Thursday, September 30, 2010

Announcement from our facilitator

Hello Everyone,

I am excited to be joining the Sagehen Collaborative Project.

The next three meetings will take place as noted below. Additional meetings will be scheduled in collaboration with all of you.

October 14, 2010
10:00am to 3:00pm
Truckee Ranger District offices & Sagehen Field Visit

October 29, 2010
10:00am to 3:00pm
Truckee Ranger District offices & Sagehen Field Visit

November 16, 2010
10:00am to 3:00pm
Truckee Ranger District offices (& Sagehen Field Visit as needed and weather permitting)

A week before each meeting, I will publish an agenda and, as much as possible, include the meeting materials.

While a detailed agenda will be published for the October 14 meeting, I’d like to let you know we (Peter Stine, Joanne Roubique and other USFS staff) expect to review the goals of the Sagehen Collaborative Project, recruit a planning committee, receive a briefing on the two Demonstrations Plots and tour the Demonstration Plots.

The overall aim of the meetings is to devise a forest management strategy that incorporates the objectives of our collaborative group. We hope to have that completed by the spring of 2011 so we can proceed with NEPA.

We hope you can join us for all meetings, but you are welcome to attend as many or few as your schedule allows.

Thank you for your interest and willingness to participate.



Lisa Wallace
Executive Director
Truckee River Watershed Council
P.O. Box 8568
Truckee, CA 9
(530) 550-8760 (Phone)
(530) 725-4407 (fax)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Update from the Forest Service.

Hello Everyone,

Many of you participated in the May 12, 2010 exploratory meeting for the Sagehen Collaborative Project or have expressed interest in participating in future meetings. A summary of the May 12 meeting is available here for your reference.

We have taken several steps since then and wanted to give you an update:

Thanks to the generous assistance of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the Tahoe National Forest, we have secured some funding to continue a facilitated set of meetings for the Sagehen Collaborative Project. Lisa Wallace, Executive Director of the Truckee River Watershed Council, will convene and facilitate 4-8 meetings, as needed. The Watershed Council has often taken the role of neutral convener and facilitator for natural resource management projects in the Truckee area. Under separate cover, Lisa will send information and notification on the next set of meetings. Our goal is the schedule the next meeting in early October.

Per the discussion and agreements at the May 12 meeting, Scott Conway, of the USFS Tahoe National Forest, Truckee Ranger District, has two Demonstration Plots underway in Sagehen Creek Field Station. These Demo Plots will show us what the area may look like after treatment. The "prescription" for these Demo areas was developed with the help of Dr. Malcolm North, using the principles he and his co-authors developed in their recent publication, "An Ecosystem Management Strategy for Sierran Mixed-Conifer Forests" (aka GTR-220). We will be able to tour the Demo Plots at the next meeting. The plots will show us untreated areas marked for treatment, treated areas and are adjacent to areas previously treated using other "prescriptions".

Thank you again for your participation at the May exploratory meeting. The feedback you provided led directly to our ability to continue the collaborative process and to implementing the Demonstration Plots.

We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

/s/ Joanne and Peter

Joanne B. Roubique, District Ranger
Truckee Ranger District - Tahoe NF
10811 Stockrest Spring Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161
530-587-3558 x 232

Peter A. Stine
Pacific Southwest Research Station
U.S. Forest Service
2121 2nd Street, Suite A101
Davis, CA 95616