Monterey County Board of Supervisors Reviewed Oak Woodland Conservation Area Concepts

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors received a presentation from Resource Management Agency Service Manager Melanie Beretti on June 19, 2018. They discussed the current draft Oak Woodland Conservation Areas and took action to select the development of a draft management and monitoring plan based on concept with an area of over 100 acres in County lands. The corresponding staff report and supporting materials are available at: Monterey County website.

Seaside City Council Review of Oak Woodland Area Concepts

The City Council of Seaside received a presentation from Denise Duffy & Associates’ Erin Harwayne on May 17, 2018. They discussed the current draft Oak Woodland Conservation Areas and indicated general preference for the development of a draft management and monitoring plan based on a 48-acre area in City of Seaside. The corresponding staff report and supporting materials are available at:  http://seasideca.civicclerk.com/Web/UserControls/DocPreview.aspx?p=1&aoid=1220

 

Monterey County Board of Supervisors Fort Ord Committee

Date/Time:  February 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Monterey County Government Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 168 West Alisal Street, Salinas

 The Fort Ord Committee received a status update regarding Oak Woodland Conservation Plan (OWCP) on the former Fort Ord and considered their recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on Oak Woodland Conservation Area concepts. The Fort Ord Committee agenda packet can be accessed at:  Monterey County website.

 

Biological Report on Oak Woodlands Released

Denise Duffy & Associates (DD&A) released the Final Baseline Biological Report on the Oak Woodland Conservation Area Project. The seventy-three page document includes a project description, methods and results of study, and the conservation area recommendations. It also includes a Forest Resource Evaluation, prepared for DD&A by Frank Ono, presented in the appendix.

DD&A considered information from several sources in evaluating conservation area priority. Initially, a broad range of biological and other important values (i.e., potential evaluation criteria) were identified and presented to the public for input during the November 2016 community meetings. The public ranked the values and added independent comments which were also considered for potential inclusion. In order to obtain a statewide perspective on the conservation of oak woodlands, DD&A reviewed numerous Oak Woodland Management Plans. They incorporated criteria from the Monterey County Voluntary Stewardship Guidelines Draft (September 2009). DD&A included input from staff-level landholder discussions, the previously mentioned public input, and literature reviewed in formulating a project-specific set of criteria.

The full report:

Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Seaside

Date/Time:  November 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Location: City Hall Chambers, 440 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside

The  Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Seaside (aka Oversight Committee) received a presentation on the progress of preparation of an Oak Woodland Conservation Plan (OWCP) on the former Fort Ord and discussed proposed Oak Woodland Conservation Area concepts which could be presented at the next public workshop. The Agenda packet can be accessed at:  City of Seaside website. **There was an error in the Concept 5 map published in this packet. The map was corrected and distributed to all at the meeting. The corrected map is here:

OWCP Preliminary Concept 5.corrected

Since the last public workshop, the County, City, FORA, and DD&A have met with the City of Marina, CSUMB, MPC, and UCFONR to discuss potential conservation areas and constraints with property owners. The results of those discussions were presented to the Oversight Committee.

Monterey County Board of Supervisors Fort Ord Committee

Date/Time:  October 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Monterey College of Law, Room 1, 100 Colonel Durham Street, Seaside

 The Fort Ord Committee received a presentation on the progress of preparation of an Oak Woodland Conservation Plan (OWCP) on the former Fort Ord and discussed proposed Oak Woodland Conservation Area concepts which could be presented at the next public workshop. The Fort Ord Committee agenda packet can be accessed at:  Monterey County website.

 Since the last public workshop, the County, City, FORA, and DD&A have met with the City of Marina, CSUMB, MPC, and UCFONR to discuss potential conservation areas and constraints with property owners. The results of those discussions will be presented to the Fort Ord Committee.

Presentation to Monterey Peninsula College Governing Board of Trustees

Michael A. Houlemard, Jr., Fort Ord Reuse Authority Executive Officer, was invited to present a general update to the Governing Board of Trustees at their October 25th public meeting. The presentation included FORA background and Base Reuse Plan principles of education, environment and economic development. Staff prepared several slides about Oak Woodlands Conservation Area planning.  The Trustees asked questions and provided input. Since the November 2016 public meetings, FORA, the County, City of Seaside, and DD&A have met with the City of Marina, California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), and University of California Fort Ord Natural Reserve to discuss potential Oak Woodland Conservation Areas (OWCAs) and constraints with property owners. The project has been on hold for the past 8 months to work out consensus on Oak Woodlands Conservation Area concepts. This effort has been focused on MPC and CSUMB. With MPC leadership’s consent, we can present the option for a draft OWCA including 37.5 acres of MPC land. FORA appreciates that MPC has played a critical role in planning former Fort Ord’s reuse in the early 1990’s and continues to be an outstanding community leader for education, workforce training, and regional collaboration.

Community Meetings Held

At Seaside Community Center, Soper Field and Trackview Pavilion, Laguna Seca, Community Meetings were held to discuss Oak Woodland Policy and Programs in areas slated for development in City of Seaside and Monterey County’s former Fort Ord lands. Attendees learned what City of Seaside and Monterey County are envisioning for Coast Live Oak Woodland management.

Public Participation Plan

Monterey County, City of Seaside, and CDVA agreed to a Public Participation Plan set forth by DD&A at their October meeting. Website development, public meetings and a timeline are set and can be viewed in the Get Involved section of this website.