Category Archives: Alliance Weekly

Rangeland Coalition Summit Planning Meeting

Rangeland Coalition Summit Planning Meeting, October 22, 2010, Sacramento, CA: Rangeland Coalition partners will be meeting to set the agenda and other details pertaining to the 2011 California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Summit set for January 19, 2011 in Modesto. If you are interested in participating in the planning meeting or have other questions regarding the Summit please contact Tracy Schohr at tschohr@calcattlemen.org or (916) 444-0845.

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Wildfire Treatment Studies in the Sierra Nevada

Wildfire Treatment Studies in the Sierra Nevada

An exciting multiparty project is underway to study wildfire issues in our Sierra Nevada, and you, the public, are invited!  Issues related to wildfire prevention and forest vegetation treatments—risks, ecosystem health, water quality & quantity, wildlife (spotted owl & fisher), and more—are included in “SNAMP” (Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project).  The project is a joint effort between state and federal agencies with the University of California serving as the neutral third party.  To learn about SNAMP, how you might participate, and where the vegetation treatment study areas are being planned in our area, come to the Sierra Club’s General Meeting on Tuesday, Oct 26, 7 p.m., Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St.  Free and open to the public.  Call 916-652-7005 for more information.

30th Anniversary Tioga Pass Run

30th Anniversary Tioga Pass Run, Sept. 12, 2010
Join the Mono Lake Committee and others on Sunday, September 12th in Lee Vining in front of the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore for a run up Tioga Pass Road (highway 120 west) to Tioga Pass. Walkers start at 7:00am, followed by runners at 8:00am.

Located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Tioga Pass is the eastern gateway to Yosemite National Park. The start line is at an elevation of 6,781 feet and the finish line is at the top of Tioga Pass at 9,945 feet. The course is 12.4 miles in length.

Registration includes: T-Shirt, aid-stations at approximately 3 miles, 6 miles, 9 miles and the finish line, plus refreshments provided by the Whoa Nellie Deli.

Early Registration: $35.00 (if received by Aug. 23rd)

Registration: $40.00 (if received on Aug. 24th until 30 minutes before start)

Participants should be prepared for any weather from warm late summer temperatures to early winter snow flurries. Weather conditions can vary greatly from the start to finish line, which is why we will provide transportation for gear bags from start to finish. This run allows you to truly enjoy the beauty of Tioga Pass. All proceeds go to benefit the Mono Lake Committee.

The Mono Lake Committee is a nonprofit citizens’ group dedicated to protecting and restoring the Mono Basin ecosystem, educating the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use, and promoting cooperative solutions that protect Mono Lake and meet real water needs without transferring environmental problems to other areas.

For more information:

Ken Corathers, Race Director
Tioga Pass Run
(760) 648-7288
www.tiogapassrun.com

Stewardship Council: Recommendation Concerning Select Watershed Lands – Proposed Board Action

In furtherance of our objective to advance implementation of the Land Conservation Plan, the Stewardship Council recently completed an evaluation of the watershed lands to determine whether certain land ownership recommendations should be made without the need to complete a formal request for proposal (RFP) process. As a result of this evaluation, the Stewardship Council Board of Directors will consider a proposal at its September 16, 2010 meeting that, if approved, will result in:

1. The United States Forest Service (USFS) being recommended to receive the donation of fee title to seven parcels of land encompassing approximately 867 acres as shown below.

Table 1

County Planning Unit No. of Parcels Acres
Butte and Plumas North Fork Feather River 2 97
Fresno Kings River 1 100
Fresno Wishon Reservoir 1 167
Kern Kern River 1 279
Madera Bass Lake 1 73
Tehama Deer Creek 1 151

2. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) being recommended to receive the donation of fee title to one parcel of land encompassing approximately 42 acres in the Oroville planning unit in Butte County. (Click here for maps.)

3. PG&E’s retention of 25 parcels of approximately 715 acres that had been formerly designated as preliminarily available for donation as shown below.

Table 2

County Planning Unit No. of Parcels Acres
Butte Philbrook Reservoir 1 95
El Dorado Chili Bar 5 9
Fresno Auberry Service Center 1 1
Merced and Mariposa Merced River 1 1
Plumas Butt Valley Reservoir 12 299
Shasta Iron Canyon Reservoir 1 10
Shasta Kilarc Reservoir 2 16
Shasta Lake McCloud 1 184
Tuolumne Middle Fork Stanislaus River 1 100

(Click here for maps.)

Lands recommended for donation to the USFS and BLM

Table 1 and the lands recommended for donation to BLM include those properties where watershed lands available for donation are bordered on two sides or more by lands currently owned and managed by the USFS or BLM, and where introduction of a new landowner would potentially complicate land management with the potential for little or no assurance of increased preservation or enhancement of the beneficial public values of the donated lands.

Lands recommended to be retained by PG&E:

Table 2 includes those properties that meet one or more of the following criteria: a relatively small amount of acreage was formerly designated as available for donation; transfer of the land would likely result in significant costs for surveys and subdivision with no assurance that the beneficial public values of the lands would be better protected by a land transfer; or lands where the introduction of a new landowner would potentially complicate land management with little or no assurance of increased preservation and enhancement of the beneficial public values of the donated lands.

PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED ACTION FOR SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The above action will be considered for approval by the Stewardship Council Board of Directors at its September 16, 2010 board meeting in Oakland.  Please submit any comments in advance of the meeting via e-mail to: Comments1@stewardshipcouncil.org

or via US mail to:

Stewardship Council

15 N. Ellsworth Avenue, Suite 100

Mail Code LD2010

San Mateo, CA 94401

Staff will summarize and present all comments to the Board of Directors at the September board meeting.  Public comment will also be accepted at the board meeting.

Thank you for your continued interest in the mission of the Stewardship Council.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Survey

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is in the first phase of developing a new Strategic Plan to guide their work over the next three years. They’d like help in prioritizing potential Areas of Focus and are also asking for feedback on how they’ve carried out their work over the past five years.

If you are interested in giving input on the future direction of the SNC or telling them how they’ve done so far, they are carrying out a web survey at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22AWCRZC8V4

Click on the link to answer a short survey to help the SNC set the direction for their future work.  The survey will close on July 26th.

Release of DOC Watershed Coordinator Grants 2010 Request for Proposals

The Department of Conservation (DOC), Division of Land Resource Protection (DLRP), Statewide Watershed Program announces the release of the new Watershed Coordinator Grants 2010 Request for Proposals (RFP) funded through the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Act of 2006 (Proposition 84). DOC anticipates that approximately $9 million of Proposition 84 funds will be awarded to support coordination for watershed management and local watershed improvements throughout the State.

The Watershed Coordinator Grants offer special districts, non-profit organizations, and local governments a unique opportunity to facilitate collaborative efforts to improve and sustain the health of California’s watersheds by supporting watershed coordinator positions. The grants awarded from this solicitation will cover a three-year work period.

DOC is pleased to expand this grant program to provide funding for watershed coordination on a statewide basis. Local public agencies and non-profit organizations that previously have not been awarded watershed coordinator grants are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

DOC will be utilizing the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST) system to facilitate the application and review process, and to conserve paper.

All applicants submitting proposals for funding through this grant must submit a complete electronic application using the FAAST system, by 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, OCTOBER 12, 2010. Late applications will not be accepted.

To begin the application process through the FAAST system click on this link:

https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov/

The 2010 RFP, which describes eligibility, program requirements, the application process, and the evaluation criteria, is posted on the DOC website at: http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/wp/grants/Pages/wcgp_forms.aspx

For technical questions about the State Water Board’s FAAST application, please contact FAAST staff by phone at (866) 434-1083, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., or by email at faast_admin@waterboards.ca.gov

For questions regarding this grant solicitation, please contact the DOC Watershed Program staff (listed below) by phone Monday through Friday (excluding furlough Fridays), between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., or send an email to watershed@conservation.ca.gov

Jan Holder    (916) 445-0096

Gail Chun     (916) 323-8930

Barbara Dellamarie (916) 324-9020

RFP Workshops and Webinars

The DOC Watershed Program Staff will be holding several workshops around the state and two webinars to provide information regarding this RFP and the FAAST application process. Dates and locations are listed below. Further webinar information will be released shortly. Please check the DOC website for updates: http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/wp/grants/Pages/wcgp_intro.aspx

Date Location Address Time
August 31, 2010 Santa Rosa: Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District 747 Mendocino Avenue, Suite 100, CA 95401-4814 1-4 p.m.
Sept. 1, 2010 (plus Webinar broadcast) Sacramento: DOC office, John Muir room, 20th floor 801K St. Sacramento, CA 95814 1-4 p.m.
Sept. 2, 2010 Redding: Western Shasta Resource Conservation District 6270 Parallel Road, Anderson, CA 96007 1-4 p.m.
Sept. 7, 2010 Fresno: Fresno County Library, Sarah McCardle Rm 2420 Mariposa St. Fresno, CA 93721 1-4 p.m.
Sept. 9, 2010 San Diego: COSD- Medical Examiner Conference Room 5570 Overland Ave, Ste 101

San Diego, CA 92123-1206

1-4 p.m.
Sept. 14, 2010 (plus Webinar broadcast and FAAST hands on workshop) Sacramento: DOC office, John Muir room, 20th floor 801K St. Sacramento, CA 95814 1-5 p.m.

Cooperation Database Registration

To facilitate cooperation within watersheds, DOC will maintain an online database of potential grant applicants. As a part of this solicitation, potential applicants are required to register with the online Cooperation Database by September 9, 2010.

To register for the database, send an email message to watershed@conservation.ca.gov with the subject line: Cooperation Database Registration. Within the body of the message, using the Watershed Maps in Appendices A and B of the RFP, list the name of your watershed(s), the watershed’s USGS 8-digit or 10-digit HU code(s), your organization’s name, contact person, phone number, and email address.

The Cooperation Database will be updated every three days and will be located at: http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/wp/grants/Pages/wcgp_forms.aspx. This database is provided to assist applicants in identifying potential partner organizations. Proposals that demonstrate cooperation within watersheds, rather than competition, will receive more points.

It is the Program’s intent to support strong competitive proposals that demonstrate high levels of cooperation within and between watersheds, their stakeholders and communities. During previous grant rounds the Cooperation Database has been very useful to potential applicants in developing collaborative grant proposals.