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Long Range Plan 2002-2006

“The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.”
Zeno, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
Greek philosopher (335 BC - 264 BC)

Goals and Action Steps

GOAL 1: Reduce erosion, sedimentation and pollution

Action

Who

When

Partners

Provide technical assistance to landowners and land managers on irrigation management, nutrient management, pesticide use, burning, and other natural resource issues.

NRCS

Ongoing

Ducks Unlimited, Calf. Waterfowl Assn., U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, UC Cooperative Extension, U.S. Forest Service, Yuba County

Seek funding for landowners to implement erosion control and other projects

Board

Ongoing

CARCD, NACR, others

Participate in existing and new watershed groups both within and outside of Yuba County.

Board

Ongoing

 

Participate in Yuba-Sutter Weed Management Area.

Board

Ongoing

 

GOAL 2: Provide a forum and facilitation for the resolution of conservation issues

Action

Who

When

Partners

Hold an annual conservation dinner.  Recognize a “Conservationist of the Year.”  Invite a featured speaker and publicize the meeting within the community.

Board

Annually,

beginning in 2003

Community groups

Begin sending meeting notices and agendas to the Yuba County Board of Supervisors, the Yuba Sutter Farm Bureau and the Yuba-Sutter Cattlemen’s Association.

Staff

2002

 

Seek a minimum of two new associate directors.

Board

2002

 

Make an annual presentation to the Yuba County Board of Supervisors

Board

Annually,

beginning in 2002

 

Prepare an annual report.

Board

Annually,

beginning in 2002

 

Hold an annual student speaking contest.

Board

2003

High Schools, 4-H, FFA

Participate in displays at community events (fairs ect.).

Board

Ongoing

 

Obtain, develop and distribute publications.

Board

Ongoing

 

Provide input to Yuba County on land use decisions.

Board

Ongoing

 

Sponsor one or more students annually for the Society for Range Management Range Camp.

Board

Ongoing

4-H, FFA, Society for Range Managment

Sponsor at least one director for attendance at Holistic Management™ workshop

Board

2005

 

GOAL 3: Assist landowners and managers with wildlife protection and enhancement.

Action

Who

When

Partners

Promote Wetlands Reserve Program and wetlands restoration activities through tours, workshops, and landowner recognition.

Board

2003-2004

Ducks Unlimited, Calf. Waterfowl Assn., landowners

Promote Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program with landowners through projects and workshops.

NRCS

2003

CARCD, NACR, others

Attend Yuba County Fish and Game Commission meetings.

Board

Ongoing

 

GOAL 4: Promote Recreation and Tourism in Yuba County.

Action

Who

When

Partners

Network with organizations involved in recreation and tourism activities.

Board

Ongoing

Visitor Bureau(s), Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corp.

Host a workshop for landowners on farm stays and agricultural tourism. 

Board

2003-2004

High Sierra RC& D, UC Cooperative Extension

Develop a “Jewels of the Yuba” brochure promoting natural resource-based recreation.

Board

2004

High Sierra RC& D, UC Cooperative Extension, U.S. Forest Service, Visitor Bureau(s), Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corp.


GOAL 5: Increase the sustainability of farmland, rangeland and forestland

Action

Who

When

Partners

Support financial assistance for working landscape landowners and managers for conservation purposes, placing a priority on sustainable practices.

Board

Ongoing

NRCS, Farm Service Agency, other Counties, local work groups, UC Cooperative Extension, Community Alliance for Family Farmers

Participate in the Sierra Nevada Beef Project

Board

Ongoing

High Sierra RC& D, local cattlemen’s association.

Co-host a landowner workshop on conservation easements.

Board

2003

High Sierra RC& D, UC Cooperative Extension, others

Complete an inventory of biomass in Yuba County, along with a list of consultants and biomass utilization companies.

Board

2004

High Sierra RC& D

Facilitate the completion of a programmatic timber environmental impact report to assist non-industrial timber landowners in planning timber harvests.

Board

2005

High Sierra RC& D, UC Cooperative Extension,


GOAL 6: Improve the long-term viability of the District.

Action

Who

When

Partners

Actively seek new directors and associate directors.

Board

Ongoing

 

Sell copies of the Yuba County Soil Survey as a fundraising opportunity.

Board

Ongoing

 

Actively pursue grants to implement the Action Plan.

Board

Ongoing

 

Support efforts to obtain additional NRCS staff.

Board

Ongoing

 

Obtain a financial audit at a minimum of every three years.

Board

2003

 

Seek a stable and consistent source of funding.

Board

2005

 

Seek a district manager.

Board

2005