Public comment on the Yellow Creek Watershed Restoration Project

The Almanor Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest in collaboration with Plumas Corporation, is initiating public scoping on the proposed Yellow Creek Watershed Restoration Project. The Yellow Creek Project is a 324-acre restoration project aiming to recover the ecosystem functionality of upland forests, meadows, fens, aspen and riparian areas to the highest achievable level reintroduce fire.

The Yellow Creek Project lies in the Upper Feather River Watershed in Plumas County. The project encompasses approximately four miles of Yellow Creek and a side tributary that ultimately drain into Tasmam Koyom, the Mountain Maidu’s ancestral land.

“This project offers the unique opportunity to improve the hydrologic function of the headwater meadows, springs, fens and other riparian habitats which contribute to downstream hydrologic flows,” said Deb Bumpus, forest supervisor, LNF. “It will help to reduce sedimentation to the downstream watersheds.”

The proposed action, including a detailed map of the proposed project activities, is available online at the Lassen National Forest website: fs.usda.gov/projects/lassen/landmanagement/projects.

Specific written comments on the proposed project should be received by Oct. 8 to be considered early during project development and analysis. The Forest Service will review your scoping comments to help identify issues associated with the project.

Submit electronic comments to comments-pacificsouthwest-lassen-almanor@fs.fed.us.

Comments submitted electronically must be in plain text, rich format, Word, portable document format or an email message. Include “Yellow Creek Watershed Restoration Project” in the subject line.

Mail written comments to Russell Nickerson, District Ranger, c/o Coye Burnett, Project Leader, Almanor Ranger District, P.O. Box 767, 900 E. Highway 36, Chester, CA 96020 or fax to 258-5194.

To obtain additional information regarding this project, contact Coye Burnett, project leader, at coye.burnett@usda.gov.