The page contained references to how terrible and how much (30%) of the Sierra's forests were being converted from forests to residential. It also said this;
"How you can participate? The Sierra Nevada Carbon Cooperative is designed to help landowners and land managers measure, certify, market, and sell Sierra Nevada carbon offsets from forestland conservation and management in the Northern Sierra. Sierra Business Council will do this by playing the role of project consultant, manager, and/or developer, according to CCAR’s “Gold Standard” protocols. SBC is currently seeking qualified projects on forested lands of the Sierra Nevada, which have been managed for conservation, avoided conversion to development or agriculture, or need to be afforested after deforestation."
It appears they want to assist those that already have conservation easements or land trusts (HERE) , maybe TPZ and/or Williamson Act too, in a additional level of avoidance of paying taxes (or competing for scarce dollars in the private sector). But I could be wrong too, it may be simply another way to make money by a "non-profit. I must say the CARB has opened a door to every conceivable scam a person or organization can think up. The timber industry has been devastated by SBC type organizations over the years and now we are too believe the Sierra's are under attack to convert those forests that can't be cut into residential? We are to believe the forests (owned by the Feds and State to the tune of millions of acres, 1/3 on Nevada County alone) are being converted? Anyone tell SPI about this? (They will possible make a gazillion bucks in the CARB rules?)
We now get to see the biggest hoax perpetrated on mankind (man-made global warming) turned into a money making item for non-profits and crony capitalists. If ever there was a more creative way to scam (CARB) on the taxpayers I am unaware of one. Well, maybe Obama and Solyndra etal, but I digress.
HERE is the full link to the newest SBC endeavor. Read it and you decided if these people should get non-profit status. Read it and you decide if they are pro private enterprise or simply a way to jip the taxpayers. In my view the CARB will be the final stab in the heart of free enterprise and the void of hope will be filled with scheming eco organizations who will now become consultants drowning in dollars from the hard work of the few private businesses left in our state. HERE is the services SBC offers if you have any doubt about the motivations, read the whole thing.
When Prop 23 was going Steve Frisch, the opposition leader and Executive Director of SBC,worked against its passage. He was traveling all over the state telling anyone who would listen to him the importance of AB32 was paramount. Well his position won and many of us thought the opponents of the Prop 23 initiative were simply padding their future coffers as we felt they were going to benefit. That was steadfastly denied all over the State by non-profits and I guess we were right. Seems the SBC's are looking for consulting jobs in the scam of AB32, and CARB will soon be dishing the money out. What is it they say in politics when you want to get to the real reason people or organizations support things? "Follow the money". It seems no one or no "so-called" public interest entity is immune either. Oh, and inquiring minds want to know who paid for the 48 page report SBC put together on the year 2005 document? Maybe I'll show up today.