1996 Proposed Projects

Tahoe, Plumas and Lassen National Forests

Watershed Restoration

Beckwourth District, Plumas National Forest

Project Name Description Work by Cost
Bagley Meadow (Red Clover II)

link to: U.C. Davis Information Center for the Environment Watershed Projects Inventory

This meadow has be dewatered as Bagley Creek has downcut into a gully. This project will fill the gully, possibly create ponds in the meadow, redirect the creek back into a channel in the meadow, and treat two small headcuts. Beneftis will include raising the water table in the meadow, delaying runoff, enhanceing meadow habitat, and decreasing sediment delivery to Red Clover Creek. CRM* $25,000
Summit-Downing Allotment (Last Chance) This project will restore a headwater tributary of Rowland Creek. Work to be done will stabilize the downcutting in the creek either by constructing a stabel B-type channel or constructing checkdams and biotechnical revegetation work. Length of channel is approximately 1,500 feet. The project will decrease sediment delivery into the head waters of Little Last Chance Creek and enhance riparian habitat along Rowland Creek. CRM $20,000
Summit-Downing Allotment (Last Chance) This project will stabilize numerous headcuts and gullies situated within the Ferris, Charles, Astray and Jordan Creeks, all tributaries to Last Chance Creek. Treatment of thise streams at tis time is critical, since headcuts lead to gully formation and lower baselevel conditions which promote lateral stream cutting (i.e. Wolf and Greenhorn Creeks). Restoration work will occur at approximately eitght to ten project sites and will reduce sediment movement to Last Chance Creek and, in turn the North Fork of the Feather River. this project will be completed by Forest Service crews. Rock haul will be contracted by the Forest Service Range Crew $50,000
Little Stoney Last year a headcut treatment on Little Stoney Creek partially washed out. The rock step-pool structure needs to be rebuilt. This will decrease sediment delivery to Last Chance Creek, enhance riparian habitat on Stoney Creek and improve fish habitat. CRM $5,000
Aspen Release (various locations) On the eastside of the Plumas National Forest, the suppression of wildfire has resulted in a substantial decline in aspen stands which depend on wildfire to rejuvenate stands adn reduce competition with coniferous species. White fir, in particular, reproduces well beneath aspen and eventually tops the shade intolerant aspen, killing the stands over time. It is proposed to thin conifers from these stands to release the aspen, creating healthy aspen stands to provide diversity for wildlife and improved watershed and forest condition. CRM (Jobs in the Woods Crews) $10,000

* CRM- Feather River Coordinated Resources Managment

Mount Hough District, Plumas National Forest

Project Name Description Work by Cost
Boulder Creek Meadow Located adjacent to the Boulder Creek Work Center, this project will raise the channel bed elevation and groundwater table in the meadow. The channel function will be restored resulting in decreased delivery of sediment to Antelope Lake, additional habiat for riparian vetation, additional wetland habitat and improved fish habitat. Desing may include channel reconstruction, filling in the gully with dams and ponds, in-channel check dams and in-channel biotechnical revegetation. Work will require heavy equipment for earthwork and hand crews for revegetation. Riparian areas will be fenced until vegetation is re-established. CRM
Boulder Creek, Unnamed Meadow   CRM $20,000
Upstream Hallet Meadow   CRM $10,000
Indian Rock Pit Developement   CRM
Newton Flat Pond Channel The unnamed tributary to Blackhawk Creek that flows from Newton Flat Pond is in unstable condition. the channel is downcutting into the meadow area of Newton Flat, as evidenced by an active headcut and the incised channel below the pond, plus erosion of the pond's outlet. Erosion of this stream channel is also destabilizing portions of blackhawk Creek below their confluence. The proposed project would involve stabilizing the four-foot headcut with a rock structure and approx. 300 feet of stream channel with vegetation. Benefits will include improved aquatic and riparian habitats, stabilized stream outlet at Newton Flat Pond and adjoining wetlands, and improved downstream water quality and channel stability. Design needs to be done; NEPA is done. CRM $8,000
Wapaunsie/Spanish Creek Gravel This will consist of preparing the NEPA for the out of channel gravel samplers to be constructed by the County Road Department, and doing the planning and NEPA for the Wapaunsie Creek and Spanish Creek restoration areas. The plan will use gravel extraction as a tool to help fund the creek restoration work, as well as provide an alternative to in-channel gravel sources for local businesses. Needs design, planning and NEPA. CRM
Total     $145,000


Feather River District, Plumas National Forest

Project Name Description Work by Cost
Fingerboard Pit The Fingerboard is no longer used and is being restored. The Plumas County Road Department did the necessary earthwork to recontour the slopes. The Forest Service currently has native plants growing in a nursery that need to be planted in the Spring 1996. this will stabilize the area and reduce sediment delivery into Dixon Creek. Drainage overflow pipe in the settling pond has piped throught he embankment and around the pipe. Repairs need to be done in 1996. Design is done; NEPA is done. CRM $10,000
Back Rock Creek This project will stabilize approximately 1,400 feet of downcut channel. Streambanks will be laid back and revegetated; rock vanes, revetment and floodplains will be constructed to restore function to the creek. Riparian habitat will benefit, as well as the fishery. Sediment delivery to Little grass Valley Reservoir will be reduced as the creek is stabilized. Needs design; NEPA is done. CRM
Total     $44,000