Spring is a shaping up to be a productive time for the Feather River Stewardship Coalition. In March, the Coalition submitted a grant to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to treat the remaining areas around Bucks Lake that were left unfinished from the Bucks Lake Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project on the Plumas National Forest. This project reduced fire hazard, rehabilitated stream corridors, and improved roads to reduce erosion and runoff into Bucks Lake and its tributaries. Treating the remaining areas will improve forest health and wildfire resiliency around cabins, encourage aspen regeneration, and connect treatments for a continuous buffer of healthy forest around the lake and its communities. The Bucks Lake project was widely supported by Coalition partners, including the Feather River Integrated Water Management Group, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, Mooretown Rancheria, and many others.
The momentum continues in April with new projects for the Feather River Stewardship Coalition and its supporters. The next meeting on the 27th of April from 3:30 to 5:30 will have participation from the Feather River Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest, Butte County Fire Safe Council, and others. We will be discussing several projects that boarder Butte, Sierra, and Yuba counties within the Plumas National Forest. These projects are important areas to watershed health for the Yuba and Feather Rivers, contributing vital water supply to the State Water Project. We encourage the public to join us in these discussions as we seek to improve the conditions of our forests while ongoing climate changes and large devastating wildfires become common in California.