October 6-7, 2023
Black Oak Casino Resort Hotel
Tuolumne, California

Schedule of Events

Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, Black Oak Hotel Conference Room:

8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Welcome  Tracie Riggs, Tuolumne County Administrative Officer;  Kathleen Haff, Chairperson, Board of Supervisors, Fourth District;  David Goldemberg, Supervisor, District One.
9:10am Introductions
Blue Zones Project (BZP) - Kristi Conforti, Public Policy Advocate, BZP Tuolumne County, Cathy Parker, Director, Wellbeing, Adventist Health Sonora and BZP Local Sponsor.   A worldwide research project was done in the places around the world where people lived the longest and were the healthiest.  The results showed four core lifestyle values that impact longevity the most:  Move Naturally, Right Outlook, Eat Wisely, and Connect.  The Blue Zones is teaching us how these core philosophies can be incorporated into our communities through planning processes, as well as into our own lives.
Habitat for Humanity  -  Trinity Abila
Habitat - restoring hope and dignity through innovative solutions, community collaboration and a holistic approach to housing.
10:40am Break

CEQA Update  -  Melanie McCavour, EIA professional and Lecturer at Cal Poly Humboldt.

Wonderful Things for You  -  Lisa Mayo, Visit Tuolumne; Cissy Frazier, Black Oak Casino and Hotel.
12:00pm Lunch
Planning Commissioner Boot Camp  -  Dave Ruby, Planning Manager - Tuolumne County
2:05pm Golden State Natural Resources  - Carolyn Jhajj. - Communications Director, and Arthur Wylene, Legal Counsel.
Procuring and processing excess biomass into wood pellets for use in renewable energy regeneration.
2:40pm Break
Heartwood Tuolumne Biomass - David Schmidt
We make our products out of the wood others throw away, like scrap from forest waste, forest thinning, and wildfire mitigation projects.  The result is wood that not only helps preserve our forests, buthelps preserve jobs in our rural community.”
3:25pm Yosemite Clean Energy - Tom Hobby, Sherri Brennan  Yosemite Clean Energy utilizes state-of-the-art technology and partners with local communities to transform wood waste into renewable, affordable, zero-emission fuels to restore and strengthen the environment
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources University of California Cooperative Extension - Cindy Chen
The presentation will provide an overview of current research progress of renewable bio products and wood products. The presentation will also discuss opportunities for community and economic development in these sectors while reaching the state’s long-term goals of wildfire fuel reduction.
4:25pm Adjourn - Dinner/evening on your own.


Saturday, October 7, 2023 - Field Trip

8:00am Breakfast and Load onto bus
9:00am Leave for Twain Harte Community Service District - Tom Trott, General Manager and Dave Ruby, Planning Manager, Tuolumne County A collaborative, multi-agency storm water capture and groundwater recharging project with multiple layers of infrastructure and public play and educational spaces.
Tour the proposed Habitat for Humanity project for senior citizens to be able to age in place.  The project plans incorporate the philosophies of Blue Zones - a lifetime of movement, social connectivity and purpose.  The building materials will be provided by a company in Oregon using 3D Technologies.  Rounded corners to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs are not an issue with 3D printing.
11:30am Tour of Blue Mountain Minerals by John Salkowski, General Manager
Lunch and General Meeting at the City Hotel in Columbia Historical State Park (Menu)
2:00pm Explore Columbia State Park
3:00pm Wine tasting at Inner Sanctum Cellars Winery
4:30pm Return to Black Oak Casino and Hotel
6:00pm Social Hour
Gala Awards Dinner:  Keynote Speakers - Tuolumne County Supervisors Ryan Campbell and Jaron Brandon 
They will be speaking on State issues pertinent to counties.


“I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something, and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”   --Edward Everett Hale

Thank You!  We express heartfelt gratitude to our donors who have contributed to help support the 2022 CCPCA program:  

  • The Stanislaus Foundation, E. & J. Gallo Fund
  • Patrick Wallner, Wallner Plumbing
  • Blue Mountain Minerals
  • Stephen B Campbell