Restoring Last Chance and Red Clover: Public comments sought
Controversial watershed restoration projects will be explained to the public Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., in the clubroom at the Indian Valley Museum in Taylorsville.
Local ranchers and water rights holders garnered support from county supervisors last year, so more of an effort at public outreach and a Plan B in case of unexpected water shortages are now required.
As the lead organization, Plumas Corporation and the Feather River Coordinated Resource Management group personnel are seeking input for two restoration project proposals: Last Chance Creek Phase II and Red Clover Confluence.
The Last Chance project is located east of Antelope Lake between Murdock and Willow Creek crossings and is on the Beckwourth Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest.
Proposed is restoration of floodplain function to almost eight miles of Last Chance the confluence areas of the Stone Dairy and Clark’s creek tributaries.
The Red Clover project is located on private land east of Beckwourth.
Restoration of floodplain function is also the goal with this project, which will affect 12.5 miles of down-cut channels along Red Clover and three of its tributaries, including Dixie, Horton and Crocker creeks.
Public participation in the form of questions and comments about the proposed projects are encouraged.
The comment process can be complex with both state and federal agencies involved, though lead agencies will be involved to make it easier to understand.
The Plumas County Planning Department will be acting as the lead agency for the state public comment and environmental process on both projects, and the Forest Service will oversee the process for the Last Chance project.
Project information for both projects is available on the management group website at feather-river-crm.org, or copies of the project proposal may be picked up at the Plumas Corporation office, which is located at 550 Highway 70, next to Gansner Airport in Quincy.
Public comments would be most helpful if submitted at the meeting or by Feb. 10 to one of the following:
Plumas County Planning Department Director Randy Wilson at 555 Main St., Quincy, CA 95971.
Plumas Corporation Project Managers Jim Wilcox, for Last Chance, and Leslie Mink, for Red Clover, via Plumas Corporation, P.O. Box 3880, Quincy, CA 95971.
Last Chance Creek Phase II Restoration Project comments may also be sent to Beckwourth District Ranger Deb Bumpus, c/o Antonio Duenas, at the Plumas National Forest Beckwourth Ranger District, P.O. Box 7, Blairsden, CA 96103; or faxed to 836-0493.
Comments may also be sent to Feather River Coordinated Resource Management Watershed Coordinator Gia Martynn, P.O. Box 3880, Quincy, CA 95971; or firstname.lastname@example.org.