QLG - Environmental Meeting
April 8, 1997
Notes Transcribed from Flipcharts
Expectations of today's meeting
Key issues facing us today.
What are areas of agreement? 1st & 2nd set of responses.
What are areas of non-agreement?
Alternative approaches (Administrative/Legislative Proposal)
What expectations do you have for today's meeting? What would you like to leave with at the end of the day?
Mike Jackson, (QLG)- Leave friends.
George Terhune, (QLG)- Clear idea how to handle this.
Felice Pace, -Clear understanding of where everyone's coming from.
Bill Coates, (QLG)- Improve communication on all sides -- get something done -- do with respect.
Kathleen -Consensus on next steps.
Rose Comstock, (QLG)- Common agreements re QLG legislation - avoid stalement.
Frank Stewart, (QLG)- Leave early.
John M. Listen - convey information to Congressman Doolittle.
Tom ? -Identify areas of consensus and the mechanism to implement it.
Ed Murphy, (QLG) Portray differences to improve decision making.
Mike Yost, (QLG) -Clearer understanding of QLG's goals.
Andrea Lawrence (Sierra Nevada Alliance)-Clear understanding of what the bill is / isn't.
Tom Nelson, (QLG) Leave early.
Steve Evans, (Friends of the River)- Preserve ancient forests, roadless areas, riparian reserves.
Rick G. -How to move forward.
Kent Connaughton, (Lassen National Forest) - An optimistic sense of the possibilities - grounded in what the forest's capable of doing.
Jim ? Share information, perspectives - idea of where to go next.
Mark Madrid, (Plumas National Forest) - Agreement we can put together on the ground.
Ryan Henson, (California Wilderness Coalition)- Do justice to QLG vision and address ecological concerns.
Mike P. Capitalize on the possibilities.
Laurel Ames (Sierra Nevada Alliance) - Hear our frustrations and deal with those.
Bill Ritter (Congressman Herger Staff) - Observe for Congressman Fazio.
Dave Tenney, (Congressman Herger Staff) - Bring good news back to Congressman Herger.
John Sheehan, (QLG) - Pay due deference to the natural and human environment.
Louis Blumberg, (The Wilderness Society) - Administrative solution.
John Preschutti, (Plumas Forest Project) - Open to outcome.
John Buckley, (Central California Environmental Resource Center) - Reasons why legislation may not work and the QLG process may not be the best.
David Edleson, (Natural Resources Defense Council) - Clarify what we agree on and don't - build from there.
Craig Thomas, (Friends Aware of Wildlife Needs) - Concerned re scope of bill and outcomes.
- Legislative threatens existing plans and
- Legislative process is very uncertain.
- If there is to be legislation, protect the land base explicitly (this is true of any solution, which also needs to include SNEP protections)
- CASPO size limits may not be honored by legislation - these protections need to be included explicitly in any solution.
AREAS OF AGREEMENT
First Set of responses
|Conservation land base should be protected||Legislation shouldn't override existing laws and regulations.|
|Increase the funding for prescribed fire.|
* SAT Guidelines
* Strategic nature of fuel management
* Watershed Management1
* Working circle is not part of the bill - nor is sustained yield unit.
1Watershed management was not a universally agreed -to principle by all non-QLG members.
Second Set of responses
** These were universally agreed to by those present - at least in concept. For some issues, additional clarification/negotiation may be needed.
- SAT Guidelines
- Joint, collaborative work to increase funding for prescribed burning (continuing)
- Current laws, including CASPO, will be followed.
- California Spotted Owl EIS not constrained
- Support for strategic thinning (but need toclarify further the scope/ constraints.
- Support for landbase (allocations)
- Monitoring of effectiveness (including independent scientific evaluations)
- Logging should not occur in SAT riparian zones, off-base areas and deferred areas (PACs and SOHAS)
- Any additional moneys appropriated should not come out of Region 5
AREAS OF NON-AGREEMENT
Get Congress Involved
Get more money
Provide clear direction to the USFS
Use agreed-upon principles to secure language in the instructions contained in the Interior Appropriations Report.
Louis and Michael Jackson to lead: get 3 - 4 members from each group; meet next week in Sacramento - possibly as CSAC - 4/11/97 at 2:00 PM and next 4/17/97 at 11:00 AM - location TBA; finish by 5/1/97)
(No agreement on time frame or accountability - this appears to be a natural follow-on to above item - facilitator's comment)