Coastal Conservancy Public Zoom Meeting – September 23, 2021

Meeting Notice

Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chair
Ann Notthoff (Public Member), Vice Chair
Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš (Public Member)
Joseph Alioto Jr. (Public Member)
Wade Crowfoot, Secretary for Natural Resources; Bryan Cash (Designated)
Stephen Padilla, Coastal Commission Chair; Alison Dettmer (Designated)
Keely Bosler, Director, Department of Finance; Gayle Miller (Designated)

Senate Representatives
Benjamin Allen (District 26)
Josh Becker (District 13)
John Laird (District 17)

Assembly Representatives
Mark Stone (District 29)
Lorena Gonzalez (District 80)

Mary Small, Interim Executive Officer
Amy Roach, General Counsel

AGENDA

Teleconference Meeting
DATE: September 23, 2021
TIME: 10:00 A.M

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. Consistent with the Executive Order, this Conservancy meeting will be conducted by internet and teleconference, with no public physical location. Members of the public may join by internet with Zoom or dial into the teleconference with the following steps:

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1. ROLL CALL

2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s May 27, 2021 public meeting.

3. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s June 07, 2021 public meeting.

4. PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

5. CONSENT ITEMS

A. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $980,000 awarded to the Conservancy by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under its National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation to augment a Conservancy grant authorized on December 19, 2019 to complete Phase 2 of the Elkhorn Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project in Elkhorn Slough, Monterey County.

B. Consideration and possible authorization to transfer fee title to nine Conservancy-owned parcels in the Bodega Bay area to the County of Sonoma; approval of the implementation/disposition plans for the property transfer; and authorization to disburse up to $34,000 to Sonoma County Regional Parks to prepare surveys and Phase 1 environmental site assessments of the parcels.

C. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $212,812 to San Mateo County Harbor District to construct new public restrooms, realign a small segment of the California Coastal Trail, reconfigure the parking lot, and install other visitor-serving amenities at Pillar Point Harbor adjacent to Surfer’s Beach in San Mateo County.

D. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $100,000 to the County of Santa Cruz to develop a facilities and management plan for public access and natural resource protection for the north coast region of Santa Cruz County.

E. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $200,000 to San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) to enhance and restore 4.6 acres of riparian upland habitat at Ocean Knoll Canyon in the City of Encinitas, San Diego County.

F. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $216,636 to the Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to conduct invasive plant removal to enhance native riparian habitat on the Santa Clara River in Ventura County.

G. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $35,780 to Orange County Coastkeeper to conduct monitoring and outreach to protect endangered bird species and associated habitat located near the Santa Ana River Mouth in the cities of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.

H. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $180,680 to the Environmental Center of San Diego to prepare environmental assessments, permit applications, and draft engineering designs to provide additional public access at Princess Street in La Jolla, San Diego.

I. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $3,500,000 to augment the Conservancy grant of $4,900,000, previously authorized to the Crystal Cove Conservancy to restore 17 historic cottages on North Beach of the Crystal Cove Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County.

J. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $165,000 to Trout Unlimited to augment an existing Conservancy grant authorized on May 24, 2018, to replace a concrete creek crossing with a fish-friendly box culvert on Cachagua Creek, a tributary to the Carmel River in Monterey County.

K. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $200,000 to the Sierra Health Foundation to work with tribal entities to conduct planning to further tribal access, tribal participation in land management, and land acquisition by tribal entities at multiple sites in Orange County.

6. EXECUTIVE OFFICER HIRING SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT

7. EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT

A. Legislative Report

B. Consideration and possible approval of Project Selection Criteria

C. Coastal Access Standards

D. Update on Coastal Stories Grant Program

E. Update on proposed Endless Summer License Plate

F. Update on 2019 Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management Plan

G. Consideration and possible approval of the 2022 Conservancy meeting schedule

CENTRAL COAST

8. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $755,820 to Earth Island Institute to remove two fish barriers, replace them with bridges, and restore habitat on Davy Brown Creek, located in the Santa Maria River watershed, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

9. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $825,000 to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County for the acquisition of three conservation easements on the 7,681-acre Attiyeh Ranch in northern San Luis Obispo County.

SOUTH COAST

10. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $330,040 to Amigos de los Rios to implement the Monrovia High School Watershed Discovery Project in Monrovia, Los Angeles County.

11. Consideration and possible authorization to terminate the Coastal Conservancy’s Calleguas Creek Watershed In-lieu Fee Program by disbursing $2,453,773 million for the purchase of 58.11 jurisdictional wetland and riparian buffer credits from the Santa Paula Creek Mitigation Bank.

12. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $495,000 to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to prepare final engineering designs and construction specifications, and prepare and submit permit applications needed to: 1) update and repair existing public beach access amenities, including two beach stairways, and to 2) install new Americans with Disabilities Act compliant public access amenities, including a restroom, at Lechuza Beach in the City of Malibu.

13. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,342,500 to the Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District for construction of a segment of the Santa Ana River Trail as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Prado Dam Alcoa Dike construction project, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

14. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $310,000 to Coastal Quest to conduct stakeholder outreach and engagement for coastal resiliency planning for state parks on the San Diego County coast.

STATEWIDE

15. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,721,088 to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for 45 projects that facilitate and enhance the public’s opportunities to explore the California coast. Participants are drawn from throughout the State and will visit coastal locations from Del Norte County south to San Diego County.

16. CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS

17. CLOSED SESSION

A. To confer regarding Grassroots Coalition, et al. v. California State Coastal Conservancy, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. 21STCP02237. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A)

B. To confer regarding Defend Ballona Wetlands, et al. v. California State Coastal Conservancy, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. 20STCV29911. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

C. To confer regarding Pappas, et al. v. State Coastal Conservancy, et al., Santa Barbara County, Superior Court, Case No. 1417388. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

D. To confer regarding Lebolt v. City and County of San Francisco, et al., San Francisco County, Superior Court Case No. CGC-19-581761. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

E. To confer regarding City of Trinidad v. Tsurai Ancestral Society, et al., Humboldt County Superior Court Case No. DR180684. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

Please note: If a closed session is needed, the closed session of the meeting will be conducted on a separate conference line, after announcement of the convening of a closed session on the weblink identified above. The board will reconvene on the weblink provided above to make any reports, provide any documentation, and make any other disclosures required by Section 11125.2 of the Government Code.

18. ADJOURNMENT

Note: Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Conservancy. At any time during the meeting, but prior to the adjournment of the open session of the meeting, the Conservancy may recess or adjourn to closed session to consider personnel matters, prices and terms of real estate transactions, and possible and pending litigation. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to attorney-client privilege and statutory authorization under Government Code Sections 11126(a), (c) (7), and (e).

Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this public meeting should contact Taylor Samuelson no later than five days prior to meeting.
Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Taylor Samuelson at
(510) 286-4182 or Taylor.Samuelson@scc.ca.gov or at the Conservancy:
1550 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Implementation Meeting #38 – September 10, 2021

AGENDA
September 10, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
VIRTUAL MEETING

ZOOM Meeting Information:
For live, online viewing of meeting, go to this address:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/96517077363?pwd=N1NVR0NUQklvSUJEUXErSElVNmdPdz09
Passcode: 869321

To participate remotely by telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 253 215 8782 (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 965 1707 7363
Passcode: 869321

 

Desired Outcomes of Meeting:

  • Attendees are informed of Water Trail-related activities, progress, and accomplishments.
  • Attendees discuss Water Trail implementation priorities
  • Attendees informed of water access planning for the Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project
  • Attendees informed of Great Delta Trail Master Plan and water trail opportunities

 

Time Agenda Item
10:00 Welcome, Introductions, Agenda Review, and Meeting Ground Rules
10:10 Updates and Announcements from Water Trail Staff, Project Management Team, and Advisory Committee Members
10:45 2021/22 Water Trail Implementation Priorities
11:00 Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project Water Access Planning
11:20 Great Delta Trail Master Plan and Water Access Update  
11:45 Public Comments  
12:00 Adjourn  

 

Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Project Management Team; times are approximate.

Questions regarding this meeting may be addressed to Avra Heller, Coastal Conservancy Project Manager, at (510) 286-1212, or avra.heller@scc.ca.gov.

Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting should contact Avra Heller (contact information above) no later than five days prior to the meeting.

 

Job Posting: Staff Services Analyst or Conservancy Program Development Analyst I

“Love the California coast and the environment?  This might be the job for you!”

The position is located in Oakland, CA.

Applications received without ALL the required items (state application std. 678, copy of diploma and/or transcripts, and cover letter), will NOT receive further consideration for this position.

 

SCC will fill the vacancy at the Conservancy Program Development Analyst I level OR the Staff Services Analyst level.  Both duty statements are below for review.

Applicants qualifying for either the Staff Services Analyst or Conservancy Program Development Analyst I classifications are encouraged to apply.

 

If you are not currently on the Staff Services Analyst list, please take the online exam at:  https://www.jobs.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/7PB34.PDF

 

Candidates on the Staff Serves Analyst list who have a BA or BS are eligible for Range C from $4,281 to $5,360.

We are appropriating the Associate Government Program Analyst list for the Conservancy Project Development Analyst I list.  To qualify for the Conservancy Project Development Analyst I position, you will need to meet the minimum qualifications of both classifications.

If you are not currently on the Associate Governmental Program Analyst eligibility list, please take the online exam at:  https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/9PB04.PDF

 

 

This advertisement will be used for this and other permanent and/or limited term vacancies that may occur at the State Coastal Conservancy during the life of the certification list.

Under the direction and guidance of the Central Coast Regional Manager at the Coastal Conservancy, the incumbent supports projects on the coast of California and within coastal watersheds that protect and restore natural habitats and agricultural lands, improve public access to the coast, and address the impacts of climate change on natural resources and communities. The incumbent assists with efforts to disburse state funding to local partners to acquire lands, enhance and restore ecosystems, design and build trails and other recreational facilities, plan and implement climate adaptation projects, implement urban greening projects, provide environmental education, and improve public access for historically underserved communities. The incumbent works to solicit and review grant applications, review documents related to projects, write and present staff recommendations for Conservancy Board approval, develop grant agreements in cooperation with legal staff, ensure that all conditions of the grant agreement are met, review invoices, and monitor the progress of projects. The incumbent works as part of a regional team at the Conservancy and works with grantees, partner agencies, organizations, tribes, and community groups.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

 

More information about the role and how to apply can be found here.

Job Posting: Bay Area Deputy Program Manager

“Love San Francisco Bay, the environment, and managing people? This might be the job for you!”

 

The position is located in Oakland, CA.

Applications received without ALL the required items (state application std. 678, copy of diploma and/or transcripts, cover letter and SOQ), will NOT receive further consideration for this position.

This advertisement will be used for this and other permanent and/or limited term vacancies that may occur at the State Coastal Conservancy during the life of the certification list.

Project Management and Oversight: Directly manage or oversee complex projects to protect, restore, or enhance coastal, bay and watershed resources; to facilitate public access and education related to these resources; or to further any other purposes consistent with the Conservancy or Bay Program enabling legislation.

  • Includes Conservancy-led projects such as the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project, the South Bay Shoreline Project, and the Hamilton/Bel Marin Keys Restoration Project: Manage the work of project staff and consultants; take the lead on procuring and managing funding, including outside grants; serve as primary liaison with the Army Corps of Engineers and other major partners; serve as the Conservancy’s main project point of contact.
  • As assigned, assist in leadership and oversight of other major regional efforts such as Living Shorelines, the Invasive Spartina Project, “Climate Ready” program work, and permit coordination.

Staff and Program Management: Directly manage Bay Program staff members. Work closely with the Regional Manager and other Bay Deputy on program direction, and funding decisions. Participate in Conservancy Management Team. Represent the Conservancy and Bay Program in public settings, meetings, and with other agencies and organizations. As assigned, participate in regional coordination and planning efforts.

May act in the absence of the Program Manager in other supervisory duties; may continue the work of subordinate staff in their absence to ensure the progression and completion of work.

We will be appropriating the Staff Services Manager II (supervisory) eligibility list for the Conservancy Project Development Manager list. You will need to meet the minimum qualifications of both classifications.   If you are not currently on the Staff Services Manager II (supervisory) list, please take the online exam at:  https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/9PB16.PDF

Additional information about the job is in the Duty Statement.

You will find additional information about the job and how to apply here. 

Job Posting: Project Development Analyst (Limited Term/Full Time)

“Love the California coast and the environment?  This might be the job for you!”

The position headquarters is located in Oakland, CA.

Applications received without ALL the required items (state application std. 678, copy of diploma and/or transcripts, and cover letter), will NOT receive further consideration for this position.

This position is advertised as limited-term/full-time but may become permanent/full-time.

This advertisement will be used for this and other permanent and/or limited term vacancies that may occur at the State Coastal Conservancy during the life of the certification list.

The CPDA II incumbent is expected to work under general direction of a Regional Manager.  It is expected that the work produced by a CPDA II will be reviewed by the Regional Manager or produced with the assistance or guidance of a Conservancy Project Development Manager (CPDM), or Conservancy Project Development Specialist (CPDS). Develop and implement programs and projects dealing with wildfire risk reduction, to improve natural lands management, and to help communities address the effects of climate change.  Percentages in the attached duty statement indicate the frequency of the task on an annual basis.   

 

This position is advertised as limited-term but may become permanent.  This advertisement will be used for this and other permanent and/or limited term vacancies that may occur at the State Coastal Conservancy during the life of the certification list.

 

We will be appropriating the Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) eligibility list for the Conservancy Project Development Analyst II list. You will need to meet the minimum qualifications of both classifications.   If you are not currently on the AGPA list, please take the online exam at:  https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/9PB04.PDF

Additional information about the job is in the Duty Statement.

 

You will find additional information about the job and how to apply here.

Job Posting: Executive Officer

Executive Officer/California Coastal Conservancy 

SCC Staff

SCC Staff

The State Coastal Conservancy is seeking a new Executive Officer. This is an exciting and rare opportunity for an experienced professional to lead an organization’s efforts to protect, restore, protect and improve natural lands and waterways and increase access to the coast for families and individuals in California.

 

Mission Statement

The Coastal Conservancy is a state agency, established in 1976, to protect and improve natural lands and waterways, expand public access for all to enjoy the outdoors, and sustain local economies along the length of California’s coast and around San Francisco Bay. The Conservancy, along with the Coastal Commission and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission comprise California’s federally approved Coastal Management Program.

  • Projects: The Coastal Conservancy is actively supporting hundreds of projects in coastal counties inland and along the coast and around the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Climate: Climate change is having profound impacts on California’s coastal resources. The Coastal Conservancy is leading many efforts to increase resiliency, prepare for and reduce these impacts.
  • Equity: The Coastal Conservancy is an active partner in efforts to support projects that promote equitable project outcomes for all Californians, especially under-served and/or frontline communities.

Duties

The Executive Officer (EO) of the State Coastal Conservancy is appointed by, and is directly responsible to, a seven-member board consisting of four members of the public appointed by the Governor (2), Speaker of the Assembly (1) and State Senate Rules Committee (1), the California Coastal commission Chair, the Natural Resources Agency Secretary, and the Director of Finance. The Executive Officer, in collaboration and cooperation with the Board is Responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and administering the functions of the Coastal Conservancy.

Manage and lead the Coastal Conservancy staff of 70, including eight direct reports.

Serve as the Executive Officer (EO) of San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, which has a $25 million per year budget for habitat restoration along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay. The Executive Officer is the face with the public, to the press, other government entities and NGO’s. The Executive Officer, in cooperation with the Board is Responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and administering the functions of the Restoration Authority including supervising the staff.

Prioritize and approve expenditure of the Coastal Conservancy budget averaging $70 million per year and consisting of bond funds, special funds, non-governmental funds, federal funds, and reimbursements for legislatively mandated programs. Manage an average of $20 million annually in federal grants.

Develop and maintain relationships with external entities. This includes community-based groups, non-profit organizations, local governments, mayors, city council members, county supervisors, city managers, state and federal legislators and other appointed and elected officials, making presentations, attending project openings, ribbon cutting ceremonies and other public events.

Serve on the boards of Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority, Baldwin Hills Conservancy, Morro Bay National Estuary Program, and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.

Salary $11,867 – $13,219 — Monthly

Application Deadline: Friday, August 27, 2021

More information on the role and how to apply can be found here.

 

Webinar: Updating our Project Selection Criteria, June 21

The Coastal Conservancy is updating its project selection criteria and we are asking for public comments on the proposed new criteria. The draft proposed criteria are here.

 

There will be a webinar to discuss the proposed criteria on June 21 at 1:00 pm PST, to register, click here.

 

If you would like to send in comments, you can send them by email to: JEDI@scc.ca.gov or fill-in this anonymous comment form.

 

Comments are due by July 1, 2021.

 

The Conservancy has used project selection criteria for the past twenty years to communicate priorities to potential applicants and project partners, to evaluate grant applications, and to prioritize projects for funding. The current criteria can be found here.

 

This updating process is in response to the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Guidelines adopted by the Conservancy Board in September of last year. The new project selection criteria will reflect the JEDI Guidelines that address funding programs, meaningful engagement and working with California’s tribes. The update is also an opportunity to align the criteria related to climate change with current state policy and guidance.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Consultant to Assess Community Engagement & Benefits of Grant Program, “Advancing Nature-Based Adaptation Solutions in Marin County”

Led by the CA State Coastal Conservancy and the Marin Community Foundation

The California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) is seeking qualifications of potential Consultants to assess the community engagement and benefits provided by a three-year grant program conducted by SCC in partnership with the Marin Community Foundation (MCF), “Advancing Nature-Based Adaptation Solutions in Marin County”. The Consultant will review the grant program processes and 13 projects, conduct interviews, summarize and report on findings, and conduct a workshop sharing session for the program’s grantees to support them in furthering community benefits in their work.

SCC is releasing this Request for Proposals to find a qualified California certified Small Business (SB) or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE)* contractor to provide these services. Read the full RFP for more details and instructions for proposal submittal.

Proposal Deadline: Friday, August 6, 2021, at 5:00pm

If you have any general questions, please email shalini.kannan@scc.ca.gov

 

San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Implementation Meeting #37 – June 18, 2021

AGENDA

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location – VIRTUAL MEETING

Please click this URL to join Zoom webinar:

https://zoom.us/j/96312410067?pwd=MUNLaTE2OS9PR3RmVVVBQ0M4TUtvQT09

Passcode: 035802

Or join by phone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 253 215 8782 (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 963 1241 0067
Passcode: 035802

 

Desired Outcomes of Meeting:

  • Attendees are informed of Water Trail-related activities, progress, and accomplishments.
  • Attendees informed of Literacy for Environmental Justice grant proposal.
  • Attendees informed of “Best of the Bay Trail and Bay Area Water Trail” guidebook.

 

Time – Agenda Items

10:00 – Welcome, Introductions, Agenda Review, and Meeting Ground Rules / Zoom Logistics

10:10 – Updates and Announcements from Water Trail Staff, Project Management Team, and Advisory Committee Members

10:50 – Literacy for Environmental Justice – Water Trail Grant Proposal

11:10 – Presentation on the “Best of the Bay Trail and Bay Area Water Trail” guidebook

11:45 – Public Comments

12:00 – Adjourn

 

Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Project Management Team; times are approximate.

Questions regarding this meeting and any accessibility needs may be addressed to Avra Heller, Coastal Conservancy Project Manager, at (510) 286-1212, or avra.heller@scc.ca.gov.

Press Release: State Coastal Conservancy Awards $10.8 Million for Wildfire Resilience in this Fire Season

(Oakland, CA) – Today, the Board of the State Coastal Conservancy authorized funding totaling over $10.8 for 33 projects throughout the coast of California to increase the resilience of coastal forests and open space to wildfires.

“These projects will help prepare coastal habitats for catastrophic wildfires by creating fire breaks, clearing debris, removing hazardous trees along fire roads, and other measures intended to slow the spread of wildfire, protect communities, and help forests recover from fire more quickly.” Said Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer of the State Coastal Conservancy. “California has suffered a string of devastating fire seasons; we are one of many state and local agencies working to help us better anticipate, mitigate, and recover from wildfire in the future. Thanks to early action funding appropriated by the Legislature and Governor in April, we’re going to get these projects underway before the worst of this year’s fire season.”

Today’s grants are part of the Conservancy’s Wildfire Resilience Program, which supports local partners to develop and implement projects that improve forest health and reduce the risk of catastrophic fire in areas where people are living near wildlands. The Wildfire Resilience Program also aims to build organizational capacity at the local and regional level to implement forest health and fire risk reduction projects that help prevent isolated fires from becoming wildfires.

More on the Conservancy’s Wildfire Resilience Program can be found here: https://scc.ca.gov/wildfire-resilience-program/

The projects approved at today’s meeting were:

  1. A grant of $7,650 to the National Audubon Society to create and maintain defensible space around buildings within Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary, located in unincorporated Orange County.

 

  1. A grant of $23,588 to the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County to implement prescribed herbivory to reduce fuel loads and create a buffer to prevent wildfire spread in the southern portion of Arroyo Hondo Preservein Santa Barbara County.
  2. A grant of $35,000 to the Hoopa Valley Tribe to implement shaded fuel brakes or defensible space projects to protect the homes of approximately 75 vulnerable residents on the Hoopa Valley Tribal Reservation, Humboldt County.
  3. A grant of $45,000 to the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea to remove hazardous fire fuels in City’s Mission Trail Nature Preserve, Monterey County.
  4. A grant of $47,721 to the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency for eucalyptus removal and weed abatement in a high fire hazard severity zone at Davidson Ranch Reserve, in Santa Clara County.
  5. A grant of $75,000 to the Trinity County Resource Conservation District to implement fuel reduction projects on Bureau of Land Management property in the community of Lewiston, Trinity County.
  6. A grant of $100,000 to the City of Santa Cruz to undertake vegetation management to reduce fire risk at two open space areas at Arroyo Seco Canyon and DeLaveaga Park.
  7. A grant of $115,000 to the Cazadero Community Services District to acquire a Brush Chipper, skid steer bucket loader and supplies for use in vegetation management activities, and to undertake such activities, to decrease the risk of wildfire in the vicinity of Cazadero, Sonoma County.
  8. A grant of $120,000 to the Carpinteria-SummerlandFire Protection District for a multi-pronged wildfire hazard fuels reduction project in the Carpinteria-Summerland area of Santa Barbara County.
  9. A grant of $130,000 to the City of Pacifica and $67,500 to the City of Brisbane for the North County Fire Authority to implement two wildfire fuel reduction projects in the wildland urban interface in northern San Mateo County, including vegetation management along public roadways in City of Brisbane and a community chipper program in the City of Pacifica.
  10. A grant of $144,000 to the City of Mill Valley to reduce fuels build up, create defensible space along the Blithedale Ridge Fire Road and perform fire-related public outreach in the vicinity of the Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve,Mill Valley, Marin County.
  11. A grant of $150,000 to Sonoma Land Trust to conduct wildfire risk reduction activities on the Little Black Mountain Preserve, Laufenberg Ranch, Pole Mountain Preserve, and Live Oaks Ranchproperties in Sonoma County.
  12. A grant of $150,000 to LandPaths to conduct approximately 60 acres of fuels reduction and burn area restoration on the Bohemia Ecological Preserve, Riddell Preserve, Rancho Mark West Preserve, and Ocean Song Preserve properties in Sonoma County.
  13. A grant of $194,400 to Woodside Fire Protection Districtfor fuel reduction management practices and invasive plant removal in San Mateo County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  14. A grant of $197,621 to Mendocino County to implement the Mendocino County Fuels Reduction Capacity Building Projectin Mendocino County.
  15. A grant of $200,000 to San Lorenzo Valley Water Districtfor vegetation management to reduce fire risk to critical infrastructure on land owned and operated by the District in Santa Cruz County.
  16. A grant of $209,800 to The Wildlands Conservancy to undertake fuels reduction and vegetation management on the Jenner Headlands Preserve, Sonoma County.
  17. A grant of $250,000 to the Pala Band of Mission Indians to implement a hazardous fuels reduction project within a wildland urban interface on the Pala Band of Mission Indians’ Reservationin San Diego County.
  18. A grant of $290,600 to the East Bay Regional Park District to expand on-going fuel treatments and fuel breaks and conduct biological surveys on East Bay Regional Park lands, specifically in two recommended treatment areas: Tilden Regional Park – TI002a and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park – WC005.

 

  1. A grant of $277,166 to the Sonoma County Water Agency to conduct wildfire resilience activities at Spring Lake Regional Park, Sonoma County.

 

  1. A grant of $345,650 to Sonoma County Regional Parks to conduct wildfire resilience activities consisting of shaded fuel breaks at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park and prescribed grazing at Taylor Mountain Regional Parkand Open Space Preserve, Sonoma County.

 

  1. A grant of $575,000 to the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to conduct wildfire resilience activities at Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve, Sonoma County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  2. A grant of $1,078,684 to the Napa County Resource Conservation District for wildfire resilience activities at Linda Falls Preserve, Pacific Union College Demonstration and Experimental Forest, Suscol Intertribal Council’s Suskol House Land, and Moore Creek Park, Napa County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  3. A grant of $299,253 to the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indiansto reduce fire-fuels created by the 2019 Kincade Fire and restore approximately 57 acres of the Rancheria in Sonoma County, and adoption of findings pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.
  4. A grant of $414,000 to the City of Healdsburg for its Fire Department to conduct wildfire fuel management and control line treatments on three open space preserves (Healdsburg Ridge, Callahan and Fitch Mountain) adjacent to the City of Healdsburg in Sonoma County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  5. A grant of $1,000,000 to Save the Redwoods League to conduct forest restoration treatments to improve forest health and wildfire resiliency in the Greater Prairie Creek Watershed within Redwood National and State Parks, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

 

  1. A grant of $1,000,000 to the Marin Municipal Water District to implement vegetation management projects identified in the Biodiversity, Fire, and Fuels Integrated Plan (BFFIP) in the Mount Tamalpais Watershed, and to reduce ladder fuels in the Marin County Parks Blithedale Summit Preserve, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  2. A grant of $396,000 to Santa Barbara County for a community defensible space project in the San Antonio Creekarea of Santa Barbara County.
  3. A grant of $400,000 to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to reduce wildland vegetation fuels, remove fire prone invasive species, and expand shaded fuel break areas through their Wildland Fire Resiliency Program in up to 11 preserves in San Mateo County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  4. A grant of $1,000,000 to San Mateo Resource Conservation District to establish a shaded fuel break and remove hazardous trees along fire roads within Quarry Parkin El Granada, San Mateo County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

 

  1. A grant of $317,071 to the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabelto reduce fire fuels in undeveloped woodlands and open spaces and create defensible space around buildings, water systems, and roadways on Iipay Nation trust lands.
  2. A grant of $661,367 to the Urban Corps of San Diego to conduct fuel modification for wildfire resilience in open space in the City of Chula Vista and in seven San Diego County preserves; and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  3. A grant of $581,500 to North East Trees for the Flat Top Park Fire Resilienceproject in the City of Los Angeles.

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