Supes oppose Greater Sage-Grouse as California Endangered Species listing candidate

As the California Department of Fish and Game considers the Greater Sage-Grouse as a candidate for listing as an endangered species, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors opposes that listing.

According to a letter to CDFG included in the agenda packer for the supervisors’ Tuesday, April 9 meeting, “The issue of the Greater Sage Grouse and its habitat is a significant issue for economic, recreational and business interest in Lassen County for decades and continues to be a primary concern of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors …

“The consequences of state CESA listing are difficult to quantify, but there is no evidence that such a listing will provide any additional capacity to implement work on the ground. To the contrary, experience has consistently demonstrated that once such state-level actions are taken, energy is redirected into arguments about the regulatory program itself rather than completing conservation projects that would benefit sage grouse and other wildlife … The pace, scale and quality of on-the-ground conservation work in Lassen County wil be significantly reduced or cease to exist in California in the event of a CESA listing by the California Fish and Game Commission.”

Other items on the agenda
Other items on the agenda include a conference with legal counsel at 9 a.m. regarding existing litigation, a liability claim and a conference with labor negotiator.

The public portion of the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. with public comment; unagendized reports by board members; Public Hearings (Big Valley Groundwater Sustainability Plan); Information and Consent Calendar ($476.10 from District 5 Supervisor Jason Ingram to C&S Waster for Leavitt Lake cleanup, (Auditor/Controller/ Treasurer / Tax Collector — Fund Cash Balances for January and February, Portfolio Report for January and February), County Administrative Office Personnel Report; County Clerk (Minutes of Feb. 27 meeting and minutes of March 12 meeting), Health and Social Services (Job Classification Correction, Public Health purchase order with All Traffic Solutions), Public Works (Agreement with ECCORP Consulting, Grazing Lease for Susanville Ranch Park, Revised Job Descriptions), Sheriff’s Department (Live Scan Equipment at the Jail); Department Reports (County Clerk, Certification of Elections) Board of Supervisors (letter to CDFW regarding the Ash Creek and Willow Creek Wildlife Areas, letter regarding the Greater Sage-Grouse, $500 allocation to the Lassen Grizzly Clay Breakers, naming of conference rooms in Historic Courthouse), Auditor/Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector (first reading of Ordinance No. 2023-03 consolidating the offices), Sheriff’s Department (unfunding the position of executive assistant to the sheriff and create and fund fiscal manager and account technician position) and Correspondence.

The board’s next meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 16.

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