Our meeting on 01-nov-2016 at Turtle Rock Park had to compete with Game 6 of the World Series and consequently was a less well attended than hoped, with 11 members of the public and agencies present. Dr. Eric Knapp from the USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station gave an excellent presentation on his research on how our forests today are different from the forests prior to logging and aggressive fire suppression, and how the scientific research is being done. There were a lot of good questions and discussion during and after his presentation. For those that missed the meeting they can read about a similar presentation he made at the Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment (TuCARE) seminar here.
Consensus was achieved on the Alpine Biomass Committee (ABC) applying for membership to the Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG). Draft minutes of the meeting are posted here.
The Alpine Trails Assoc., Alpine Watershed Group, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, USFS Carson Ranger District, and the ABC gave updates on their projects and activities.
The next meeting is set for Tuesday December 6th at 6:00 pm at Turtle Rock Park and will feature a presentation by USFS Carson District Ranger Irene Davidson on the West Carson project. There will also be a panel discussion on how a collaborative group brought agencies and non-government organizations together to bring about a major restoration project that would never have happened without the collaborative group. We hope to have representatives from the agencies and other organizations that participated present to answer questions. For the January meeting on 03-jan-2017 Coreen Francis of the BLM will be making a presentation on the BLM’s programs in Alpine County.
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The Alpine Biomass Committee is supported by a grant from the National Forest Foundation with funds coming from Region 5 of the U.S. Forest Service. This organization is an equal opportunity provider.