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March 3, 2016

The Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Summit: The Forest Carbon Story
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
California Natural Resources Agency Building -  Auditorium
1416 9th Street
Sacramento, CA  95814 (MAP)
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MARCH 2, 2016

Board Meeting   1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  (End time is approximate)
California Department of Food and Agriculture
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 10, 2015, Meeting Minutes (ACTION)
ACTION:  Boardmember Pam Giacomini moved, and Boardmember Ron Hames seconded, a motion to approve the December 10, 2015, meeting minutes with revisions as suggested by Bob Kirkwood. 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. Executive Officer’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)
a. Administrative Update
b. Status of Proposed Water Bond/Park Bond/GGRF Funding -- Presentation
c. Forest Climate Action Plan
d. Rim Fire Grant Notification -- Attachment A
e. Overview of March 3 Summit
f. Miscellaneous Updates

VIII. Deputy Attorney General’s Report (INFORMATIONAL)

IX. 2015-16 Proposition 1 Grant Awards (ACTION) -- Table 1 -- Project Maps -- Presentation
The Board may take action to adopt CEQA findings and award grants under the 2015-16 Proposition 1 Grant Program for the following projects:

Project #829, Markleevillage Fuels Reduction Project, with Notice of Determination.

Project #846, Little Butte Creek Forest Health Project (Phase II), with Notice of Exemption from CEQA.
ACTION:  Boardmember Bob Kirkwood moved, and Boardmember John Brissenden seconded, a motion to (a) authorize the Executive Officer to file a Notice of Exemption for the Little Butte Creek Forest Health Project – Phase II (SNC 846); (b) make findings that there is no substantial evidence that the Markleevillage Fuels Reduction Project (SNC 829), 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; and (c) authorize a grant award 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.  The motion passed unanimously.

X. Proposition 1 Apportion for Tree Mortality (ACTION) -- Attachment A
The Board may take action to approve apportioning $1 million of SNC's Proposition 1 Allocation to support Governor Brown's Emergency Proclamation on Tree Mortality.

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

XII. Update on National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) Grant  (INFORMATIONAL)
Staff will provide the Board with an update on the status of the NDRC application.

XIII. 2014-15 Action Plan Accomplishments (INFORMATIONAL) -- Attachment A -- Presentation
Staff will report to the Board on progress and accomplishments relative to the 2014-15 Action Plan.
ACTION:  Boardmember Jennifer Montgomery moved, and Boardmember Ron Hames seconded, a motion to apportion up to $1 million of the existing $10 million available in the Proposition 1 Watershed Improvement Program to support projects that align with all existing requirements of the adopted Grant Guidelines and also achieve objectives of Governor Brown’s Emergency Proclamation on Tree Mortality.

XIV. Conservation Easements Discussion (INFORMATIONAL) -- Attachment A
A panel presentation and discussion with regional partners about Conservation Easements and the role SNC may play in administering future bond funds.

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

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

XVII. 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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