Auburn will be temporary conservancy headquarters
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy board chose Auburn as the temporary home of the new state agency on Thursday.The search for a permanent office for the state’s largest conservancy will begin immediately, according to conservancy officials. Communities within a 30-minute drive of Auburn will be considered for the permanent headquarters.Truckee town Councilwoman Barbara Green, who traveled to Sacramento for the meeting, said she was disappointed in the choice of a community on the edge of the Sierra Nevada.”It’s been my opinion all along that their offices need to be closer to the heart of the Sierra,” said Green. “So I was obviously disappointed.”The decision was a tough one, said Jim Branham, executive director of the conservancy. But after visiting six communities, including Truckee, conservancy officials felt that Auburn fulfilled the headquarters requirements and offered the best office locations. “We think there are some great opportunities in Auburn,” Branham said.But Auburn, or the permanent headquarters location nearby, will not have a lock on all the conservancy board meetings, board members noted. The agency plans to hold its meetings throughout the Sierra Nevada.Truckee may still be in the running for a satellite office location. Branham noted that several subsidiary offices throughout the Sierra will likely be needed to cover the 22 counties of the agency.Green said town staff will be in contact with the conservancy to voice interest in hosting a satellite office.Bob Perrault, city manager of Colfax, asked the board to consider Colfax, which is within 30 minutes of Auburn, as the permanent conservancy home.”We obviously feel that we are the best location for the permanent facility,” said Perrault.”… We would do everything we can to make that a successful relocation.”The conservancy board’s vote to choose Auburn as the headquarters spot was unanimous.
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