Overview of SFAC

The SFAC is a grass roots coalition that has support in California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Arkansas and Wyoming.  Our primary emphasis is on ecosystem restoration on our public lands.  Through proper restoration of our watersheds and forests, we strive to return our rural counties and related timber products and bio-energy infrastructure back to a social and economic sustainable level.

Watershed Restoration:

Click on the link below (plug n pond) to view upper watershed restoration work to repair deeply incised meadows.  Work is in the Upper Feather River Watershed in Northeastern California.

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Forest Restoration:

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The series of photos above illustrate the tremendous large fuel and crowded stand conditions in many of our public lands forests (first photo); forest landscape view of overstocked and stands that are impacted by drought and insect and disease (second photo); a treated stand within the wildland urban interface (third photo) and a managed eastside pine site that is now ready for historic under-burns and prescribed fire.

Fire and Watershed Impacts:

Many of our watersheds are being impacted by fire and we are losing our riparian zones as well as decreasing the overall water quality due to erosion and siltation post fire.

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SFAC Meetings

Upcoming SFAC meetings:

On February 26, 2015, SFAC in coordination with CSU Chico, Center for Economic Development will be holding a workshop on the relationship between our National Forests and our communities Social and Economic status.  The following announcement provides the information for registering as well as the agenda for the day.  This workshop is a result of SFAC working with CSU Chico and the Region 5 Forest Service Regional Office for over two years on bringing awareness to the National Environmental Policy Act’s requirement to consider the Human Environment in all NEPA decisions.  The results of these workshops will hopefully provide information and direction to Forest Planning staff to consider Social and Economic information in all NEPA documents, which is currently lacking or absent.

Socioeconomic Advert First – Announcement and registration information

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Past Meeting Information:

2014 meetings in Redding;

SFAC held their first meetings in Redding on June 27th and August 22, 2014.  Meetings were held in Redding instead of Sacramento to facilitate the joint effort to work with both Forest Service Regions 5 and 6 and our seven S. Oregon County Commissions and Communities for Healthy Forest members.

August 22, 2014.  SFAC and Region 5 and 6 Regional Forester”s and staff held in Redding, CA.

Agenda;    Region5 and 6 – Agenda – 08.22.14

Minutes:   RO SFAC 8 22 14 Redding minutes

June 27, 2014.  SFAC and political representatives meeting held in Redding, CA

Invitation letter  Sustainable political mtg june 2014

Agenda  SFAC political mtg agenda June 27 14

Past Meetings in 2014 to 2010:

On April 23, 2014 SFAC met with Forest Service Regional Forester and Staff and sponsored by Congressman LaMalfa and McClintock.  The Agenda and Notes are below.

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RO SFAC 4 23 14 Sac minutes

 

SFAC held their first meeting of 2014 on February 28th in Sacramento, California.  This meeting was with our political representatives and included staff from Senator Feinstein, Senator Heller, Congressman Garamendi, LaMalfa and McClintock”s offices.  Below is information and supporting documents provided for the meeting.

SFAC Cong agenda Feb 28 2014 final

Feb 28 2014 Introduction

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EAJA 2 28 14

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Political and SFAC 2 28 14 Sac minutes

The agenda and notes from the November 8, 2013 General meeting.  The meeting was held in Willows, CA which has been our central general meeting location.

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SFAC minutes 11 8 13 Willows

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SFAC and Forest Service meeting notes from previous meetings (not all meetings are included that SFAC has held):

SFAC minutes 2 8 13 Willows

SFAC minutes 5 18 12 Willows

SFAC minutes 3 12 12 Sacramento

SFAC minutes 8 24 11 Sacramento

SFAC minutes 5 20 11 Willows

SFAC minutes 2 23 11 Sacramento

SFAC minutes 11 5 10 Willows

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Recent SFAC Activity

FY 2015

For 2015, the SFAC will work with CSU Chico to accomplish Social and Economic workshops to gather public input on the relationship between our National Forests and our communities.  In addition, SFAC will continue to hold meetings with both Forest Service Region 5 and 6 to discuss public land issues and how they can work with our Counties to address specific concerns.  We will also continue to hold meetings with our political representatives to provide information and input into current and proposed legislation that can impact or benefit our rural Counties and Communities.

SFAC has scheduled our first meeting with our political representatives in 2014.  We will be meeting in Sacramento on February 28th.  You can review the attached invitation letter to see the proposed topics and items that we will be discussing.  Given that there are many different pieces of proposed legislation, that contain forest health issues, this meeting will be an opportunity to work with our local officials and outline the critical needs of our counties.

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Since our November 8, 2013 general meeting, the SFAC has continued working with our supporters from Southern Oregon.  Through the work of Douglas County Commissioner Joseph Laurence, Co-chair Southern Oregon Clean Energy Alliance (SOCEA), SFAC has gained support from Douglas, Jackson and Lake County Commissions.  Shortly, SFAC will have additional support from the Commissions from Coos,  Curry, Josephine, Klamath and Lane Counties.  The SFAC and Communities for Healthy Communities, Inc. from Southern Oregon will begin work on educational pieces after the New Year.

In 2014, SFAC will continue to schedule meetings with our Congressional Representatives and the Region 5 Regional Office Staff as well as a meeting with our Political Representatives and SFAC.  In addition, we will also be scheduling combined meetings with both Region 5 and 6 and a combined meetings with Political Representatives from California, Oregon and Nevada.  This second meeting may be hard to organize unless we can convince Representatives from these three states to work together with SFAC on common political issues.