The Base Reuse Plan requires that Seaside and the County implement an oak woodlands conservation program. Seaside and the County are to respectively designate, manage and monitor conservation of oak woodlands within their jurisdictional property (identified polygons). In addition, they are to coordinate this effort with neighbors. In recent years, FORA has taken strides in addressing the implementation of the Base Reuse Plan as it pertains to Oak Woodlands conservation.

Project History

DD&A Contract Approved

The Board selected Denise Duffy & Associates (DD&A) in May 2016 to perform this work.

Request for Proposals Authorized

In January 2016, the FORA Board authorized the release of a Request for Proposals to hire a professional consultant to prepare a Draft Oak Woodland Conservation Area Map and Draft Oak Woodland Area Management and Monitoring Plan. This FORA led effort will assist the City of Seaside and County of Monterey to meet their BRP Oak Woodlands Policies and Programs. California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA), adjacent jurisdictions (CSUMB, Marina, etc.), and stakeholders will also be actively engaged in this process and be provided opportunity to participate. One of the work products is to assist the CDVA to meet oak woodland mitigation measures for the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery site.

CDVA Assistance Request

In June 2015, FORA staff received a special request from the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) to assist their effort to meet oak woodland mitigation measures for the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery site.

FY 15/16 Annual Budget Adopted

In October 2014, FORA staff prepared an Administrative Draft RFP to assist Seaside and the County in the oak woodland conservation process. On May 8, 2015, the FORA Board adopted FY 15/16 annual budget that included a line item to address the Oak Woodlands Policies and Programs.

Base Reuse Plan Reassessment Report Adopted

At its December 14, 2012 meeting, the FORA Board adopted the Base Reuse Plan Final Reassessment Report.  The Report noted that Seaside and the County had yet to complete their Category III Oak Woodlands Policies and Programs obligation. Subsequently, FORA Board assigned FORA staff to work with jurisdiction staff to identify and propose a strategy to assist jurisdictions with completion of Category III items.