California Tahoe Conservancy Board meeting
Online Meeting | March 18, 2021
MEETING OF THE CALIFORNIA TAHOE CONSERVANCY BOARD
Thursday, March 18, 2021 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: https://zoom.us/j/98047734212
Join the meeting by telephone: (346) 248-7799, (669) 900-6833, (253) 215-8782, (312) 626-6799, (929) 205-6099, or (301) 715-8592
The webinar ID is 980 4773 4212.
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 https://tahoe.ca.gov/public-participation-guide-for-conservancy-board-virtual-meetings.
Meeting materials: Meeting materials will be available on the Conservancy website in advance of the meeting. For additional information, please contact the Conservancy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 542-5580.
Technical assistance: For technical assistance in joining the meeting on March 18 by telephone or Zoom Webinar link, please contact the Conservancy at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 21-03-01)
b. Approval of Board Agenda (action) (Resolution 21-03-02)
c. Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act Round 16 California Regional Hazardous Fuel Reduction Projects (actions): Consideration and possible authorization to adopt the three following resolutions:
- Resolution 21-03-03.1 authorizing the expenditure of up to $929,500 to implement the Carnelian Canyon Fuel Hazard Reduction Project on Conservancy, local government, and private land, and the execution of agreements, including grants, as necessary for implementation;
- Resolution 21-03-03.2 authorizing the expenditure of up to $331,500 to implement the Dollar Southwest Fuel Hazard Reduction Project on Conservancy land, and the execution of agreements as necessary for implementation; and
- Resolution 21-03-03.3 authorizing the expenditure of up to $97,500 to implement the Tahoe Pines Fuel Hazard Reduction Project on Conservancy land, and the execution of agreements as necessary for implementation.
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) consideration:
- Categorical exemption:
- Resolution 21-03-03.1 Carnelian Canyon Fuel Hazard Reduction Project
- Resolution 21-03-03.2 Dollar Southwest Fuel Hazard Reduction Project
- Resolution 21-03-03.3 Tahoe Pines Fuel Hazard Reduction Project
- Categorical exemption:
3. Public Comment on Items Not on the Agenda
4. Executive Director’s Report
- Sugar Pine Village Project Update
- Budget and Funding Update
5. Chair’s Report
6. Community and Climate Resilience Update and Panel Discussion (discussion only):
Conservancy staff will review key state initiatives and mandates; discuss the Conservancy’s accomplishments in aligning its programs with these initiatives; and highlight emerging challenges, opportunities, and questions. The panelists will discuss key issues associated with building community and climate resilience in the State and Lake Tahoe Basin, and will answer questions centered on the following topics: regional integration, sustainable communities, racial equity, and tribal co-management.
- Wade Crowfoot, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
- Louise Bedsworth, Executive Director, Strategic Growth Council
- Sherry Hazelhurst, Director of State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
- Nuin-Tara Key, Deputy Director for Climate Resilience, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
- Henry Stern, California State Senator (invited)
7. Senate Bill 630 Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Grant Award (action):
Consideration and possible authorization to award a grant to the Tahoe Resource Conservation District for up to $500,000 to conduct aquatic invasive plant control activities within the Tahoe Keys Offshore Complex.
CEQA consideration: review and consider mitigated negative declaration and possible adoption of mitigation monitoring and reporting program
8. Public Comment on Items Not on the Agenda
9. Board Member Comment
10. Closed Session
The Board will meet in closed session to confer regarding pending litigation pursuant to Government Code section 11126(e)(2)(A). The pending litigation is Tahoe Regional Planning Agency v. Mountain Addiction, LLC, et al., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Case No. 2:20-cv-00945-TLN-KJN.
The Board will also meet in closed session to confer regarding personnel matters pursuant to Government Code section 11126(a).
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.
Cover photo taken by Conservancy staff