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Upper Butte Creek Forest Health Initiative

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Funded by a $1.4 million grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board, this project will develop a forest health NEPA document on 20,000 acres of Lassen National Forest lands -- half "green," half "black". (The "black" acres burned in 2021 in the Dixie Fire.) The plan will return the area to resilience through meadow restoration, aspen improvement, forest thinning, and prescribed fire.  Over summer 2022, RCD-led crews and contractors assessed forest stands, mapped botanical resources, evaluated miles of roads and streams, pored over archaeological resources and counted owls and goshawks to inform the plan.  Meanwhile, we convened monthly meetings with Forest Service specialists to understand how best to restore resilience to this wild and beloved local landscape.  In fall 2022, expect lots of chances to provide your input. Together, we can shape the best possible future for these lands! 

It's all part of the new wave of "shared stewardship" (S2) projects,  where Federal lands get help from State and local organizations (like our RCD) so we can protect our forests and communities for generations to come.


Monday, Sept. 26th at 5 pm, Upper Butte Creek Project will be discussed at the monthly meeting of the Butte County Forest Advisory Committee.

Monday, Oct 17th, 9 am - 3 pm:

Please join the Butte RCD and the U.S. Forest Service for a
Of the 20,000-acre Upper Butte Creek Forest Health project!
WHERE: Meet at 9:00 at Jonesville Sno-Park
WHAT: Visit three different forest types around Upper Butte watershed, including portions of the Dixie Fire. Together, we’ll discuss what these forests should look like in 5, 10, and 50 years…. and how we can make it happen!
WHO: Suitable for all ages. Not much walking.
Questions? Just email: