California Tahoe Conservancy Board meeting

Online Meeting | June 25, 2020

Meeting Agenda


Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Virtual Board Meeting – Zoom Webinar
(information provided below)

Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom on March 17, 2020, certain provisions of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act are suspended due to a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the requirement to make a physical location available from which members of the public may gather to observe the meeting and offer public comment. Consistent with this Executive Order, this Board meeting will be conducted virtually through the Zoom Webinar Platform, with a teleconference option. Members of the public may join the meeting using either of the following steps:

Join the meeting using Zoom Webinar:

Join the meeting by telephone: 1-669-900-6833, 1-346-248-7799, 1-253-215-8782, 1-929-205-6099, 1-301-715-8592, or 1-312-626-6799

The webinar ID is 941 9702 6413.

Public comment: The public is welcome to participate in the meeting by observing and by providing written and oral comments. Public comment will be taken at the appropriate time during each agenda item and during the time allotted for public comment on items not on the agenda. Additional information on public participation and ways to provide public comment is available on the Conservancy website at

Meeting materials: Meeting materials are available on the Conservancy website at For additional information, please contact the Conservancy at or (530) 542-5580.

Technical assistance: For technical assistance in joining the meeting on June 25 by telephone or Zoom Webinar link, please contact the Conservancy at or (530) 543-6028.

Reasonable accommodation: Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this public meeting should contact the Conservancy at or (530) 542-5580 no later than five (5) working days prior to the meeting.

1. Roll Call

2. Consent Items

a. Approval of Minutes (action) (Resolution 20-06-01)

b. Approval of Board Agenda (action) (Resolution 20-06-02)

c. Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisition (action): Consideration and possible authorization to acquire one parcel located at El Dorado County Assessment Number 032-050-055 for up to $40,000.

CEQA consideration: categorical exemption

(Resolution 20-06-03)

3. Executive Director’s Report

• Status of Budget and Legislation

4. Public Comment on Items Not on the Agenda

5. Biomass Transport and Utilization Project and Grants (action):

Consideration and possible authorization to award the following three grants: 1) a grant of up to $36,000 to the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR); 2) a grant of up to $280,000 to the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California; and 3) a grant of up to $360,000 to the Great Basin Institute to implement the Biomass Transport and Utilization Project. The Project involves the transportation of biomass from three forest restoration efforts in the Lake Tahoe Basin to be used at bioenergy facilities, for restoration purposes, or for home fuel needs.

CEQA consideration: possible adoption of negative declaration

(Resolution 20-06-04)

6. Kings Beach Pier Relocation and Recreation Improvements Grant (action):

Consideration and possible authorization to award a grant of up to $650,000 to the DPR to complete final design and permitting for the pier relocation and recreation improvements at Kings Beach State Recreation Area.

CEQA consideration: review environmental impact report/environmental impact statement; possible adoption of CEQA Findings; and possible adoption of mitigation monitoring and reporting program

(Resolution 20-06-05)

7. Senate Bill 630 Public Access Grants (action):

Consideration and possible authorization to award the following two grants: 1) a grant of up to $150,000 to the Sierra Business Council to support Lake Tahoe Water Trail outreach and educational tools for water recreationists; and 2) a grant of up to $100,000 to the DPR to implement Rubicon Trail re-construction and Emerald Bay facilities improvements.

CEQA consideration:
• Resolution 20-06-06.1 Lake Tahoe Water Trail Outreach – not applicable
• Resolution 20-06-06.2 Rubicon Trail and Emerald Bay Facilities Upgrade – categorical exemption

8. 56-Acre Master Plan Grant (action):

Consideration and possible authorization to award a grant of up to $425,000 to the City of South Lake Tahoe (City) for the development of the 56-Acre Master Plan, which will provide a comprehensive strategy and environmental review to guide the City’s proposed improvements at the 56-Acre site.

CEQA consideration: statutory exemption

(Resolution 20-06-07)

9. Tahoe Resource Conservation District Update (discussion only):

Discuss the Tahoe Resource Conservation District and Conservancy collaborative partnership and the seasonal crews, which provide land management, restoration, and forestry services for the Conservancy.

10. Fiscal Year 2020/21 Program Authorization (action):

Consideration and possible authorization to expend up to $1,845,000 in Fiscal Year 2020/21 for purposes that include feasibility analysis, project planning and monitoring, land management, technical assistance, and authorization for continued land bank operations.

CEQA consideration: not applicable

(Resolution 19-06-08)

11. Conservancy Tahoe Livable Communities Program Update (discussion only):

Discuss the status of the Conservancy Tahoe Livable Communities Program, including property acquisitions, land bank transactions, and the 17 Conservancy asset lands in the City, Meyers, and Kings Beach.

12. Chair’s Report

13. Board Committee Updates

14. Board Member Comment

a. Potential Agenda Items for the September 16-17 Board Meeting (discussion only): Discuss potential agenda items for the September 16-17 Board meeting.

15. Public Comment on Items Not on the Agenda

16. Closed Session

The Conservancy will meet in closed session to conduct a performance evaluation of the Executive Director. Authority: Gov. Code, § 11126(a)(1).

17. Adjourn

Schedule/General Meeting Information: Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Conservancy Board Chair. Items are numbered for identification purposes and will not necessarily be considered in this order. Members of the public intending to comment on agenda and non-agenda items may be asked to use the meeting sign-in sheet before the start of the meeting. The Board Chair may limit the amount of time allocated for public comment on particular issues and for each individual speaker. All Board materials, such as Board books and Board packets, exhibits, PowerPoint presentations, and agenda materials, are hereby made a part of the record for the appropriate item.

Discussion Items: Discussion items or tours involve staff presentations and updates; no Board action will be taken. (Gov. Code, § 11122.)

Consent Items: Consent items are expected to be routine and non-controversial. Recommendations will ordinarily be acted on without discussion. If any Board member, staff member, or other interested party or member of the public requests discussion of a consent item, it may be removed from consent and taken up in the regular agenda order, or in an order determined by the Board Chair.

Use of Electronic Devices: Board members accessing their laptops, phones, or other electronic devices may use the equipment during the meeting to view the meeting materials which are provided in electronic format. Any use of these devices for direct communication employed by a majority of the members of a State body to develop a collective concurrence as to action to be taken on an item is prohibited.

Recording: Conservancy Board meetings are recorded electronically.

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Clerk of the Board
(530) 543-6000