Mountain Meadows Reservoir is full this spring and water is being released into Hamilton Branch. Enhancement projects at the reservoir will be discussed at the Friends of Mountain Meadows meeting Thursday, May 16. Photo by Susan Cort Johnson

Friends of Mountain Meadows to meet May 16

Friends of Mountain Meadows will meet at noon Thursday, May 16 at the Mountain Meadows Gateway property.

The agenda includes an update from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on the fish stocking efforts at the reservoir, an update from Pacific Gas and Electric Company on the hydroelectric operations and a summary of the stocking of bass with feedback from those attending the meeting.

Nils Lunder, director of Mountain Meadows Conservancy and a staff member of Feather River Land Trust in the area of stewardship, will discuss the Mountain Meadows Gateway Project.

This project is located at the south end of Delwood Street in Westwood and consists of approximately seven acres.

Mountain Meadows Conservancy partnered with the Feather River Land Trust to purchase the property.

The site is being cleaned up and will be developed into a public access area that will include a parking area and such amenities as a trail system, a kiosk with interpretive signs and maps. Trailheads along the banks of Robbers Creek will lead to the Mountain Meadows shoreline.

At the May 16 meeting, those present will be invited to share their ideas and volunteer to help with the project.

A second property to be discussed is the Indian Ole Dam public access enhancement project.

A grant agreement was completed with the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council to develop facilities at the Indian Ole Dam.

Proposed enhancements include a half mile walking trail, interpretive signs and maps, benches, picnic tables and a toilet. Sierra Pacific Industries will be assisting with the project by improving the existing parking area.

Feather River Land Trust is the Conservation Easement holder of the nearly 7,000 acres of land at the Mountain Meadows Reservoir.

The reservoir and its shoreline is part of 140,000 acres of watershed lands in California conserved through a Land Conservation Program established by the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council.

Although Mountain Meadows Reservoir is owned by PG&E, a conservation easement holder ensures the land is not developed and people enjoy it for generations to come in a variety of ways, including outdoor recreation.

Lunder will provide an update on the enhancement project and discuss the timeline and sequence as well as develop a team of volunteers to help.

Meetings of Friends of Mountain Meadows were set in place following the draining of Mountain Meadows Reservoir in September 2015.

Since its organization the restocking of the reservoir has been a topic of discussion at meetings as well as efforts to make sure the reservoir will never succumb to drought again. Staff from PG&E and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife meets regularly to go over water levels and operation guidelines.

To get to the Mountain Meadows Gateway Property, follow Delwood Street south to the railroad tracks and continue along lower Delwood Street to the parking area on the right.