Bioenergy Plant Under Study in Foresthill


Last year, interested residents of Foresthill formed a Foresthill Bioenergy Committee to explore whether a biomass facility could be useful and feasible on the Foresthill Divide. By April of 2015, the Committee and its project team organizations and participants hope to release the results of the study.

Participating agencies include the Placer Resource Conservation District (serving as the lead administering agency), the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the Placer County Planning Department, the Placer County Air Pollution Control District and the U.S. Forest Service.

A biomass plant would accept slash from Forest Service thinning and from logging. This would greatly decrease the current pile-and-burn practice which releases harmful particulate matter into the air. Instead, the slash would be chipped at the logging or thinning site and brought to the plant for conversion into electric- ity which could be purchased by PG&E and added to the grid.

The U.S.F.S. Tahoe National Forest American River District has determined that a biomass conversion plant could reduce up to 90 percent of polluting emissions when compared to conventional pile-and-burn methods when timber is removed from the forest.

The study is considering what type of plant would be best for the local situation, where it might be located within a reasonable range of the downed tree debris and the resulting positives and negatives for the community.

Once the study is completed, it would serve as a guidepost for a private company that would actually develop and operate the plant.

This study is similar to the Cabin Creek Project near Lake Tahoe. The Placer Resource Conservation District was accepting comments, questions and ideas until Dec. 31, 2014. The PRCD contact is

Stephanie Williams, SCPG member


Friday, February 20,7:30pm
How to Spy on Your Feathered Friends:Monitoring Bluebird Nest Boxes
A presentation on one of our beautiful local species, the western bluebird
Kelly Weintraub, Kate Brennan, and Heath Wakelee
Rocklin Campus S111 (Sewell Hall)

Sierra College's Natural History Museum Lecture series continues in February and March. Read more>>

Thursday, March 5
My car and two pounds of trash: Changing the world’s climate bit by bit

Dr. Deb Niemeier will speak at 7pm in Auburn. Read more>>

Saturday, March 7
Selection of Films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festial

At the State Theater in Auburn. Read more>>


Three elected to SCPG Executive Committee

Sierra Club Placer Group members have elected Michael Garabedian, Carol Love and Tony Rakocija to serve on the Executive Committee for a two-year term running through 2016.

The officers were selected in balloting that closed December 1, 2014, to serve on the six-member SCPG Executive Committee which meets monthly to discuss and vote on key issues and club business.

All SCPG members are invited and welcome to attend the Executive Committee meetings but only the six officers can vote on motions.

Garabedian is active in Placer County conservation issues, especially as they impact the North Fork American River; Love is a longtime member of the ExCom serving as its Secretary; and Rakocija is the SCPG treasurer and another longtime member of the ExCom.

Congratulations to our new officers and wishing them the best.


New meeting schedule for 2015

The Sierra Club Placer Group Executive Committee has a new meeting schedule for 2015, with the elected officers meeting10 times a year instead of 12. The 2015 meeting dates are: February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4 and December 2.

The Executive Committee, which is the six-member elected body for the SCPG, will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of the month but has cancelled the January and July meetings.

All members are welcome to attend the monthly meetings but only officers can vote on motions and issues. The ExCom meets at 7:00 p.m. at the Denny’s at the Foresthill exit at I-80 in Auburn. If you have any questions about attending a meeting or how to get involved, contact information for the Executive Committee is listed in this newsletter.



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