Sierra Nevada Conservancy hosts virtual board meeting, vote on new grant programs

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy, a California state agency focused on supporting and improving the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada region, which, as of Jan. 1, 2022, now includes roughly two million more acres in parts of Siskiyou, Trinity, and Shasta counties, will host its quarterly governing board meeting via Zoom webinar at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 3.

The governing board will consider approving new grant guidelines for the upcoming Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Program and the Strategic Land Conservation Program – two vital components of the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program. The WIP is a large-scale, holistic effort to restore resilience to forested landscapes and communities throughout the Sierra Nevada. The new programs will allow the Conservancy to award a minimum of $10.54 million in the first cycle of grant funding to projects that boost recreation and tourism in the region and conserve natural and working lands. If approved, both grant programs are expected to start later in March.

During the meeting, the board will also consider awarding more than $2 million in Proposition 68 funding to seven projects in the Sierra Nevada focused on Forest and Watershed HealthResilient Sierra Nevada Communities, and Vibrant Recreation and Tourism.

An agenda, which includes a full list of grant projects and recipients, as well as information on how to access the meeting, can be found on the SNC Board webpage(sierranevada.ca.gov/our-board).

The public is invited to participate in the board meeting via Zoom Webinar (us02web.zoom.us/j/81019688085) and listen to a live stream of the meeting via toll-free telephone at (877) 402-9757 (conference code: 347291).

Instructions on how to join the webinar or livestream the meeting can be found on SNC’s website at sierranevada.ca.gov.

Public comments will be taken during each agenda item and non-agenda-related questions and inquiries will be allowed at the end of the meeting.

The SNC is a California state agency that initiates, encourages, and supports efforts that improve the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region, its communities, and the people of California.