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SNFCI Regional Coordinating Council

The SNC will work with a Regional Coordinating Council to identify and address issues affecting forest health, fire and related economic development. Generally speaking, the Coordinating Council will focus on policy, investment and science and research issues that affect the success of the SNFCI.  The SNC will also work to catalyze stakeholders to address these important issues in the Sierra Nevada by helping local collaborative efforts to convene, identify issues, develop projects and secure funds to implement projects and processes in local areas in support of the Initiative’s goals.  SNC’s role is not to determine specific forest management practices and principles or local economic development strategies, but rather to assist parties within the Region in achieving collaboratively developed objectives.

SNFCI Regional Coordinating Council Meetings

Bill Nunes, Co-Chair Sierra County Board of Supervisors
Steve Wilensky, Co-Chair Calaveras County Board of Supervisors
Bob Kirkwood, Board Liaison SNC Governing Board
Bill Wickman Sustainable Forest Action Coalition
Craig Thomas and/or Warren Alford Sierra Forest Legacy
Dave Bischel and/or Steve Brink California Forestry Association
Eric Holst Environmental Defense Fund
Frank Stewart California Fire Safe Council
Jay Francis The Collins Companies
Jonathan Kusel Sierra Institute for Community and Environment
Mike DeBonis Forest Guild
Terry Davis Sierra Club, Mother Lode Chapter
Mark Rentz Association of California Water Agencies
Patricia Megason and/or Cyndi Hillery Regional Council of Rural Counties
Steve Frisch Sierra Business Council
Valerie Klinefelter

California Association of Resource Conservation and Development Districts

David Edelson The Nature Conservancy

Council Advisors

Dave Graber National Parks
Mike Chapel and/or Susan Skalski U.S. Forest Service
William Haigh Bureau of Land Management

SNC Representative/Staff

Jim Branham Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Kim Carr Sierra Nevada Conservancy

SNFCI Regional Coordinating Council Meetings

Upcoming Council Meetings:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Agenda and location TBA

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Ridge at Auburn
2020 Golf Course Road
Auburn, CA 95602

Council Meeting History

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Ridge at Auburn
2020 Golf Course Road
Auburn, CA 95602 -- Agenda -- Actions

October 24, 2012
Chester, CA
Meeting was canceled due to inclement weather.

July 25, 2012
Sagehen Creek Field Station
Tahoe National Forest
Agenda Agenda Item IIa - Attachment

April 25, 2012
The Ridge at Auburn
2020 Golf Course Road
Auburn, CA 95602

January 25, 2012
The Ridge at Auburn
Agenda Notes

October 26, 2011
The Ridge at Auburn
Agenda Notes

The Ridge at Auburn
June 22, 2011
Agenda Notes

The Ridge at Auburn
March 21, 2011
Agenda Notes

Columbia State Historic Park
November 30, 2011
Agenda Notes

Contact for Coordinating Council

For more information on the Initiative, please contact Kim Carr, Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator, at (209) 620-0553 or via email at

The SNC leads, supports or participates in a wide range of local and regional collaborations striving to achieve the triple bottom line of environmental, social and economic health in our Sierra forests and the communities to which they are connected.