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Natural Heritage 2020 will never be “a smart, private property-friendly final product” but rather a product of extreme environmental non-government organizations (NGOs) and the current majority of the Board of Supervisors.

The proponents of NH2020 have said, in essence, that the Nevada County Board of Supervisors promised to deliver to the voters a program proposal and place NH2020 before the voters. I wish that were the case, but the truth is that the majority of Board of Supervisors merely promised “appropriate implementation policies and/or governance measures” would be submitted to the voters, not a vote for or against NH 2020, but a vote on how NH 2020 will be implemented and how it will be funded.



The resolution by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors:




“Now therefore, be it resolved by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors that appropriate implementation policies and/or governance measures of the Natural Heritage 2020 program shall be submitted to the voters of Nevada County for a vote (such as an advisory vote and/or approval of funding mechanisms or new resource protection districts) after the Citizen Working Groups, the Community Advisory Committee and the Board of Supervisors have completed their work and developed specific strategies and programs to identify, protect, and enhance natural habitats, open space, farmland, timberland, and ranchland resources in Nevada County.”

Sounds like warm apple pie, but at least 8,700 people know better.

These studies will not be completed before December 2002 according to Supervisor Izzy Martin, and the next election would be 2004. But then look for this Board to pull a fast one and prepare for a November vote on funding or implementation of 2020. The current majority of the Board of Supervisors could simply spend your tax dollars on a special election on how to implement NH 2020 because it is a done deal if the two supervisors that are up for re-election win. Logically either option will depend upon the outcome of the March primary.

Shirley Hendrickson

Nevada City


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