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JUNE 6, 2018                                                                                             
Board Tour 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 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 East 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 Creekside Inn located at 725 N. Main Street in Bishop. (MAP)

Reception                                                                                                            5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Following the Board tour, Boardmembers and staff will attend a reception open to the public. The reception will be held at the Laws Railroad Museum located 4.5 miles North of Bishop on Highway 6, along Silver Canyon Road in Bishop.

JUNE 7, 2018
Board Meeting                                  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (End time is approximate)
Cerro Coso Community College 
Eastern Sierra Campus
4090 W. Line Street
Bishop, CA 93514 (MAP)

Board Agenda (PDF)
Board Materials - Complete Package (PDF)

I.    Call to Order

II.    Oath of Office for New Boardmembers

III.    Roll Call


IV.    Approval of March 8, 2018, Meeting Minutes (ACTION)

ACTION: Boardmember Tom Wheeler moved, and Boardmember Sherri Brennan seconded, a motion to approve the March 8, 2018 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

VII.    Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Proposition 1 Grant Award Recommendations (ACTION) -- Exhibit A -- Map of Project Locations -- Recommended Project Details -- Presentation
The Board may take action to adopt California Environmental Quality Act findings and award grants under the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Proposition 1 Grant Program for projects identified in Exhibit A.

ACTION: Boardmember Randy Fletcher moved, and Boardmember Tom Wheeler seconded, a motion to (a) approve findings concurring with the Negative Declarations and authorize the Executive Officer to file Notices of Determination as a Responsible Agency for the Lakes Basin Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project (SNC1016) and the Cabbage Patch Restoration Project (SNC1033); and (b) make findings that there is no substantial evidence that the Sagehen Forest Project – A Watershed Improvement and Forest Health Initiative (SNC1003), the Little Grass Valley Watershed Protection Project (SNC1012), the South Fork Mokelumne River Watershed Restoration Project (SNC1030), the Butterfly Twain Fuels and Forest Health Project (SNC1032), and the Improving Landscapes and Watershed Health through Restoring Fire Regimes in Lassen Volcanic National Park Project (SNC1045), with mitigation measures, may have a significant effect on the environment and adopt the Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declarations and related Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Programs, authorize the Executive Officer to file Notices of Determination as a Lead Agency on these projects, and direct staff to maintain, in the SNC office, the record of proceedings upon which this decision is based; and (c) authorize a grant award to each of the projects listed above and in Agenda Item VII - Exhibit A for the amounts recommended by staff, and further authorize the staff to enter into the necessary agreements to move forward with these projects. The motion passed unanimously.

VIII.    Updated Grant Guidelines (ACTION) -- Attachment A -- Attachment B
The Board may consider and approve updated Grant Guidelines for the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Proposition 1, or Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 combined, Grant Program and authorize staff to take the necessary steps to implement the Grant Program.

ACTION: Boardmember Susana Reyes moved, and Boardmember John Brissenden seconded, a motion to approve the updated Sierra Nevada Conservancy Watershed Improvement Program Combined Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 Grant Guidelines, and authorizes staff to implement the Grant Program. The motional passed unanimously.

IX.    Strategic Assessment and Plan Update (INFORMATIONAL) -- Attachment A -- Attachment B -- Attachment C -- Presentation
The Board will discuss goals and strategies being considered for the SNC’s Strategic Plan and may provide staff additional direction in development of a draft Strategic Plan.

X.    Environmental Compliance for projects under the CAL FIRE California Climate Investment Grant awarded to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy in 2017 (ACTION) -- Presentation
The Board may take action to adopt California Environmental Quality Act findings for projects being implemented with California Climate Investment grant funds awarded to the SNC from CAL FIRE.
a.    Responsible Agency for a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Fuels Reduction and Understory Burning Burton Creek State Park Project
b.    Lead Agency for a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Tobacco Gulch Ecological Restoration Project on the Eldorado National Forest
c.    Lead Agency for a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Biggie Vegetation Management and Fuels Reduction Project on the Tahoe National Forest

ACTION: Boardmember John Brissenden moved, and Boardmember Randy Fletcher seconded, a motion to (a) approve findings concurring with the Mitigated Negative Declaration and authorize the Executive Officer to file a Notice of Determination as a Responsible Agency for the Fuels Reduction and Understory Burning, Burton Creek Project; and (b) make findings that there is no substantial evidence that the Tobacco Gulch Ecological Restoration Project and Biggie Vegetation Management and Fuels Reduction Project, with mitigation measures, may have a significant effect on the environment, adopt the Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declarations and related Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Programs, authorize the Executive Officer to file Notices of Determination as a Lead Agency on these projects, and direct staff to maintain, in the SNC office, the record of proceedings upon which this decision is based. The motion passed unanimously.

XI.    Good Neighbor Agreement with the Plumas National Forest and Administration of Fire Settlement Funds (ACTION) -- Presentation
The Board will consider and may authorize staff to develop and the Executive Officer to execute a Good Neighbor Agreement with the Plumas National Forest to administer approximately $7.2 million of Fire Settlement Funds to complete forest restoration projects in the area of the 2007 Moonlight Fire.

ACTION: Boardmember Doug Teeter moved, and Boardmember Bob Johnston seconded, a motion to authorize, finalize details, and execute a Good Neighbor Agreement with the Plumas National Forest, and to accept and administer approximately $7.2 million of Fire Settlement Funds for restoration projects in the Moonlight Fire area. The motion passed unanimously.

XII.    Executive Officer’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)
a.    Executive Officer Update -- Presentation
b.    Administrative Update
c.    Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Update -- Attachment A -- Presentation
d.    Policy Update
e.    Communications Update -- Attachment A -- Presentation
f.     Proposition 84 Grant Award Report
g.    Tribal Forum Discussion Report

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

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

XV.    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, via email at Tristyn.armstrong@sierranevada.ca.gov, 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 (a)(1).

 


 

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