Announcements regarding hearings, grants, and public comment notices of importance to California's rural counties.


California Air Resources Board to Examine Changes to Small Off-Road Engine Regulations


On March 24th, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold a virtual workshop (from 10am to Noon) to discuss potential changes to the Small Off-Road Engine (SORE) Regulations, such as tighter emission standards and transition to zero-emission equipment. SORE—19 kilowatts or less—are often used in lawn and garden equipment, industrial equipment and specialty vehicles. For more information on SORE, including meeting details, see here. CARB will answer questions at this workshop and accept written public comments on the SORE Workshop no later than April 8, 2021.


CAL FIRE to Host Online Workshops: Fire Prevention and Forest Health Grants

CAL FIRE will host online workshops regarding fire prevention and forest health grants.Due to COVID-19 restrictions, participation will be limited to online workshops via Microsoft Teams. NO registration is necessary.
Fire Prevention

  • March 25, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT

Microsoft Teams meeting | Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only) +1 650-564-3271,,710970321#
Phone Conference ID: 710 970 321#

Visit the Fire Prevention Grants webpage for Grants Guidelines & a recording of the workshop


Forest Health, Forest Legacy & Research

  • April 7, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PDT

Microsoft Teams meeting | Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only) +1 650-564-3271,,969798025#
Phone Conference ID: 969 798 025#

Visit the Forest Health Grants webpage for Grants Guidelines & a recording of the workshop.

Plumas County Seeks Redistricting Consultant Services

Plumas County has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking professional redistricting consultant services. The submission deadline is 3:00 p.m. on April 7, 2021. More information is available here.


California Air Resources Board Offers Webinars on Regulatory Compliance Training

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is offering a variety of training webinars for regulatory compliance on issues affecting public fleets such as Off-Road Regulations, Truck and Bus Rules, and Diesel Truck Rules. 

The In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulation (Off-Road Regulation) requires fleet owners to report to CARB, label their off-road vehicles, and reduce emissions from older equipment.  This course provides detailed information to help fleet owners understand and comply with the Off-Road Regulation: 

Date:               March 25, 2021
Time:               1:00 p.m.
Webinar:         Register

Date:               May 13, 2021
Time:               1:00 p.m.
Webinar:         Register

The CARB Diesel Truck Rules course will discuss compliance options and reporting requirements for 2021 and beyond for those that own, operate or dispatch heavy-duty diesel trucks in California. If your vehicles are not compliant, you need to know what the current and future requirements are. If your vehicles are compliant, you may need to report to remain compliant. 

Date:               April 29, 2021
Time:               1:00 p.m.
Webinar:         Register

CARB’s Air Regulatory Overview for Public Agencies course provides training to for public agency employees and fleet managers about the basic regulatory requirements for heavy-duty diesel vehicles and provide awareness on which elements of the regulations these agencies may be accountable for, such as idling limitations; On-Road Public Fleet Regulation; In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation; Periodic Smoke Inspection Program; & Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP). 

Date:               April 1, 2021
Time:               1:00 p.m.
Webinar:         Register

The Compliance Overview: Truck & Bus Rule, Off-Road Regulation, and Portable Equipment course includes the following topics:

Truck and Bus Regulation:

  • Regulation Applicability
  • Engine Model Year Schedule
  • Exemptions & Extensions
  • How to Report for Regulation Flexibilities
  • Broker and Dispatcher Requirements
  • DMV Registration

Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP):

  • Regulation Applicability
  • Program Updates

Advanced Clean Truck (ACT):

  • Manufacturers ZEV Sales Requirements
  • One-Time Reporting
  • Future ZEV Rules

In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation:

  • Regulation Applicability
  • Requirements Currently in Effect
  • Future Compliance Deadlines

Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP) & Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM):

  • PERP Eligibility
  • Program Requirements
  • ATCM Program & Updates
  • Enforcement & Inspections

Date:               April 22, 2021
Time:               1:00 p.m.
Webinar:         Register


California Public Utilities Commission to Hold Workshop on Execution of 2020 PSPS Events

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold an upcoming public workshop with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and PacifiCorp on the execution of their 2020 Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS) events; Southern California Edison will participate in the latter half of the workshop. This workshop will include two roundtable discussions covering local government, tribes, and the Access and Functional Needs community. More information, including a full agenda, will be made available here

WHEN: Monday, March 29, 2021 from 9am to 5pm
WHERE: Online viewing only. Webcast available here.
HOW: To participate and make public comments, the call-in number is 1-800-857-1917, passcode is 5180519.


Save the Date for Forest Stewardship Workshop

The University of California Cooperative Extension has announced upcoming training opportunities to help landowners develop sustainable plans to improve and protect their forest lands. Online workshops will be offered weekly from March 22, 2021 through May 27, 2021, with an in-person session scheduled in Humboldt County on Saturday, April 24, 2021. For more information, see here.