Project #903 – Rice’s Crossing Preserve Nonindustrial Timber Management Planning Project, with Notice of Exemption from CEQA. 
Project #908 – Tásmam Kojóm Restoration Management Plan with Notice of Exemption from CEQA. 
Project #909 – Forest Health and Watershed Improvement through Noxious Weed Management, with Notice of Exemption from CEQA.
Mt. Whitney Area:
Project #880 – Eastern Madera Wildfire Restoration Project, with Notice of Exemption from CEQA.
Project #897 – The Lyons-South Fork Watershed Forest Resiliency Project, with Notice of Exemption from CEQA. 
Project #911 – Gentry Creek Watershed Restoration Project, with Notice of Exemption from CEQA.
ACTION:  Boardmember Allen Ishida moved, and Boardmember Bob Kirkwood seconded a motion that the Board (a) authorize the Executive Officer to file Notices of Exemption for the Post-Fire Restoration in the Rubicon Watershed Project (SNC879), the Eastern Madera Wildfire Restoration Project (SNC880), the Lyons-South Fork Watershed Forest Resiliency Project (SNC897), the Genesee Valley Watershed Improvement Project (SNC899), the Rice’s Crossing Preserve Forest Management Planning Project (SNC903), the Tásmam Kojóm Restoration Management Plan (SNC908), the Forest Health and Watershed Improvement through Noxious Weed Management Project (SNC909), and the Gentry Creek Watershed Restoration Project (SNC911); and (b) approve findings concurring in the Negative Declaration and Nonindustrial Timber Management Plans, and authorize the Executive Officer to file Notices of Determination as a Responsible Agency for the Caples Creek Watershed Ecological Restoration Project (SNC853), and the Lassen Creek Watershed Restoration Project (SNC901); and (c) authorize a grant award to each of the above listed projects for the amounts recommended by staff, and further authorize the staff to enter into the necessary agreements for the recommended projects. The motion passed unanimously.

IX. Executive Officer’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)
a. Administrative Update
b. Policy and Outreach Update -- Attachment A -- Presentation
c. Tribal Forum Discussion Report
d. Tree Mortality Task Force Update -- Attachment A -- Presentation
e. New Boardmember Orientation 
f. Lake Almanor Water Trail Project Update 
g. Miscellaneous Updates

X. Deputy Attorney General’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)

XI. Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP) Update (INFORMATIONAL) -- Attachment A -- Attachment B -- Attachment C -- Presentation -- USFS Presentation
Staff will provide the Board with an update on the WIP, including identification of a Pilot Landscape Initiative.

XII. Expenditure of Remaining Proposition 84 Funds (ACTION)
Staff will recommend a process for expending the remainder of Proposition 84 funds, including delegating authority to the Executive Officer to enter into agreements to expend, consistent with the recommended process. The Board may act upon the staff recommendation.
ACTION:  Boardmember Ron Hames moved, and Boardmember Bob Kirkwood seconded, a motion to delegate authority to the Executive Officer to approve and execute grants consistent with the criteria stated in the December 8, Agenda Item XII staff report, for remaining Proposition 84 funds and to report all new grants approved to the Board. The motion passed unanimously.

XIII. Discussion on Key Issues for the 2017-18/2018-19 Proposition 1 Grant Guidelines (INFORMATIONAL) -- Presentation
Staff will provide the Board with an overview of key issues to be considered in the development of Proposition 1 Guidelines for the 2017-18/18-19 grant program.

XIV. Discussion of Placer County Community Choice Aggregation (INFORMATIONAL)
Placer County Treasurer–Tax Collector Jenine Windeshausen will provide the Board of an overview of Placer County’s effort to establish a Community Choice Aggregation. Staff will discuss potential opportunities for SNC to assist in this effort and the potential benefits that could result from the effort.

XV. 2015-16 Sierra Nevada Conservancy Annual Report (ACTION)
Staff will recommend format and content for the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Annual Report and the Board may act to approve the recommendation.
ACTION:  Boardmember Bob Kirkwood moved, and Boardmember Jennifer Montgomery seconded, a motion to approve the proposed approach for completing the 2015-16 Annual Report and direct staff to develop and distribute the report. 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.

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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