August Update

As noted last month there will not be an August meeting.  Many people are still nervous and others would not be allowed to attend: either by their agency or their spouse.  The ABC doesn’t have a budget that would accommodate video conferencing, and even if the ABC could do that the most productive part of the meetings is the informal back and forth between participants which is next to impossible on a video conference.  This is frustrating for all of us so thank you all for your patience.

In a presentation to the County’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), Liberty Utilities indicated that they are seriously interested in biomass-to-bioenergy as part of their effort to become 100% renewable and to help reduce the excess biomass in the areas that they serve.  They are currently thinking of a much larger plant (20 MW vs 2 MW) than envisioned in the scoping study, but this is still a positive development.

It is with regret that I am informing you that Teresa McClung has retired from the Forest Service.  She was the Calaveras District Ranger, Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and lastly she held the same position at the Humboldt-Toiyabe.  She has a long track record of working with forest collaboratives and encouraging local input to Forest Service decisions and programs.  Her active participation and encouragement to the Amador Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG) and later to the ABC will be sorely missed.  Thank you Teresa, and best wishes to you in your new career as Grandma.

If there is a September meeting it will be Tuesday September 4th at 6:00 pm at Turtle Rock Park.  Stay safe!

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