Nevada and Placer Counties will benefit from a PG&E Bankruptcy filing that will transfer more than 1,500 acres of mountain land to public agencies in the two counties. The land comes at no cost to the recipients but they must commit to manage it for public benefits, such as recreation, water quality, wildlife habitat or research. 64 acres will go to the Auburn Recreation and Parks District, and District Administrator, Kahl Muscott says they have plans for expanding a park in Christian Valley off Highway 80 at Dry Creek Road and build a new park on 22 acres off Bell Road near the Auburn Airport.
“There are lots of possibilities for the property. What we suggested were trails and picnic areas, playgrounds, we even suggested things like a ball field on the Bell Road property.”
The University of California Center for Forestry, based at UC Berkeley will take over 1,484 acres near Lake Spaulding in Nevada County, with the goal to learn how forests can provide sustainable ecosystem benefits amid climate change. Nevada Irrigation District General Manager Ron Nelson says NID has interests in Spaulding and they want to make sure their interests are protected.
“Upstream of Spaulding are three parcels that the University is going to be receiving and we have canals that go through some of those parcels, so that’s where our interests are.”
Cal Fire is also receiving 5,200 acres in Shasta County’s Pit River watershed and 1,800 acres in Shasta County’s Tunnel Reservoir area. with plans to continue research on forestry practices and watershed management like programs already taking place on Cal Fire’s 8 demonstration forests.
The stewardship council’s November 16th award of the properties was preliminary; a final vote is expected this month.