AUBURN, Calif. December 9, 2019 – The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC), a California state agency focused on supporting and improving the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada, will host a field trip and hold its quarterly Board Meeting in Mill Creek Dec. 11 & 12.

The two-day event in eastern Tehama County kicks off with visits to SNC grant-funded project sites in Childs Meadow and Onion Ridge where SNC staff and partners will discuss current issues and initiatives in the North Central Subregion. Particular focus will be on forest health, fuels reduction, and habitat restoration, the main goals of the Childs Meadow Fuel Reduction and Forest Resiliency Project and the Onion Ridge Fuel Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Project.   

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Speakers from Lassen Volcanic National Park, Sierra Pacific Industries, the Regional Conservation District of Tehama County, Collins Pine Company, and the SNC will jointly talk about how the work of both projects is following the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP), while helping to solve ecological and economic issues affecting the rural area. The tour starts at 1 p.m. at the main parking lot of The Highlands Ranch Resort located at 41515 Highway 36 East in Mill Creek and will end at the same location around 4:30 p.m. It will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m.

The following day, Dec. 12, the Board will host its quarterly meeting at 9 a.m. at The Highlands Resort in Mills Creek. After election of a new Board chair and vice chair for the coming year, staff will update members on SNC activities including the allocation of Proposition 84 funds to the Concow Resilience Project to complete planning and environmental review on the reforestation pilot program taking place in an area that burned severely in the 2018 Camp Fire. The Board may also award more than $900,000 in new Proposition 68 grant funding to eight projects focused on land conservation, community resilience, and recreation/tourism enhancement throughout the Sierra Nevada.  

The public is invited to attend all SNC events. A complete agenda, along with registration forms for the tour and/or board meeting are available at www.sierranevada.ca.gov. Those attending the field tour are responsible for their own transportation and lunch.

About the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and
the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is a state agency whose mission is to improve the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the 25-million-acre Sierra Nevada Region. The SNC leads the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP), a large-scale restoration program designed to restore the health of California’s primary watershed and create resilient Sierra Nevada Communities. Additional information about the SNC and the WIP can be found at sierranevada.ca.gov.