Comments on the Biological Resources Policy Update and Oak Resources Management Plan Draft EIR

August 15, 2016 – The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation, California Native Plant Society (El Dorado Chapter), and the Maidu Group of the Sierra Club commented on the Biological Resources Policy Update and Oak Resources Management Plan Draft EIR. Thank you for everyone who sent in comment letters.

Final Comment Letter

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Attachment 2

Urgent!  Update on El Dorado County General Plan – Revisions to Biological Resource Policies

August 6, 2016 – El Dorado County is updating its General Plan (GP), and we have an opportunity to comment on it by August 15!  Land use affects everything about our quality of life, from how close our neighbors are to how crowded our roads.  It also impacts the natural environment, including wildlife, oak woodlands, sensitive plants and water supplies.  Planning for growth and how that growth occurs are central to the plan.

The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation’s (CSNC) is particularly concerned about our fast-disappearing oak woodlands and the effect on wildlife habitat and movement.  The County’s plan is to “mitigate” losses of oak woodland by purchasing development rights on grazing lands far away from where wildlife is threatened. Since those lands are highly unlikely ever to be developed anyway, this so-called mitigation is a net loss for wildlife habitat and does nothing to protect important habitat and corridors actually being used by wildlife.

CSNC is proposing an alternative, asking the County to analyze where wildlife actually lives and provide long-term refuges and corridors for them to move about.  If the County does nothing for wildlife, their movement and migration corridors will be eliminated, and any future potential to provide for them will disappear. Preserving some of the Highway 50 corridor habitat for wildlife will also help curb some of the dense growth there, as well as the resulting additional traffic.

You can make a difference for both wildlife and your future, by supporting our Conservation Alternative.  CSNC has developed a feasible alternative that will protect oak woodlands and the wildlife that depends on them.  Primarily, we are asking the County to analyze an alternative that provides wildlife corridors along Highway 50, where wild animals are most constrained.

CSNC’s Conservation Alternative will:

  • –       Analyze “corridors” where wildlife might cross highways if able to do so.
  • –       Provide for directing mitigation funds to preserve habitat.
  • –       Link public lands to form refuges for wild animals.

Comments on the El Dorado County General Plan are due by August 15, 2016.  Please indicate your support for CSNC’S Conservation Alternative, which will provide analysis of the actual impacts to wildlife and oak woodlands.

Send your letter supporting CSNC’s Conservation Alternative now!  

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Subject
Protect El Dorado County wildlife and oak woodlands

Your Message
Dear Ms. Purvines,
As residents of El Dorado County, my family and I value the beauty and biological diversity of our county. The proposed changes to the General Plan Biological Policies will threaten those values by further development of the Highway 50 corridor, to the detriment of oak woodlands and the wildlife that relies on that habitat. It will also cut off the few remaining places where wildlife are able to cross Highway 50. It is critical that this north/south corridor remain available for safe wildlife movement.
Furthermore, the changes will add to the dense development of the Hwy 50 corridor, increasing traffic on an already congested freeway. We urge you to adopt the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation's Conservation Alternative, which will protect wildlife corridors and oak woodlands.

Respectfully,

 

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to hold public workshops on General Plan biological resources policies update.

The County is in the process of updating the biological resources policies and implementation measures in the County’s General Plan.  On January 13, 2015 the County Board of Supervisors approved the proposed project schedule.  The 18 month project schedule includes a series of public workshops with the Board to be held in January 2015 through June 2015.  Workshops will be held in the Board Chambers located at 330 Fair Lane, Bldg A, in Placerville.  Workshops are scheduled on the following Mondays:  Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 30, and May 18, 2015.  See Press Release and Fact Sheet.

The Biological Policies include the Oak Woodlands Management Plan, an earlier version of which was successfully challenged by CSNC in court.  It is important that the public let their representatives know we want polices that offer the utmost protection to our county’s wildlife habitat and scenic beauty.  

Update:  On August 17, CSNC and El Dorado Chapter of CNPS submitted a letter to the El Dorado County Planning Department urging better protection of Oak Woodlands than that being proposed in the Amended Biological Resources Policies.  Read the letter.

Update on Eldorado National Forest Meadow Roads

The Eldorado NF has begun the process of evaluating repairs for the 18 roads it determined were having a negative impact on sensitive meadows. You can read Forest Supervisor Crabtree’s letter here:  FS_correspondence

View photos and descriptions of proposed repairs here:  Project Coordination for Nine Routes

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