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TRUCKEE RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL <br />PO Box 8568 <br />Truckee, CA 96162 <br />Ph: 530-550-8760 <br /> <br />March 5, 2013 <br /> <br />TO: Denyelle Nishimori, Town of Truckee <br /> <br />FR: Lisa Wallace, Truckee River Watershed Council <br /> <br />RE: Canyon Springs Draft EIR <br /> <br />Dear Ms. Nishimori, <br /> <br />Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback and comment on the Draft EIR for <br />Canyon Springs. <br /> <br />The Truckee River Watershed Council brings the community Together for the Truckee - to <br />protect, enhance and restore the Truckee River watershed. <br /> <br />We identify, coordinate, fund and implement restoration and preservation projects directly <br />related to the health, beauty, and economy of the watershed. Combining sound science and <br />a deep understanding of our region’s values, we focus on the root causes of threats to the <br />Truckee River watershed. <br /> <br />Based the mission of the Watershed Council, we reviewed the following sections of the Draft <br />EIR with the associated figures and appendices: <br /> <br /> 4.2 Agriculture and Forestry Resources <br /> 4.4 Biological Resources <br /> 4.6 Geology, Soil, and Seismicity <br /> 4.9 Hydrology and Water Quality <br /> 4.10 Land Use Planning <br /> 4.13 Public Services and Recreation <br /> 6.0 CEQA-Required Assessment Conclusions <br /> <br />4.2 Agriculture and Forestry Resources <br /> <br />From our perspective, it appears the document for the most part adequately addresses <br />Agriculture and Forestry Resources. <br /> <br />We would like to note following point for the consideration: <br /> <br /> Forestry Planting. We have the following recommendation regarding the replanting <br />addressed in section “D.1.d Result in the Loss of Forest…” (Figure 3-6). The <br />replanting standard of 35-foot center is ineffective to meet goals of forest health and <br />wildlife habitat (vs. for example, a timber plantation). We strongly recommend <br />replanting and (and forestry management) meet a more effective standard, as for <br />example, defined by the US Forest Service in An Ecosystem Management Strategy <br />for Sierran Mixed-Conifer Forests (North et al. 2009), also referred to as General <br />Technical Report (GTR) 220. <br />