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Nevada City not out of the running for Conservancy base

Nevada City hasn’t lost the battle to land the Sierra Nevada Conservancy headquarters just yet.

Wednesday night, conservancy director Jim Branham poked fun at Nevada City Mayor Conley Weaver’s ceaseless efforts to land the headquarters at a public meeting for input into the conservancy’s plan. The headquarters were located on an interim basis in Auburn in February.

But Branham said the permanent location will be within 30 minutes of Auburn, and “I’ve assured Mark Miller, the city manager, that Nevada City was in that sphere.”

Which area ends up with the headquarters will be dealing with conservancy plans to protect the Sierra’s ecosystem while making its economic engine hum. The conservancy is the largest there is, covering 22 counties from Kern County north to the Oregon border.

Helen Baumann, a supervisor from El Dorado County, represents the conservancy’s central subregion of her county, Nevada, Placer and Yuba counties. She and others said the turnout of about 100 people at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City was the best yet in the third of six subregion meetings to deliver ideas for the conservancy plan.

“We rely on you,” Baumann told the crowd, which later worked on ideas in small groups. “We reach out to you; we don’t want the communication to stop.”

California Resources Agency leader Mike Chrisman was also on hand, telling the participants, “What we’re doing is creating the vision for something like we’ve never seen.”

What the Sierra hasn’t seen for years is grant money for conservation and economic projects, the target of the conservancy. The strategic plan now being drafted will be the map for “how we’re going to deliver the program across the region,” Branham said. The plan will be updated every five years and evaluated yearly.

Branham said comments will be taken before the conservancy board June 1. After the board’s input, the plan will be reissued with another public input period provided. The board hopes to pass a final plan at its July 20 meeting.

To contact senior staff writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

Conservancy plan input

If you did not attend the meeting but want to provide input, you can find the draft plan at

Comments on the plan can be e-mailed to or mailed to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, 11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205, Auburn, CA 95603.

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