Plumas County is weighing in on the Plumas National Forest’s plans for recreation at Lake Davis and it includes snowmobiles.
“This has been controversial,” said Public Works Director Bob Perreault. “There has been so much discussion — so much concern by the stakeholders.”
Many of those stakeholders are snowmobile enthusiasts who were dismayed to see their favorite trails removed from access on Forest Service plans.
Perreault’s alternative, which he was asking the Plumas Board of Supervisors to support, includes snowmobile trails. (See adjacent map.)
“This is a great boon for the economy during winter months,” Perreault said in his draft response to the Forest Service.
He said that in addition to providing recreation and bolstering the economy, the inclusion of Lake Davis trails would take some pressure off the Lakes Basin area and its popular trails.
Perreault’s draft also included a new bridge to span the southern end of Lake Davis.
“It’s to keep pedestrians and OHV users off Lake Davis Road,” Perreault told the supervisors. He estimated it would be 150 to 250 feet long and said it would be installed at the “narrowest point of land to land.”
The supervisors voted unanimously to make Perreault’s suggestion the county’s “alternate project proposal” for recreation at Lake Davis and asked the Forest Service to consider it during the environmental review process.
The project includes the following highlights:
To guide snowmobiles away from areas of concern, the mapped roads would be groomed (see map).
To provide public services, road 24N12 would be groomed when possible.
To provide more access, Jackson Creek would be groomed when snow depth allowed.
To provide families and beginning riders with a safe place to ride, flat open areas between 24N10 and the lake would be accessible.
To provide a safe, continuous loop around the lake, a year-round bridge with a handicapped-accessible fishing platform would be constructed.
To improve access, a groomer shed and trailhead would be constructed across the road from the store.
At the conclusion of the draft proposal, Perreault wrote, “Plumas County sees this project as a way to build relationships with the PNF and provide sustainable recreation opportunities for the public.”
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