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