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March 12 & 13, 2014
Locations listed below for each event.


March 12, 2014 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Convention Center, Room 202
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Joint Board Meeting - Sierra Nevada Conservancy and Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta Conservancy
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy (DC) understand the benefits of working collaboratively to build greater understanding of (1) the interconnections between our two regions and (2) the resulting need for integrated approaches to addressing water and climate issues from the Sierra to the Sea.  Our Governing Boards have come together today to build understanding regarding the issues facing our two regions and their linkages, to increase awareness of the need to invest in integrated approaches that account for the inter-connections from the Sierra to the Sea, and to increase awareness of the role our Conservancies play in achieving conservation outcomes across our linked ecosystems.

1:00 - 1:05 Convene Joint Meeting BJ Kirwan and Ken Vogel, Board Chairs
1:05 - 1:15
Roll Call Board Liaison(s)
1:15 - 1:25
Welcome John Laird
Secretary, Natural Resources Agency
1:25 - 2:00
Sierra to the Sea Overview
EO’s identify Sierra/Delta issues and how they interrelate
Jim Branham
Campbell Ingram
2:00 - 2:15
Sierra to the Sea in a Statewide Context
Senator Fran Pavley
2:15 - 2:45 Sierra/Delta Legislators Discussion Assemblyman Brian Dahle
Senator Lois Wolk
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:15 Panel Discussion:
Threats and Opportunities—a system-wide view
A. Climate change and its impacts on the Sierra and the Delta.   Presentation

Dr. Daniel R. Cayan,
Scripps Institution and
US Geological Survey

B. A policy perspective on the link between the Sierra and the Delta.  Presentation Felicia Marcus,
State Water Resources Control Board
C. How ecosystem services tie the Sierra and the Delta regions together.  Presentation David Edelson
The Nature Conservancy
4:15 - 4:45 Joint Resolution (ACTION)
The Boards may take action to adopt Joint Resolution No. 03-14-01 “Sierra to the Sea”.
ACTION:     Boardmember Kirkwood moved and Boardmember Briggs seconded a motion to approve Joint Resolution No. 03-14-01 “Sierra to the Sea”.  The motion passed unanimously.
SNC/DC Board Chairs
4:45 - 5:00 Public Comment, Meeting Wrap up, and Adjournment SNC/DC Board Chairs

Reception 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Following the Joint Board Meeting, Conservancy Boardmembers and staff will attend a reception open to the public.  The reception will be held at Leland Stanford Mansion located at 800 N Street, Sacramento, 95814.



March 13, 2014 9:00 – 1:00 PM
Board Meeting (End time of the meeting is approximate)
Department of Food and Agriculture, Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA  95814

I. Call to Order

II. Oath of Office for New Boardmembers

III. Roll Call

IV. Approval of December 5, 2013 Meeting Minutes (ACTION)
ACTION:    Boardmember Giacomini moved and Boardmember Thrall seconded a motion to approve the December 5, 2013 Meeting Minutes with Boardmember Brissenden’s edits incorporated.  The motion passed unanimously.

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

VI. Board Chair’s Report
The Chair of the Board will provide an update on matters of interest to the Governing Board.

VII. Executive Officer’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)
a. Administrative Update
b. Governor’s Budget/Cap and Trade Auction Revenue Update
c. Rim Fire Update
d. Policy and Outreach Update - Attachment A - Attachment B - Attachment C - Attachment D
e. SNFCI Update

VIII. Deputy Attorney General’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)

IX. 2013-14 Healthy Forests/Abandoned Mine Lands Grant Awards (ACTION) - Exhibit A - Presentation
The Board may take action on recommended grants to be awarded under the 2013-14 grant program. Staff will present the following projects and their related California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents to the Board for action:

  • Project #780 – Plumas Community Energy Wood Processing Facility with Notice of Exemption from CEQA
  • Project #773 – Sagehen Basin Old Forest Sensitive Species Habitat Restoration Project with Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP)
  • Project #788 – American River Canyon Shaded Fuel Break with Notice of Exemption from CEQA
  • Project #786 – Soaproot Stewardship Project with Mitigated Negative Declaration and MMRP

ACTION:     Boardmember Kirkwood moved and Boardmember Brissenden seconded a motion to (a) make findings that there is no substantial evidence that the Sagehen Forest Habitat Restoration Project (SNC 773), with mitigation measures, may have a significant effect on the environment and adopt the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and the related Mitigation Monitoring and reporting Program (b) make findings that there is no substantial evidence that the Soaproot Stewardship Project (SNC 786), with mitigation measures, may have a significant effect on the environment and adopt the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and the related Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (c) authorize the Executive Officer to file Notices of Exemption for the Plumas Community Energy Wood Processing Facility Project (SNC 780) and the American River Canyon Shaded Fuel Break Project (SNC 788); (d) authorize award of grants to each of the above listed projects for the amounts recommended by staff, and further authorize staff to enter into the necessary agreements for the recommended projects and to file Notices of Determination for the Sagehen and Soaproot Projects.  The motion passed unanimously.

X. SNC Grant #412 – Sequoia Riverlands Trust (ACTION)
The Board may take action to approve project changes for SNC Grant #412, to remove one property and include two additional properties in the scope of work, make changes to the language in the deliverables and extend the grant project completion date from March to December, 2014.
ACTION:     Boardmember Hunt moved and Boardmember Ishida seconded a motion to approve recommended changes to the current scope of work, deliverables, and extension of the project completion date for Sequoia Riverlands Trust SNC Grant #412.  The motion passed unanimously.

XI. Sierra Nevada Geotourism (ACTION)
The Board may take action to grant ownership of two mobile phone applications to the Sierra Business Council to support the Sierra Nevada Geotourism project.
ACTION:   Boardmember Kirkwood moved and Boardmember Hunt seconded a motion to approve granting Sierra Business Council two mobile phone applications for management and maintenance for the Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project.  The motion passed unanimously.

XII. Biomass Utilization Efforts (Informational)
Staff will provide the Board an update on a variety of issues and activities affecting the utilization of forest biomass.

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 Mrs. Burgess at (530) 823-4672, toll free at (877) 257-1212; or via email at theresa.burgess@sierranevada.ca.gov.  11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205, Auburn CA 95603.  If you need reasonable accommodations please contact Mrs. Burgess at least five 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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