The attached are various letters and correspondence on the various topics and issues that SFAC has been involved in. This is not a complete list of our correspondence but a representative cross-section of our involvement.
Request to Secretary Vilsack for additional area designation for insect and disease CE authority from the 2014 Farm Bill: The SFAC has made a request to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to consider additional designation of catastrophic wildfires and adjacent areas for inclusion under the 2014 Farm Bill Section 8204, Section 602 Designation of Treatment Areas. The Forest Service’s ability to deal with additional insect killed timber after original treatments is causing a safety issue along travel routes as well as the loss in revenue to the Treasury and our counties and communities.
Social and Economic Sub Committee SFAC formed a working group to meet with Regional Office staff and staff from the California University at Chico State Economic Development group. The objective and purpose is to work with the Regional Office to gain recognition and support for developing guidance and direction to include Social and Economics in project level NEPA decisions. Currently, almost all agency project level work only addresses environmental issue and have ignored the requirement to consider and analyze the Human Element (S/E). If a Purpose and Need is developed for S/E and given proper analysis, then our Counties will finally be able to participate in the Objection process. Below are reports and correspondence to date on this effort. SFAC will be working with the FS Regional Office and CUCS in the development and coordination of S/E Round-tables to gain insights and information to further the development of this need.
Currently the SFAC is coordinating with CSU Chico Center for Economic Development with the participation of the Forest Service Regional Office staff to organize and facilitate Social and Economic roundtables. The proposal for these meetings as well as the latest notes from the most recent coordination meeting are: NE Socioeconomic Roundtable Proposal 09-10-14; Notes from Chico SE mtg edits from FS 9 12 14
SFAC work with Region 5 and CSU Chico Center for Economic (CSU Chico CED)Development. The following information is the task from the recent MOU between Region 5 and CSU Chico CED as well as notes from the first meeting and criteria and initial community selection. The community level work is an agreement between SFAC and CSU Chico CED and funded by SFAC.
SFAC comment on Early Adopter Forests Plan Revisions Detailed Proposed Actions:
Social and Economic Project Input This letter was input into the Lassen Project on the Modoc NF and provides an example of information that Counties can provide to specific projects within their area of influence.
CA State AB2363 This letter provides specific information on a current proposed legislation dealing with biomass. This is an issue that all rural counties with public lands are dealing with and must be addressed to accomplish ecosystem restoration.
Fire Settlement and USC579c This issue started after the Storrie and Rich fire settlements and there was no consideration for counties to receive any funds from the settlements. The following documents provide a complete history and overview of this issue and are in chronological order. You will see that both the Board of Supervisor’s and School Boards have participated in this effort.
SFAC Letter on HR2647
SFAC Letter on HR1526 and Farm Bill
SFAC Letter to Senator Wyden, O&C Bill
SFAC Response to Listing of the Blackbacked Woodpecker in the Federal Register
SFAC Response to Sequestration and SRS
SFAC Work With Region 5 Forest Service on Social and Economic Element in NEPA Documents
SFAC Support for Changes in the Equal Access to Justice Act
SFAC Comment to EPA on Boiler Rule
Letter to Political Representatives in Relation to the Need For Proper Forest Management for Improved Watershed Health
Letter to Region 5 Regional Forester in Relation to the 2010 Program of Work and Timber Targets