California Tahoe Conservancy Board meeting

Online Meeting | September 17, 2020

Meeting Agenda


Thursday, September 17, 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, 1-301-715-8592, 1-312-626-6799, or 1-929-205-6099

The webinar ID is 968 4579 1815.

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 will be available on the Conservancy website in advance of the meeting. For additional information, please contact the Conservancy at or (530) 542-5580.

Technical assistance: For technical assistance in joining the meeting on September 17 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 20-09-01)

b. Approval of Board Agenda (action) (Resolution 20-09-02)

c. Lake Tahoe Airport Fence Long-Term License Agreement (action): Consideration and possible authorization to execute a long-term license agreement allowing the City of South Lake Tahoe (City) to access and maintain existing wildlife-exclusion fencing for the Lake Tahoe Airport along the common boundaries between Conservancy (El Dorado County Assessment Numbers (ANs) 032-090-013 and 033-110-011) and City property.

CEQA consideration: categorical exemption

(Resolution 20-09-03)

d. Lake Tahoe Airport Power Line Long-Term License Agreement (action): Consideration and possible authorization to execute a long-term license agreement allowing the City to access and maintain an existing underground power line that crosses Conservancy property (El Dorado County ANs 031-020-033 and 031-020-045).

CEQA consideration: categorical exemption

(Resolution 20-09-04)

e. Phase 2 of the California State Parks Fuel Hazard Reduction and Understory Burning Project (action): Consideration and possible authorization to grant up to $97,500 to the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) for implementation of DPR’s Phase 2 of its Fuel Hazard Reduction and Understory Burning Project involving hand thinning and understory burning at Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park.

CEQA consideration: previously analyzed

(Resolution 20-09-05)

f. Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisition (action): Consideration and possible authorization to acquire one parcel at 2130 Lake Tahoe Boulevard in the City (El Dorado County AN 023-241-022) for up to $475,000, and subsequent demolition of the existing structure on the parcel and related site stabilization.

CEQA consideration: categorical exemption

(Resolution 20-09-06)

3. Executive Director’s Report

• Video tours of Tahoe Pines Restoration Project, Upper Truckee River and Marsh Restoration Project, and South Tahoe Greenway Shared-Use Trail Project Phases 1b and 2.

4. Public Comment on Items Not on the Agenda

5. Watershed Hydrosimulations Grant (action):

Consideration and possible authorization to award a grant of up to $80,000 to the Desert Research Institute to complete watershed hydrosimulation modeling and analyze the vulnerability of catchment areas in the Lake Tahoe Basin to climate change.

CEQA consideration: previously analyzed

(Resolution 20-09-07)

6. Proposition 68 Forestry Grants (action):

Consideration and possible authorization to award the following two grants: 1) a grant of up to $75,000 to the USDA, Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station for a prescribed fire optimization strategy, which involves fire optimization research and analysis as well as development of a plan for the targeted use of fire treatments; and 2) a grant of up to $351,000 to the Lake Tahoe Community College District for a forest health training and job placement program.

CEQA consideration:

  • Resolution 20-09-08.1 Prescribed Fire Optimization Strategy – categorical exemption
  • Resolution 20-09-08.2 Forest Health Training and Job Placement Program – categorical exemption

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

Discuss the status of the Conservancy Tahoe Livable Communities Program, including the Sugar Pine Village Project and other Conservancy asset lands in the City, Meyers, and Kings Beach; property acquisitions; and land bank transactions. The Board will also hear a presentation from the Tahoe Prosperity Center on implementing the South Shore Housing Assessment.

8. Chair’s Report

9. Board Committee Updates

10. Board Member Comment

a. Potential Agenda Items for the December 10 Board Meeting (discussion only): Discuss potential agenda items for the December 10 Board meeting.

11. Public Comment on Items Not on the Agenda

12. 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 evices 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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