ACCG Mission Statement
The Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group is a community-based organization that works to create fire-safe communities, healthy forests and watersheds, and sustainable local economies.
The economies, natural environments, and communities of Amador and Calaveras County are healthy and sustainable.
The Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group is a community-based collaborative. Its members include state and federal agencies, business owners, nonprofit organizations, elected officials and private individuals. The group focuses on a triple-bottom-line approach to environmental, economic and community issues. It makes decisions by consensus and works primarily in the upper Mokelumne River and Calaveras River watersheds east of Highway 49.
The ACCG was first convened in December 2008 by Calaveras County Supervisor Steve Wilensky, Sierra Nevada Conservancy Executive Officer Jim Branham and Sierra Business Council President Steve Frisch. The initial meeting brought together loggers, environmentalists, business owners, and local residents with federal, state and local officials, who decided to form the Calaveras Consensus Group. The group originally worked to find common ground on forest, economic, and community issues in northeastern Calaveras County, where the collapse of the timber industry decades before ago had led to chronic unemployment and poverty along with unhealthy forests and struggling local economies. In 2009, the group was broadened to include Amador County.
How We Reach Decisions
Decision-making process of the group is defined as consensus. If consensus cannot be reached, the person or persons expressing concern are responsible for proposing an alternative which meets the same end goal. If alternatives cannot be defined immediately, the person opposing a decision is responsible for convening a meeting with relevant persons to clearly define the alternative for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
Milestones and Achievements
- December 2008: Calaveras Consensus Group formed
- February 2009: Group broadened to include Amador County
- August 2010: Forest Principles and Policies to Guide Operations adopted
- September 2010: Memorandum of Understanding adopted for membership and governance
- February 2012: U.S. Forest Service selects ACCG Cornerstone Project as one of the 10 Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act projects in the nation
Recognition and Awards
- December 2010: U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester’s Award for “All-Land Ecological Restoration”
- May 2012: Sierra Business Council “Sierra Vision” award