Sierra Nevada Conservancy to give update on natural resources |

Sierra Nevada Conservancy to give update on natural resources

A man with a 25-year history of working to protect natural resources in California will give an update on the Sierras when Yuba and Bear River Watershed groups meet on Thursday.

Jim Branham will speak to the Yuba Watershed Council and the Bear River Watershed Group on Thursday, June 21st at 1:30 p.m. at the Lions-Higgens Community Center in Lake of the Pines.

Branham is the Executive Officer of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and works closely with the Governing Board in developing policy.

Branham will give an overview of the history and goals of the Conservancy, as well as report on accomplishments and progress so far.

Branham has worked as Chief Deputy Director at California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, with the California Resources Agency and the California Coastal Commission. He also negotiated with the government for Endangered Species listing of Coho salmon and Steelhead trout on California’s North Coast.

Branham served as Undersecretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency from November 2003 through October 2005 and assisted the governor on air and water quality issues.

Also on the agenda, Joanne Drummond, Executive Director of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County will give a presentation on fire preparedness for the 2007 summer season.

Directions: Take Highway 49 South from Grass Valley to the Lake of the Pines/ Combie Rd. stop light, turn left and proceed a few miles. Go past Lake of the Pines and the schools. The Community Center is on the corner of East Hacienda Drive.

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