2019 March Agenda

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MARCH 6, 2019
The 2019 Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Summit                                           1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In Their Own Words: WIP Partners on Regional Challenges, Opportunities, and Needs
Cameron Park Community Center
Assembly Hall
2502 Country Club Drive
Cameron Park, CA 95682 (MAP)

The challenges being faced by California’s Sierra Nevada Region continue to mount, but powerful resources exist to help address them. As California focuses on improving short-term emergency preparedness, the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP) offers a state-recognized roadmap that harnesses the power of its strong network of partners to increase the long-term resilience of our Sierra Nevada watersheds, forests, and communities.

Please join us as we talk with some of our WIP partners about the challenges, opportunities, and needs facing those working to support Healthy Forests and Watersheds, Vibrant Recreation and Tourism, Strategic Land Conservation, Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities, and an Impactful Regional Identity for the Sierra Nevada Region.

Reception                                                                                                                                         5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Following the WIP Summit, Boardmembers and staff will attend a reception open to the public. The reception will be held at the Cameron Park Community Center Assembly Hall, located at 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682.


MARCH 7, 2019
Board Meeting                                                                                                                                9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cameron Park Community Center (End time is approximate.)
Assembly Hall – West
2502 Country Club Drive
Cameron Park, CA 95682 (MAP)
Board Agenda (.pdf) // Meeting Materials – Complete Package (.pdf)

I. Call to Order

II. Oath of Office for New Boardmembers

III. Roll Call

IV. Approval of December 6, 2018, Meeting Minutes (ACTION)
ACTION: Boardmember Tom Wheeler moved, and Boardmember Julie Alvis seconded, a motion to approve the December 6, 2018, meeting minutes. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Board Chair’s Report (ACTION)
The Board may take action to change the date of the December 2019 Board meeting.
ACTION: Boardmember Paul Roen moved, and Boardmember Stacy Corless, seconded a motion to move the December Board meeting to December 11 – 12, 2019.

VI. Executive Officer’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)
a. Executive Officer Update
b. Administrative Update
c. Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Update // Attachment A
d. Policy and Outreach Update // Presentation

VII. Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 Grant Award Recommendations (ACTION) // Attachment A // Attachment B // Attachment C // Presentation
The Board may take action to adopt California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) findings and award grants for the following projects:
#1054 the Scotts Flat Reservoir Fuels Treatment Phase 4 project in Nevada County in the amount of $981,000 to the Nevada Irrigation District with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#1061 the Tramway Road Fuel Break Network project in Tehama County in the amount of $235,858 to the Resource Conservation District of Tehama County with a CEQA Notice of Determination as a Responsible Agency.
#1065 the Diamond Mountain Forest & Watershed Restoration Project in Lassen County in the amount of $882,087 to the Lassen County Fire Safe Council with a CEQA Notice of Determination as a Responsible Agency.
#1067 the South Fork Mokelumne River Watershed Restoration Phase 3 Treatment project in Calaveras County in the amount of $865,835 to Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions with a CEQA Notice of Determination as Lead Agency.
#1068 the South Fork Mokelumne River Watershed Restoration Phase 4 Planning project in Calaveras County in the amount of $89,125 to Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#1069 the Independence Lake Forest Health & Resiliency project in Sierra and Nevada Counties in the amount of $99,688 to The Nature Conservancy with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#1070 the Sierra Buttes/Lakes Basin Properties Fuel Reduction project in Sierra County in the amount of $167,200 to the Sierra County Land Trust with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#1074 the Webber Lake Little Truckee Headwaters Forest Management Phase Two project in Sierra County in the amount of $419,250 to the Truckee Donner Land Trust with a CEQA Notice of Determination as a Responsible Agency.
#1075 the Serene Lakes Royal Gorge Headwaters Forest Health Improvements project in Placer County in the amount of $364,510 to the Truckee Donner Land Trust with a CEQA Notice of Determination as a Responsible Agency.
#1081 the Quincy Watershed Improvement Project in Plumas County in the amount of $99,997 to the Plumas Audubon Society with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#1088 the Lakes Basin project in Plumas and Sierra Counties in the amount of $995,995 to the USDA Forest Service, Plumas National Forest with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#1089 the French Meadows Forest Restoration Biomass Project in Placer County in the amount of $1,000,000 to Placer County with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#1091 the Black Springs Restoration Project in Calaveras County in the amount of $1,000,000 to the Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority with a CEQA Notice of Determination as a Responsible Agency.
#1094 the Lakes Basin Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project – Phase 1 project in Mono County in the amount of $1,000,000 to the Mammoth Lakes Fire Safe Council with a CEQA Notice of Determination as a Responsible Agency.
#1096 the Tiger Creek Fuel Break Watershed Protection project in Amador County in the amount of $100,000 to the Amador Fire Safe Council with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#1099 the Blue Rush Forest Restoration Project in Fresno County in the amount of $999,960 to the Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#1124 the Dry Creek Ecological Site-Watershed Restoration Plan project in Modoc County in the amount of $97,400 to the Modoc Resource Conservation District with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#1126 the Big Chico Creek Forest Health Management Plan project in Butte County in the amount of $100,000 to the Butte County Fire Safe Council with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#1130 the French Meadows Prescribed Fire Project in Placer County in the amount of $1,000,000 to The Nature Conservancy with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#1131 the Rim Fire Invasive Plant Control and Eradication project in Tuolumne County in the amount of $332,400 to the USDA Forest Service, Stanislaus National Forest with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#1146 the Valley Creek Botanical Special Interest Area and Watershed Protection project in Plumas County in the amount of $999,878 to the USDA Forest Service, Plumas National Forest with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.

ACTION: Boardmember John Brissenden moved, and Boardmember Bob Johnston seconded, a motion to:
(a) Authorize the Executive Officer to file Notices of Exemption for the Scotts Flat Reservoir Fuels Treatment Phase 4 (1054), South Fork Mokelumne River Watershed Restoration Phase 4 Planning (1068), Independence Lake Forest Health & Resiliency (1069), Sierra Buttes/Lakes Basin Properties Fuel Reduction (1070), Quincy Watershed Improvement Project (1081), Lakes Basin (1088), French Meadows Forest Restoration – Biomass Project (1089), Tiger Creek Fuel Break Watershed Protection (1096), Blue Rush Forest Restoration Project (1099), Dry Creek Ecological Site-Watershed Restoration Plan (1124), Big Chico Creek Forest Health Management Plan (1126), French Meadows Prescribed Fire Project (1130), Rim Fire Invasive Plant Control and Eradication (1131), and Valley Creek Botanical Special Interest Area and Watershed Protection (1146) projects; and
(b) approve findings concurring with the Mitigated Negative Declarations and Timber Harvest Plans and authorize the Executive Officer to file Notices of Determination as a Responsible Agency for the Tramway Road Fuel Break Network (1061), Diamond Mountain Forest & Watershed Restoration Project (1065), Webber Lake Little Truckee Headwaters Forest Management Phase Two
(1074), Serene Lakes Royal Gorge Headwaters Forest Health (1075), Black Springs Restoration Project (1091), and Lakes Basin Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project – Phase 1 (1094) projects; and
(c) make findings that there is no substantial evidence that the South Fork Mokelumne River Watershed Restoration Phase 3 Treatment (1067) project, with mitigation measures, may have a significant effect on the environment and authorize the Executive Officer to file a Notice of Determination as a Lead Agency on the previously adopted Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration and related Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program; and
(d) authorize a grant award to each of the projects listed above for the amounts recommended by staff, and further authorize the staff to enter into the necessary agreements to move forward with these projects.
Boardmembers Paul Roen, Tom Wheeler, and Sherri Brennan recused themselves and did not deliberate or vote on this action.
The motion passed unanimously.

VIII. Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities Proposition 68 Grant Award Recommendations (ACTION)
The Board may take action to adopt California Environmental Quality Act findings and award a grant for the following project:
#RC001 the Strategic Conservation Action Plan project across the Sierra Nevada Region in the amount of $163,405 to the Sierra Cascade Land Trust Council with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.

ACTION: Boardmember Susana Reyes moved, and Boardmember Richard Anderson seconded, a motion to authorize the Executive Officer to file a Notice of Exemption for the Strategic Land Conservation Action Plan project (RC001), authorize a grant award to the Sierra Cascade Land Trust Council in the amount of $163,405, and authorize staff to enter into the necessary agreements to move forward with the project.
Boardmember Bob Johnston was not present for, and did not vote on this item.
The motion passed unanimously.

IX. Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Proposition 68 Grant Award Recommendations (ACTION)
The Board may take action to adopt California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) findings and award grants for the following project:
#RT001 the Eastern Sierra Office of Sustainable Recreation and Tourism project across the Eastern Subregion in the amount of $618,750 to the Town of Mammoth Lakes with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
ACTION: Boardmember Stacy Corless moved, and Boardmember Tom Wheeler seconded, a motion to:
(a) authorize the Executive Officer to file a Notice of Exemption for the Eastern Sierra Office of Sustainable Recreation and Tourism project (RT001); and
(b) authorize a grant award to the Town of Mammoth Lakes for the Eastern Sierra Office of Sustainable Recreation and Tourism project (RT001) as described in Exhibit A in the amount of $618,750 and further authorize staff to enter into the necessary agreements to move forward with this project.
Boardmember Bob Johnston was not present for and did not vote on this item.
The motion passed unanimously.

X. Proposition 68 Funding Allocation to the California Tahoe Conservancy (ACTION)
The Board may take action to adopt California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) findings and award grants for the following project:
#WIP001 allocating $1,954,590 in Proposition 68 funds, per Section 80135(c) of Proposition 68, to the California Tahoe Conservancy to support Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative projects with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
ACTION: Boardmember John Brissenden moved, and Boardmember Tom Wheeler seconded, a motion to:
(a) authorize the Executive Officer to file a Notice of Exemption for the TCSI Project Lead and Conservancy Engagement Project (P68WIP001); and
(b) authorize a grant award to the California Tahoe Conservancy for the TCSI Project Lead and Conservancy Engagement Project as described in Exhibit A in the amount of $1,954,590 and further authorize staff to enter into the necessary agreements to move forward with this project.
Boardmember Bob Johnston was not present for and did not vote on this item.
The motion passed unanimously.

XI. Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund (TRFRF) Grant Award Recommendations (ACTION)
The Board may take action to adopt California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) findings and award grants for the following projects:
• #TRFRF002 the Building Capacity for Rural Development Across Sierra Communities project across the Sierra Nevada Region in the amount of $400,000 to the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#TRFRF003 the Sierra Corps Pilot Program project across the Sierra Nevada Region in the amount of $275,000 to the Sierra Nevada Alliance with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#TRFRF004 the Workforce Development Initiative Phase I – Assessment and Gap Analysis project across the Sierra Nevada Region in the amount of $35,000 to the Sierra Business Council with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#TRFRF005 the Forest Restoration and Prescribed Fire Crew Development project across the Sierra Nevada Region in the amount of $40,000 to Calaveras Healthy Impact Products Solutions with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
ACTION: Boardmember Sherri Brennan moved, and Boardmember Susana Reyes seconded, a motion to:
(a) authorize the Executive Officer to file Notices of Exemption for the Building Capacity for Rural Development Across Sierra Communities (TRFRF002), Sierra Corps Pilot Program (TRFRF003), Workforce Development Initiative Phase I – Assessment and Gap Analysis (TRFRF004), and Forest Restoration and Prescribed Fire Crew Development (TRFRF005) projects; and
(b) authorize a grant award to each of the projects listed above for the amounts recommended by staff, and further authorize the staff to enter into the necessary agreements to move forward with these projects.
Boardmember Bob Johnston was not present for and did not vote on this item.
The motion passed unanimously.

XII. Fire Settlement Funds (FSF) Grant Award Recommendation (ACTION) // Presentation
The Board may take action to adopt California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) findings and award a grant for the following project:
#FPNFMFSF001 for the Moonlight Fire Area Restoration Project in Plumas County in the amount of $6,097,370 to Feather River Resource Conservation District with a CEQA Notice of Determination as a Responsible Agency.
ACTION: Boardmember Richard Anderson moved, and Boardmember Tom Wheeler 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 Moonlight Fire Area Restoration Project (FPNFMFSF001); and
(b) authorize a grant award to Feather River Resource Conservation District for the Moonlight Fire Area Restoration Project (FPNFMFSF001) as described in Exhibit A for $6,097,370 and further authorize staff to enter into the necessary agreements to move forward with this project.
Boardmember Bob Johnston was not present for and did not vote on this item.
Boardmember Paul Roen recused himself and did not deliberate or vote on this action.
The motion passed unanimously.

XIII. CAL FIRE California Climate Investments (CCI) Agreement Authorizations (ACTION) // Attachment A – Map of Project Locations
In October 2018 SNC was awarded $10,723,552 in CCI funds from CAL FIRE for the Tahoe Central Sierra Initiative All-Lands Regional Restoration Program – Eldorado Projects/French Meadows grant. Pursuant to CCI grant agreement 8GG18601 between CAL FIRE and SNC, the Board may take action to adopt California Environmental Quality Act findings and award sub-grants or enter into contracts with partners to implement the following components of the grant:
#R1831015 for Planning and Environmental Review in the amount of $200,000 to the El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation District with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#R1833016 for the French Meadows Project in the amount of $3,500,000 to Placer County with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#CCI003 for the Tobacco Gulch project in the amount of $150,000 to Eldorado National Forest with a CEQA Notice of Determination as Lead Agency on the IS/MND adopted by the Board in June 2018.
#CCI005 for the Landscape-Scale Carbon Accounting project in the amount of $350,000 to U.S. Forest Service Region 5, Remote Sensing Laboratory with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#CCI006 for the Completion of LiDAR on Eldorado National Forest project in the amount of $250,000 to the Eldorado National Forest with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
#CCI007 for the HRV Studies in the TCSI Area project in the amount of $150,000 to U.S. Forest Service Region 5 with a CEQA Notice of Exemption.
ACTION: Boardmember John Brissenden moved, and Boardmember Sherri Brennan seconded, a motion to:
(a) authorize the Executive Officer to file Notices of Exemption for the Planning and Environmental Review project (R1831015), French Meadows project (R1833016), Landscape-Scale Carbon Accounting project (CCI005), Completion of LiDAR on Eldorado National Forest project (CCI006), and the HRV Studies in the TCSI Area project (CCI007); and
(b) make findings that there is no substantial evidence that the Tobacco Gulch project (CCI003), with mitigation measures, may have a significant effect on the environment and authorize the Executive Officer to file a Notice of Determination as a Lead Agency on the previously adopted Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration and related Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program; and
(c) authorize staff to enter into all necessary agreements to implement the projects described in this report, pursuant to CAL FIRE – SNC grant agreement 8GG18601.
Boardmember Bob Johnston was not present for and did not vote on this item.
Boardmember Paul Roen recused himself and did not deliberate or vote on this action.
The motion passed unanimously.

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 members of the public who have not previously addressed the Board to comment on non-agenda items. The Board Chair reserves the right to limit the time allocated for each person providing public comment.

XVI. Adjournment


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