Golden State Natural Resources (GSNR) provides a unique opportunity to restore forest health, enhance the wood products industry, and reinvest in rural communities. GSNR is taking steps to advance its first project that would improve the resiliency of California’s forestlands by sustainably procuring and processing excess biomass into a pelletized fuel source for use in renewable energy generation overseas. The proposed project 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. The finished pellets would then be shipped by rail or truck to the Port of Stockton for international shipping.
NOTICE OF PREPARATION OF A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIR)
Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA), acting as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lead agency, has reissued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the GSNR Forest Resiliency Project. GSFA previously released a NOP on November 18, 2022, to initiate the environmental scoping process in accordance with the CEQA Guidelines (14 California Code of Regulations [CCR] Section 15082). This reissued NOP provides minor changes to the project description and has initiated a 30-day public review and comment period from June 1, 2023, to June 30, 2023.
The purpose of an NOP is to provide sufficient information about the proposed project and its potential environmental effects to allow public agencies, organizations, tribes and interested members of the public the opportunity to provide a meaningful response related to the scope and content, including feasible mitigation measures and project alternatives that should be considered in the EIR (CEQA Guidelines, 14 CCR 15082[a]).
GSFA hosted a virtual public meeting during the scoping period (June 1, 2023-June 30, 2023). The public meeting was an opportunity to learn about the proposed Forest Resiliency Project and submit feedback on the scope of the EIR.
View the Reissued Notice of Preparation
Check back soon for details on any upcoming community meetings.