Truckee not in running for conservancy office site
After being denied the headquarters of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy earlier this year, it appears Truckee will be left off the list of regional conservancy offices.
Truckee mounted a spirited attempt to land the new state agency earlier this year, but officials chose Auburn with the explanation that it is within easy driving distance of Sacramento and below the snowline, according to the conservancy site.
Now conservancy staff are suggesting that regional satellite offices be established in Susanville, Mariposa, Bishop and Lake Isabella.
Truckee was passed over because of its proximity to the Auburn headquarters, said the conservancy’s executive director Jim Branham.
“Anything in this central part of the Sierra was not a good candidate,” said Branham.
The conservancy’s board will vote on the suggested regional offices at their Dec. 7 meeting in Chester, near Lake Almanor.
Conservancy staff divided the 25 million-acre area the state agency will cover into two regions named for the two dominant peaks that bracket the mountain range ” Mt. Lassen and Mount Whitney.
Two offices will serve each region ” Auburn and Susanville for the Mt. Lassen region, and Bishop and Mariposa for the Mt. Whitney region ” if the recommendations are approved. The Lake Isabella office will not house any employees, but will be available for staff and board members to drop in at, conservancy officials said.
Branham said that conservancy staff will use the offices as launching points for exploring and traveling through other parts of the Sierra.
“I think it’s important to look at these locations as places where staff will go out to the communities from,” said Branham.
Truckee officials were not surprised at their exclusion from the regional office list.
“The locations that they’ve chosen seem pretty reasonable given the large geographic area [of the conservancy],” said Truckee Vice Mayor Richard Anderson.
Truckee Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said the regional offices don’t represent the same economic boost that the headquarters of the conservancy would have brought to the town.
He said the town will communicate regularly with the nearby headquarters in Auburn.
“We’ll certainly be pursuing projects,” Lashbrook said.
While the year-old conservancy is still in the planning phase, Proposition 84, which was approved by voters in the November election, will send $54 million toward Sierra Nevada conservation.
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