Category Archives: Announcements

Landowner Tree Mortality Assistance Program

ARCD currently has a reimbursement project under the Landowner Tree Mortality Program (LTMA). This project provides reimbursement to landowners to treat hazard trees. Funding for the project is provided by CALFIRE through the State Responsibility Area (SRA) funds.

A hazard tree is a tree that if it were to fall could damage an inhabited structure. 

Hazard Tree Treatment Reimbursement:  Landowners in the project area qualify for up to 50% reimbursement to treat dead/dying hazard trees on their property, with a maximum of $3000 reimbursement. The project area includes includes private properties located on timberland east of highway 49.

Reimbursement includes: felling of the hazard tree, treatment of the slash and removal of the timber from the property.  Trees that can be treated by the County or PG&E, because they could potentially damage County roads or PG&E power lines,  are not covered under this project.

Please see the Application and landowner information below for more details about the project and reimbursement.

Landowner Application Packet                                                                         Click document title to view and download

Please submit completed application and supporting document to:     Amanda@AmadorRCD.org                                                                                            or by mail to:        Amador Resource Conservation District                                  12200 B Airport Road, Jackson CA  95642

Funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Check out the County Tree Mortality Website for more Information on County-wide efforts. www.amadortreemortality.com

SECP Trainings

Many members of the Sacramento/Amador Water Quality Alliance (SAWQA) are subject to the Sediment and Erosion Control Plan (SECP) Requirement under the Sacramento Valley Waste Discharge Order.

A SECP must be certified, irrigators can participate in a training to be able to self-certify.  SAWQA is offering several trainings to assist irrigators in being able to self-certify their own plans.

Upcoming Trainings:

Partner Hosted Trainings

October 29th, Sunday                                                                                                        1pm-4pm                                                                                                                              Where: CA Small Farm Conference   Robert Cabral Ag. Center              Cost: ~$35                                                                                                                        Register Here: www.californiafarmconference.com/attend

November 2nd, Thursday                                                                                                 8am-1pm                                                                                                                                  Where: American Legion Hall, 1305 N. 1st Street, Dixon CA 95620    Register: Call: (707)678-1655 x103                                                            email: martha-mckeen@dixonrcd.org

Sacramento/Amador Water Quality Alliance Hosted Trainings

SAWQA held two SECP trainings in September 2017, additional trainings may be hosted in the Winter 17-18.

What are my other SECP certification options?                                               If a member does not want to self-certify their own plan they can hire a professional to write and certify their SECP.  Under the Central Valley Regional Board’s Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program  a member can hire a qualified professional possessing one of the following registrations or certifications, and appropriate experience with erosion issues on irrigated agricultural lands (CA Registered Professionsal Civil Engineer (PE), CA Registered Professional Geologist or Engineering Geologist, CA Registered Professional Landscape Architect, Professional Hydrologist, Certified Soil Scientist (CPSS), Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC), Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality. Click here for a list of local qualified professionals.

Sediment & Erosion Control Plan Requirement

Members requiring a Sediment & Erosion Control Plan (SECP) for one or more of their parcels enrolled in Sacramento/Amador Water Quality Alliance (SAWQA) have been notified by mail.

SECPs are kept on your farm or in your office and not returned to SAWQA.

A SECP must be prepared in one of the following ways:

  • Be prepared and self-certified by the member who has completed a training (SAWQA is providing FREE training for members, Click here for more information on trainings)
  • Be written, amended and certified by a qualified professional possessing specific registrations or certifications, and appropriate experience with erosion issues on irrigated agricultural lands. Click here for a list of qualified professionals.
  • Adhere to site-specific recommendations from NRCS, RCD, UCCE

Why is my parcel listed as needing a SECP? Click Here to review the Risk Category Table; this table identifies the reasons why a parcel could be listed as needing an SECP.

Does my parcel qualify for an exception? There are a limited number of cases that could qualify a parcel for an SECP exemption.

  • If you have not turned in an Farm Evaluation Plan (FEP) or answered “YES” on FEP question A3 there is a possibility that returning your FEP could eliminate your SECP requirement. Review the Risk Category table for more information.
  • The Regional Board recognizes following exemptions to the requirement to complete a SECP:
    • The parcel is a wetland.
    • The parcel has zero irrigated acres.
    • The parcel is isolated topographically or protected by a hydraulic barrier and the parcel does not discharge tailwater.
    • The parcel has natural riparian vegetation that prohibits sediment discharges or erosion.

    There are specific requirements to qualify for these exemptions, members must notify SAWQA if they believe a parcel qualifies for an exemption.  

Questions?                                                                                                          Contact Jill Damskey  SAWQA@AmadorRCD.org  (209) 730-3150

ARCD hosts regional CARCD Meeting

The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts Central Sierra Region Fall Meeting will be hosted by Amador Resource Conservation District.

Date & Time: Friday, October 26, 2010 – 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Cuneo Ranch/Chichizola Store, 1324 Jackson Gate Road, Jackson, CA (map attached; this is the office of the Motherlode Land Trust, which has graciously allowed us to hold our meeting at this historic site)

2012 CARCD Regional Mtg Agenda

Map to Cuneo Ranch

Click on Map for larger view

Water Agency Candidate’s Forum

The Board of Directors of the Amador Resource Conservation District voted at our August 19, 2010 meeting to hold a Water Agency Candidate’s Forum on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the evening.  We held a forum two years ago and the feedback that we got was very positive.  Our objectives for this forum are:
A.  To provide the candidates with an opportunity to get their message out to the voters of Amador County.
B.  To give the voters of the county an opportunity to know the candidates and ask questions of them.
C.  To help ensure that our water agency board of directors is made up of the best qualified individuals.
The previous forum’s format was that each candidate had time to give an opening statement and then we presented a number of questions to the candidates that each was given a chance to answer.  The public also had some time to submit questions of their own.  The forum was moderated by Mr. Giles Turner, a respected teacher at Amador High School and we asked the candidates to hold to some reasonable time frames for their comments and answers.  We expect that the forum will be held at the Supervisors’ chambers in Jackson and that it will not exceed two hours in length.
We would like to solicit questions and issues from all of the candidates.  These would be questions/issues that you all feel need to be brought out for the benefit of the voters.
We feel that the way we organized the forum two years ago promoted the civil and courteous exchange of ideas and we will be sure that this forum is conducted in a similar way.
If you will please get back to me with your availability and your questions/issues, I will keep you informed as to how this is shaping up.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me (296-1569) and if I’m not in my office, please leave me a message.

Ecosystems Services California Survey

The Ca Cattleman’s Association in conjunction with the Rangeland Coalition (which CARCD is a part of) have put together a survey to better understand the potential role that ranchers play in ecosystem services markets.

If you are a rancher please fill out the survey. Please pass this on to ranchers you know.

Link to the survey:
www.surveymonkey.com/s/SZL757Z

More info:

The goal of the survey is to understand ranchers’ level of interest and the potential for developing payments for the ecosystem services (i.e. environmental benefits such as carbon sequestration, water quality improvements, wildlife habitat, etc.) that ranching provides. Emerging markets offer the potential to provide a financial return to ranchers for good environmental stewardship by creating new economic incentives for practices that improve the quality of water, soil, air and wildlife habitat on working landscapes.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Tracy Schohr in the CCA office at (916) 444-0845 or by e-mail at tracy@calcattlemen.org.