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  • Funding Opportunity- The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program- Due Date-January 11th
    All day
    01/11/2021

    The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program) of the Forest Service offers a unique opportunity for communities to acquire and conserve forests that provide public access and recreational opportunities, protect vital water supplies and wildlife habitat, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners, and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber products.

    Program Basics

    -Full fee title acquisition is required. Conservation easements are not eligible.
    Community Forests can be owned by local governments, tribal governments, and qualified nonprofit entities.

    -The program pays up to 50% of the project costs and requires a 50% non-federal match.

    -Public access is required for Community Forest Program projects.
    Lands acquired through the program are actively managed in accordance with a community forest plan to provide community benefits.

    How to Apply

    The Forest Service publishes an annual request for applications for the Community Forest Program (CFP) in the Federal Register. The Program is currently accepting applications which are due to State Foresters or Tribal governments by January 11, 2021. Applications are encouraged from across the country.

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  • Meeting Opportunity- Meeting Notice of the Delta Independent Science
    10:30 AM-12:45 PM
    01/14/2021

    The meeting will be webcast and will be recorded. To join the webcast, please register before the meeting via Zoom:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v-4rmRk2ReqGVOoDavvYCQ
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to join the webcast. If you have a computer microphone, you will have the option to receive audio and provide oral comments through your computer. If not, please dial the phone number listed in your confirmation email.

    Note: Accessing the Zoom webcast requires you to enter your name and email, which may be disclosed as public information. The signal for the live feed may be intermittent due to the internet infrastructure at your location.
    Other Remote Options
    If you need a phone only option, please call the meeting clerk at 916-445-0637 by 9:00 AM on Thursday, January 14.
    If you prefer a view-only option that does not require registration, the meeting will also be webcast on CAL-SPAN: https://cal-span.org/static/index.php. With this option, you will not be able to provide oral comments.

    Meeting Materials
    Materials referenced in this notice are available on the events web page at
    https://deltacouncil.ca.gov/events.html. Members of the public are encouraged to visit the events web page to view the meeting materials.

    Curtailment of Delta ISB Activities
    As discussed at recent Delta ISB meetings, members of the Delta ISB have been acting as unpaid volunteers since July 1, 2020. Currently, Delta ISB members are transitioning to some per-diem compensation, but the State has not yet secured a more sustainable way to financially compensate Delta ISB members for their services, as the State has done in the past. This current status necessitates greatly curtailing the agenda and activities of the Delta ISB to a much lower level. Consequently, substantial delays in many of the Delta ISB’s anticipated and legislatively mandated reviews, products, and activities are expected. The Delta ISB is committed to supporting science for the Delta’s problems and problem-solving and looks forward to returning to its high level of productivity as soon as the State fully resolves this issue.

    Purpose
    The Delta ISB will meet regarding its current reviews and efforts. At the meeting, the Delta Stewardship Council will provide an update on its current activities, including any potential future requests to the Delta ISB. In addition, Dr. Laurel Larsen, the new Delta lead scientist, will share her vision for the Delta Science Program. Afterwards, the Delta ISB will discuss the current status, including next steps, on the Science Needs Assessment and the Monitoring Enterprise Review. This section describes the highlights. For more information about the meeting, refer to the agenda below.

    Agenda
    The agenda items listed below may be considered in a different order pursuant to the determination of the Delta ISB chair. Times listed on the agenda are approximate only. At the discretion of the Delta ISB, all items appearing on this agenda, whether expressly listed for action, may be deliberated upon and may be subject to action.
    ~ 10:30 AM: Meeting Starts
    1. Welcome and Declarations
    2. Delta ISB Chair Report and Business Matters
    3. Delta Stewardship Council Chair and Executive Officer Report
    The Delta Stewardship Council will provide an update on its activities,
    including potential future requests to the Delta ISB.
    4. Delta Lead Scientist Report
    Dr. Laurel Larsen, the new Delta lead scientist, will share her vision for the
    Delta Science Program and will provide an update on the Delta Science
    Program’s activities, including potential future requests to the Delta ISB.
    5. Discussion: Science Needs Assessment
    Based on the recommendations from the Delta ISB and the endorsement of
    the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC), a long-term
    Science Needs Assessment is being developed, as part of the Delta Science
    Funding and Governance Initiative. The Science Needs Assessment will
    identify key science efforts to provide long-term management insights in the
    context of rapid environmental change and recommendations for organizing
    the science enterprise to better address complex and changing problems. At
    the meeting, Dr. Steve Brandt and Dr. Jay Lund of the Delta ISB will provide
    an update on the development of the Science Needs Assessment, including
    the latest draft outline. Based on the update, the Delta ISB will discuss next
    steps.
    6. Discussion: Monitoring Enterprise Review
    The Delta ISB is undertaking a broad review of the Delta monitoring
    enterprise, which is the full suite of monitoring activities that occur in the
    Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh. The review has two
    components. Component 1 is the development of a comprehensive
    inventory of monitoring activities in the Delta, which is now complete (see
    Component 1 summary). Component 2 is the Delta ISB’s assessment of the
    Delta monitoring enterprise, which will be based on the information obtained in Component 1 and other information gathered by the Delta ISB during its review. At the meeting, Dr. Vince Resh, former Delta ISB member, and Cheryl Patel,
    the Delta ISB fellow, will provide an overview of what has been done to date
    on the Monitoring Enterprise Review. Based on the presentation, the Delta
    ISB will discuss next steps for the review. For more information on the scope
    of the review, please refer to the monitoring enterprise review prospectus.
    7. Preparation for Upcoming Delta ISB Meetings
    8. Review of Items for Follow-up
    Staff will provide a summary of any follow-up items for individual members
    to address after the meeting.
    9. Public Comments
    The Delta ISB will take public comments on topics within its jurisdiction that
    are not on the agenda.
    ~ 12:45 PM: Meeting Adjourned

    Additional Information
    • If you have any questions, please contact Edmund Yu at 916-445-0637 or
    Edmund.Yu@deltacouncil.ca.gov.
    • If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the
    Delta Stewardship Council’s Human Resources Office at (916) 445-5511, TDD
    (800) 735-2929.
    • Members of the public shall be provided an opportunity to address the Delta
    ISB on any agenda items except closed session items and those items for
    which the public has already been afforded such opportunity at an earlier
    meeting. In addition, comments during the Public Comment period shall be
    limited to matters within the Delta ISB’s jurisdiction and not on the agenda.
    Reasonable time limits may be established for public comments

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  • Delta Protection Commission meeting
    4:00 PM-6:00 PM
    01/21/2021

    PUBLIC NOTICE AND MEETING AGENDA

    Delta Protection Commission

    Thursday, January 21, 2021
    4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (End time of the meeting is approximate)

    Teleconference and Web-based Meeting Only; No Physical Meeting Location
    Phone number: 1 888 363 4734 (US Toll Free)
    Access Code: 388754 (press # after entering code)

    Join inside of Zoom
    865 7944 1624
    Password: 121121
    Meeting URL: Single Click
    (Authorized by and in furtherance of Executive Orders N-29-20 and N-33-20 )
    Additional information about participating by telephone or Zoom is available here:

    www.delta.ca.gov/remote-meetings

    1. Call to Order and Flag Salute
    2. Welcome & Roll Call
    3. Public Comment – an opportunity for members of the public to address the Commission
    regarding items not on the Agenda
    4. Commissioner comments/announcements
    Consent Agenda
    5. Consider approval of November 19, 2020 meeting minutes
    Regular Agenda
    6. Receive Executive Director report – Erik Vink
    7. Receive Delta Protection Advisory Committee report – Mark Pruner, DPAC Chair
    8. Consider approval of Delta Protection Commission 2020 Annual Report – Erik Vink
    9. Receive report on Delta Stewardship Council activities and Delta Adapts (DSC climate adaptation project) – Chair Susan Tatayon and Harriet Ross, Delta Stewardship Council
    10. Receive report on Economic Sustainability Plan-Recreation and Tourism Chapter update and consider recommendations – Virginia Gardiner and Erik Vink
    11. Receive report on review of Vision 2030 (Commission strategic plan) – Erik Vink
    12. Adjourn

    If you have any questions or need reasonable accommodations due to a disability, please contact our office at (916) 375-4800 or dpc@delta.ca.gov Attachments and additional information can be found on the Delta
    Protection Commission website: www.delta.ca.gov
    Comments submitted to submit@delta.ca.gov by noon on January 21 will be shared with Commissioners prior to the meeting to the extent possible. Public comments on each agenda item will follow the order of:
    1) emailed comments, 2) people with “Raised Hand” inside of Zoom, and 3) those verbally requesting to make comments after notice offered by Chair during meeting.

    The agenda items listed above may be considered in a different order at the Commission meeting, subject to the discretion of the Chair. At the discretion of the Commission, all items appearing on this agenda, whether or not
    expressly listed for action, may be deliberated upon and may be subject to action. The Commission welcomes and encourages participation in its meetings. The Commission limits testimony to not more than three minutes
    per person, or more time at the discretion of the Chair.

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  • Funding Opportunity- Patagonia Foundation Environmental Grants- Due Date- January 31st
    All day
    01/31/2021

    Patagonia supports environmental organizations with bold, direct-action agendas and a commitment to long-term change.

    We support innovative work that addresses the root causes of the environmental crisis and seeks to protect both the environment and affected communities. We focus on places where we’ve built connections through outdoor recreation and through our network of retail stores, nationally and internationally.

    We believe local battles to protect a specific stand of forest, a stretch of river, an indigenous wild species or a community from a polluting refinery build public support and confront larger, more complex issues like climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental justice.

    We encourage work that brings underrepresented communities to the forefront of the environmental movement and defend communities whose health and livelihoods are threatened by environmental exploitation.

    We support multi-pronged campaigns that push for greater environmental protections and force the government to abide by its own laws.

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