October Meeting: Updates

The October meeting will feature a short update on the scoping study, a brief update on the Hot Springs Road Corridor project, further discussion of the draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), and an informal presentation on the Eastern Sierra Sustainable ecreation Partnership (ESSRP).  There will be no speaker for this meeting.

If things go as expected The Beck Group’s study on the availability and characteristics of excess biomass from our forest that might be put to a productive use should be available.  The Hot Springs Road Corridor work group continues to focus on what can be done to improve the safety of this important evacuation route.  Alpine County has joined the ESSRP along with the Inyo and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests, Mono County, the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and the City of Bishop.  The ESSRP has received over $600,000 in grant funds for planning and prioritizing projects from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC).  Matt Driscoll of the SNC, Mark Schwartz of the Chamber of Commerce, and David Griffith will be explaining what the ESSRP means to Alpine County.

The draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is essentially on hold pending receipt of the Forest Service’s review.  As discussed at the last meeting, please bring suggested name changes for the collaborative to the meeting.  Suggested name changes for the collaborative received to date include:

Biomass Collaborative Committee (BCC)
Biomass Collaborative of Alpine County (BCAC)

There is a great story on the Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solution (CHIPS) and the Washoe crew here.   Thanks to Kimra McAfee of the Alpine Watershed Group for bringing the article to our attention.

Our October meeting is scheduled for Tuesday October 1st at 6:00 pm at Turtle Rock Park.

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