BOARD OF FORESTRY Meeting -- Sacramento, August 5-6,
EXCERPTS REGARDING JACKSON DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST
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Stan Dixon (SD): . . . . . and with that we'll move to Director
Andrea Tuttle (AT): Thank you, Mr. Chairman, good morning Members.
Of course, one of the items that is consuming both us and the Legislature
and the Governor's office is the impasse over the current budget. . . . .
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The Jackson State EIR -- you know that the public comment period
closed. We received around 4000 comments, of which the vast majority were
all a form -- a form letter. We have about 350 distinct different
comments, which is what we're working on. Our intent is to get that to
you as Board members as soon as we can so that you have time to review
the whole thing as a package before you take action on it.
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SD: O.K., Item #17 is a status report on the preparation of the
draft Jackson Demonstration State Forest Management Plan and accompanying
Chris Rowney (CR): Yeah, my understanding -- I, unfortunately, was
a little late here -- so I didn't hear what Director Tuttle provided you,
but I believe she advised you of the number of comments and the ongoing
effort. We have draft responses developed and at present are reviewing
responses to responsible agencies. We received a number of comments -- a
number of agencies did provide us commentary on the Draft Environmental
Impact Report. There's a rather large number of letters with a fairly
significant number of individual comments within each of those letters.
And then a rather large number of form letters, if you will -- that are
essentially -- raise the same issues. So all of those issues will be
addressed as we go through this process.
A lot of this -- it's moving forward, it's -- there's a number of CDF
personnel as well as the contract personnel involved in addressing these
issues. We're making headway, but I don't know yet in talking to our
Chief Counsel -- he's estimated a couple of weeks before we really start
seeing a light at the end of this tunnel, if you will -- in terms of
getting all the information gathered and put into some semblance of
order, so that we can finally, eventually, get this before the Director
for certification. And, at the same time, we still also have to prepare
modifications to the Plan itself -- that are the result of all this
environmental review -- as appropriate. And some of those we haven't
defined yet. So we're aways away -- but we're working diligently to get
that done as quickly as we can.
SD: This -- do you think, Chris, that would -- those things would
happen in time for it to be on the Board's September agenda? Or is it
more likely that it -- ?
CR: That will be a call I would be very hesitant to make. That
would be something that I think the Director, or the Deputy Director,
Ross Johnson and Assistant Deputy Director Mark Stanley would want to
discuss with Board staff -- to make sure the timing, location, and
everything else works appropriately -- relative to the Board's own
workload as well. So in terms of timing, location -- that's something I
think we need to work with Board staff on.
SD: Board members have questions for Chris then?
CR: Thank you.
SD: Board want to take a break? About a fifteen minute break,
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Transcriptions by Richard Geinger from
audiotapes recording the California Board of Forestry
Meeting of August 5-6, 2002