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October 2023 Members Meeting of the Sonoma County Forest Conservation Working Group
October 19, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sonoma County Forest Conservation Working Group
On Zoom. Video conferencing link is provided in the agenda.
Please join us Thursday, October 19, 10am-12pm on Zoom for the monthly meeting of the Sonoma County Forest Conservation Working Group.
In addition to a fantastic in-depth presentation from Kristina Rizga, we will also have the pleasure of hearing a brief presentation from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board about changes to their general timber permits.
From the Water Board: “In a nutshell, we’re changing the Categorical Waiver to the General Waste Discharge Requirements (GWDR) and pulling out the provision providing eligibility for coverage of standard THPs.” The Conditional Waiver is only infrequently used for standard timber harvest plans (over 90% of landowners seek coverage under the General WDR) and the additional documentation by landowners and review by staff required for each enrollment make it somewhat cumbersome and inefficient to use. Regional Water Board staff believe that it is no longer necessary to retain a second general permit for enrolling THPs.
This change will affect specific types of forest management activities on non-federal lands in the North Coast Region. Attached is a public notice. Public comments are due October 26th. Jonathan Warmerdam, Environmental Program Manager I (Supervisor) for the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board will be presenting.