Historic First Conservancy Board Meeting Scheduled

Sacramento — The California Resources Agency announced the date and agenda for the “Inaugural Meeting” of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 12 at 10:00 AM in the California Energy Commission Building at 1516 Ninth Street in Sacramento, Hearing Room A.

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy was created in 2004 through an historic bipartisan effort by Assemblymembers Tim Leslie (R-Tahoe City) and John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) and signed by Governor Schwarzenegger on the banks of the Bear River. Conversations about the need for a Sierra Conservancy had begun as early as 1976.

The agenda for this first Board meeting includes the seating of 13 Board members and a presentation by Assemblymembers Leslie and Laird. Reports from the Attorney General's office and outreach and organizational activities of the new Conservancy will be discussed.

The agenda also includes consideration of the proposed 2005-2006 budget request for the Conservancy and consideration of a recruitment and selection process for the Executive Officer position.

Updates on funding — including Assembly Bill 84, which would create a Sierra Nevada License Plate to fund operations of the Sierra Conservancy — will also be heard.

Immediately following the Board meeting, The Sierra Fund and the Regional Council of Rural Counties (RCRC) will host a short welcoming ceremony for new members of the Board of Directors.

To view the newly designed state web site for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, with an agenda and organizational details, please click here.

For more information about this e-mail, call The Sierra Fund at 530.265.8454 ext. 10.