California’s forests are at a crossroads and bold, swift, and dynamic action is required. Golden State Natural Resources provides a unique opportunity to restore forest health, enhance the wood products industry, and reinvest in rural communities. Golden State Natural Resources is taking steps to advance its first set of projects that would sustainably procure and process excess forest vegetation into a pelletized fuel source for renewable energy. The proposed projects would include the development of two processing facilities, one in the foothills of the Central Sierra Nevada Mountain range, in Tuolumne County, and one in the Modoc Plateau of Northern California, in Lassen County.
Golden State Natural Resources is conducting statewide and local outreach as it takes meaningful action to release a Notice of Preparation (NOP) this summer. The NOP will begin the environmental scoping process in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and provide sufficient information about the proposed project. It is during this time that the Golden State Natural Resources will seek feedback from public agencies, organizations, tribes, and interested members of the public.
Golden State Natural Resources will hold community meetings in May 2022 to provide residents an opportunity to learn more about the proposed projects, economic and ecological benefits, and potential short-term impacts.
Meetings are open to everyone. Both community meetings will start at 6:30 PM with an open house format, where residents are welcome to visit stations to learn more about the project and ask questions. A formal presentation will follow with Q&A, after which residents are welcome to continue to visit the different stations.
• Tuolumne County Community Meeting: May 9, 2022 – 6:30 PM in Rocca Park, 18226 Main Street, Jamestown, CA
• Lassen County Community Meeting: May 11, 2022 – 6:30 PM at Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 657-575 Bridge Street, Bieber, CA
Refreshments and snacks will be provided. See flyer here.
The proposed Tuolumne wood pellet processing site is located at 12001 La Grange Road approximately 9 miles southwest of the community of Jamestown in Central Sierra (Tuolumne), California and in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The Tuolumne site was previously a wood processing facility that was shuttered a number of years ago.
Tuolumne Project Map (for illustrative purposes only – click to enlarge)
The proposed Lassen wood pellet processing site is located in Nubieber, California (Lassen County), approximately 3 miles southwest of the census-designated town of Bieber in northwestern Lassen County. The Lassen site is located at 551000 Roosevelt Avenue, Nubieber, CA. The proposed location includes property where a former wood products facility existed, as well as an area currently being used to load rail cars.
Lassen Project Map (for illustrative purposes only – click to enlarge)