2017 September Agenda

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Board Tour 1:30 – 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 North 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 Calpine Community Center & Post Office, located at 103 County Road, Calpine, CA 96124. (MAP)

Reception 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Following the Board tour, Boardmembers and staff will attend a reception open to the public. The reception and dinner will be held at Sierra County Supervisor Paul Roen’s home located at 6765 Road A23, Calpine, CA 96124. (Driving directions from Westside Road & Calpine Road in Calipine, travel 2.2 miles north on Westside/A23 to U-shaped driveway on left, follow signs to parking.)



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Board Meeting     9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  (End time is approximate.)
Sierraville School      
305 Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126

I.    Call to Order

II.    Oath of Office for New Boardmember

III.    Roll Call

IV.    Approval of June 8, 2017, Meeting Minutes (ACTION)

ACTION:    Boardmember Randy Fletcher moved, and Boardmember Terrence O’Brien seconded, a motion to approve the June 8, 2017, meeting minutes. The motion passed unanimously.


The June 8, 2017, meeting minutes have been published with minor, grammatical edits as submitted by Boardmember Bob Johnston via email on August 29, 2017.

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.    Policy and Outreach Update
c. Sierra Nevada 2017 Fire Season UpdateAttachment AAttachment BPresentation
d.    Tribal Forum Discussion Report
e.    Miscellaneous Updates

VIII.    Consideration of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC’s) Intent to Sell, with Reserved Conservation Easement, Fee Title to Rudnick Ranch, Kern County, Previously Acquired by TNC under SNC Agreement #434, awarded March 2011. (ACTION)

Staff will present a recommendation to authorize SNC to assess the proposed sale with reserved conservation easement of Rudnick Ranch and to authorize the transaction consistent with the terms of SNC Agreement #434.
ACTION:      Boardmember Tom Wheeler moved, and Boardmember Bob Johnston seconded, a motion to authorize the Executive Officer to take all steps necessary to assess the proposed sale and proposed conservation easement and to execute the documents necessary to proceed with sale of the underlying fee title to the Property, subject to a reserved conservation easement, provided all parties determine there is reasonable assurance that the property will continue to be operated and maintained for the purposes for which the grant was awarded and public funds, interests, and conservation values are appropriately protected.

The motion passed with Boardmembers Tom Wheeler, Bob Johnston, Randy Fletcher, Jack Garamendi, Jeff Griffiths, Danny Wan, Terrence O’Brien, Todd Ferrara, John Brissenden, Tom Wheeler, and Jacqueline Wong-Hernandez voting in favor, and Boardmember Doug Teeter voting against.

IX.    Proposition 84 Grant Award Report for French Meadows Project #914 (INFORMATIONAL) Presentation
Sierra Nevada Conservancy staff and Ed Smith, Forest Ecologist at The Nature Conservancy, will report to the Board on the awarding of a Proposition 84 grant under the Executive Officer’s delegated authority.

X.    Modification of Delegated Authority to Expend Remaining Proposition 84 Funds (ACTION)
Staff will recommend modifications to the previously approved authority delegated to the Executive Officer to expend remaining Proposition 84 funds. Modifications include updated amounts available for grants and removing the geographic restriction of the authority. The Board may act upon the staff recommendation.
ACTION:      Boardmember Tom Wheeler moved, and Boardmember Jeff Griffiths seconded, a motion to approve the modification to existing authority delegated to the Executive Officer to include the entire SNC jurisdiction for consideration of awarding grants of remaining Proposition 84 funds, consistent with all other remaining criteria. The motion passed unanimously.

XI.    Strategic Assessment and Plan Update (INFORMATIONAL)
Staff will provide a status report on the SNC’s Strategic Assessment progress.

XII.    Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP) Update (INFORMATIONAL) Attachment A
Staff will provide the Board with an update on the Sierra Nevada WIP.

XIII.    Update on Efforts to Establish New Biomass/Wood Processing Infrastructure in the Sierra Nevada Region (INFORMATIONAL)Attachment A Presentation
Conservancy and Watershed Research and Training Center Staff will update the Board on the status of efforts to develop Biomass/Wood Processing Infrastructure in the Region.

XIV.    Boardmembers’ Comments

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

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

XVI.    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).