Our meeting on 06-dec-2016 at Turtle Rock Park was well attended with 22 members of the public and agencies present. That is double the attendance last month when we had to compete with Game 6 of the World Series! There was a good presentation by Carson District Ranger Irene Davidson and AnnaBelle Monti on the Forest Services planned West Carson project and updates on their Monitor Pass, Markleevillage Fuels Reduction and Manzanita projects. This was followed by a well followed panel discussion on how forest collaboratives came into being, and how they have been successful in advancing both agencies’ and other organizations’ projects and priorities. The Cornerstone Project in the Stanislaus and Eldorado National Forests was used as the type example. Many thanks to Teresa McClung, Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit; Kendal Young, Eldorado National Forest South Fork American River Cohesive Strategy Coordinator; and Steve Wilensky, Chair of CHIPS for their presentations and answering many questions.
The Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG) accepted the Alpine Biomass Committee’s (ABC) membership application. Draft minutes of the meeting are posted here.
The CHIPS/Washoe Crew, Eastern Alpine Fire, Alpine Watershed Group, USFS Carson Ranger District, BLM Carson District, USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, and the Alpine Fire Safe Council gave updates on their projects and activities.
The next meeting is set for Tuesday January 3rd at 6:00 pm at Turtle Rock Park and will feature a presentation by BLM Fire Officer Tim Roide on the BLM’s plans for Alpine County. There will also be a discussion on forming a Working Group to promote a local preference for contracting and another presentation, but at this time the speaker is not confirmed. The February meeting is scheduled for Tuesday February 7th at 6:00 pm at Turtle Rock Park.
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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.