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Conservancy to announce site of home base

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is scheduled to choose its headquarters location Thursday, although conservancy officials are keeping mum on which city may be the favorite.

Nevada City is one of six potential headquarters sites that members of the conservancy visited at the end of January. Other contenders that drew a visit from the agency were Auburn, Colfax, El Dorado Hills, Martell and Truckee.

The announcement, which was originally scheduled to be made in Nevada City, has been moved to Sacramento. Nevada City’s mayor said the change in location doesn’t reflect poorly on his city’s chances at landing the headquarters.



“They decided to do the announcement in Sacramento because it is a neutral site, not to indicate any favoritism,” said Mayor Conley Weaver. “Sacramento is not one of the sites being considered because Sacramento is not in the conservancy district.

“We are very hopeful and expectant that Nevada City will come up with the award.”




According to the new agency’s charter, the home of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy must be located within the foothills and mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and be within a two-hour drive of Sacramento.

The conservancy board will choose a location as its home and move into a temporary office as soon as possible. The agency is expected to move into a permanent location in the same area as soon as suitable offices can be lined up.

Communities are coveting California’s largest conservancy for the quality jobs it will bring and the status of housing the agency. The conservancy will bring more than a dozen jobs and a $3.4 million budget to the town that is chosen as its headquarters. At maturation, the agency will likely employ between 20 and 30 workers, said conservancy Executive Director Jim Branham.

The conservancy may also establish several satellite offices throughout the Sierra Nevada in addition to the central headquarters, he said.

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Soumitro Sen contributed to this report.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Sierra Nevada Conservancy

• 22 counties

• 25 million acres

• 20 incorporated cities

• 212 communities

• 13 voting board members, 3 non-voting members

• 20-30 employees when fully staffed


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