In the Plumas National Forest, we help make sure future generations will always have a wild ride. In partnership with Butte County, BCRCD is managing $362,000 in OHV green sticker grant funds to upgrade OHV connectivity. In addition to adding about 15 miles of new authorized trail, the project evaluates the possibility of opening up as much as 40 more miles of existing roads that are currently closed to OHVs. A comprehensive suite of biological, hydrological, and archaeological surveys, coordinated by BCRCD, ensure that the new trail system will be sustainable as well as a great resource for trails-based recreation and economic development it brings. Funds are provided through the CA State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation program.
All the gritty details: On March 2, 2015, the Butte County Department of Public Works submitted a preliminary application for grant funds from the California State Parks Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program to provide OHV trail maintenance on 48 miles of Maintenance Level 2 Roads in the Plumas National Forest and 39.7 miles of the County-maintained Concow, Dixie and French Creek Roads. The proposed Work would consist of maintaining road and trails, clearing downed trees, brushing, assuring adequate drainage, repairing and replacing signs, and installing and maintaining barriers to restrict travel off designated routes. Maintenance activities on the Plumas National Forest ML 2 roads would be performed by the Cal Fire and volunteers from local OHV clubs. Maintenance activities on the County-maintained Concow, Dixie and French Creek Roads would be performed by County road crews and volunteers from local OHV clubs. All work would be supervised by a Project Coordinator from the Butte County Resource Conservation District.
Butte County Public Works also submitted a grant application to identify the required mitigation to add trails from the 2010 FEIS Plumas National Forest Public Motorized Travel Management Appendix A to the Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) and for a feasibility study to obtain an easement or right-of-way on Four Trees Road from Hwy 70 to Plumas National Forest.
BCRCD and its subcontractors spent the summer of 2018 conducting biological, archaeological and hydrological studies on the proposed trails network. The proposed project will be introduced to the public at the Feather River Ranger District Collaborative meeting Tuesday, 2/12 at 5 pm at 975 Mitchell Ave in Oroville.