Folks, PG&E is in the last stages of a donation of property around Meadow Lake and Fordyce Lake to a conservation easement to be held by the Bear Yuba Land Trust. Most of the items in the easement plan don’t have issues with them, except for two important bits:
- omission of the Fordyce ‘Committee Trail’ from their maps and language in the plan that do not permit off road travel on non-identified roads. The omission puts the continued use of the Committee Trail in serious jeopardy. The BYLT folks are not in the business of being in support of OHV in any form.
- omission of camping around Fordyce Lake (which exists today and PG&E was in the process of expanding). The plan with the BYLT explicitly removes camping as a ‘beneficial public value’ as part of their conservation plan (which of course only includes ‘passive’ outdoor recreation like hiking, fishing, sightseeing,…)
They are accepting protests until Aug 31 for this plan. The BYLT folks didn’t know there was camping at Fordyce, nor did they know anything about the Committee Trail. Clearly, they haven’t really visited the area that they are getting an easement to manage.
The very large Conservation Easement plan documents are here:
Note that its in excess of 200+ pages, so its not a small document.
The other documents I reference to provide evidence of the trail/route and the camping issue are the Hydro Electric licensing environmental impact study. These are huge docs (> 1000 pages), but the important bits are:
- FEIS Volume 2, Appendix C, page C-3 – Map displays the “Committee Trail” with an OHV symbol on it. It also displays the proposed campground development at Fordyce Lake.
- FEIS Volume 1
- Page 67 – Mentions reducing flows of Fordyce Creek to enhance OHV annual event
- Page 414 – OHV use in the project is recognized
- Page 422 – OHV use at Fordyce Lake is recognized
- Page 430, Table 3-211 – Indicates that OHV use is a primary activity in the Fordyce Lake area
- Page 462-464 detailing the camping use around Fordyce Lake
- Page 672 – Table discusses continued management of existing trails in the Comparison of Alternatives
I’ve uploaded the letter I sent to PG&E and the CPUC to protest the omissions.
You can grab either version and add your additional comments, but please modify it in some way so it doesn’t appear like a form letter. Email & fax is good, there isn’t time to send via US mail.
Any questions, just drop me email or call me and I can explain further.