2015 March Agenda

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Board Agenda (PDF)

Board Materials Complete Package (PDF)

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MARCH 4, 2015
Save CA – The Urgency to Restore Our Primary Watershed Summit    1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
East End Complex Building (Training Rooms A, B, and C)
1500 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA  95814 (MAP)

This event will be co-hosted by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) and the U.S. Forest Service. The summit will begin with presentations of key research on issues associated with watershed and forest health, including information referenced in the State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests Report.  Speakers will focus on the impact that current conditions in the Sierra Nevada may have on California’s water, air, and climate. Following those presentations, a facilitated discussion with key agency stakeholders will give partners an opportunity to discuss current science, related issues, and efforts underway to address them.

Forest Health Status & Trends – Presentation
Hugh Safford, Ph.D., Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service

Wildfires and Carbon Storage – Presentation
Leland Tarnay, Ph.D., Interagency Smoke Ecologist, Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, & National Parks Service

SNC’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Elks Tower Ballroom
921 11th Street, Sacramento, CA  95814 (MAP)

Following the Summit, members of the public are invited to join Boardmembers and staff at a 10 Year Anniversary Celebration sponsored by The Sierra Fund.

MARCH 5, 2015
Board Meeting    9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (End time is approximate)
Department of Food and Agriculture Auditorium
1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA  95814 (MAP)

I. Call to Order

II. Oath of Office for New Boardmembers

III. Roll Call

IV. Approval of December 4, 2014, Meeting Minutes (ACTION)
ACTION:    Boardmember Giacomini moved and Boardmember Kirkwood seconded a motion to approve the December 4, 2014, Meeting Minutes.  The motion was passed unanimously.

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

VI. Board Chair’s Report

VII. Executive Officer’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)
a. Administrative Update
b. Status of Forest Biomass Energy – SB 1122
c. Policy and Outreach UpdateAttachment AAttachment B
d. Miscellaneous Updates

VIII. Deputy Attorney General’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)

IX. Proposition 1 Grant Guidelines (INFORMATIONAL)Attachment APresentation
The Board will review draft Proposition 1 Grant Guidelines and public comments to date.  The Board may make modifications and/or provide direction to staff.

X. Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (ACTION)Attachment A
The Board will review and may take action to approve the draft Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Plan.
ACTION:    Boardmember Johnston moved and Boardmember Kirkwood seconded a motion to approve the plan to guide the development of the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program, with the suggested addition of an education and outreach component, and authorize staff to take the necessary actions to develop and implement it. The motion was passed unanimously.

XI. Sierra Nevada Strategic Funding Initiative (ACTION)Attachment A
Staff will provide an overview of the Strategic Funding Initiative, the SNC’s plan to attract investment from a variety of other agencies for projects consistent with the SNC’s mission.  The Board may act to approve the plan.
ACTION:    Boardmember Brissenden moved and Boardmember Montgomery seconded a motion to approve the Strategic Funding Initiative and direct staff to take the necessary actions for its successful implementation.  The motion was passed unanimously.

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

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

XIV. Adjournment






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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).).