DFG has plans for Humbug Valley

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor

The Maidu Summit is not the only organization requesting title to Pacific Gas & Electric lands in Humbug Valley.

In November the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) cast its line into the water as well.

Maidu Summit members and DFG officials gave presentations earlier this month in Sacramento to directors of the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council, the organization charged with conservation of about 140,000 acres of PG&E land.

Directors were charged with disbursing the land, after PG&E declared bankruptcy, through a donation and stewardship program, which requires different holders of the fee title and conservation easement for each unit of land.

The DFG goal for this mountain meadow is to create a state wildlife area. The wildlife area’s primary purposes, as written in the proposal, include:

Protection of fish, wildlife, and plant life from overgrazing, residential and recreational development; guarantee continued public access for the education, use and enjoyment of future generations; and restoration of wet meadow and riparian ecosystems.

The DFG proposal is not one of preservation, rather one of conservation for recreational, educational, scientific and other diversified uses of the fish and wildlife.

Included in its proposal were three letters of support from possible partners in future projects, including Plumas Corporation, California Trout, the Feather River Resource Conservation District, Feather River Land Trust and the Lassen National Forest.

Although the Humbug unit is located on Plumas National Forest, DFG ownership of Humbug would create an almost "contiguous stretch of public land through a uniquely resource rich area."

Lassen National Forest, California Trout and the DFG have already performed or partnered on restoration projects in the area during the past 25 years.

"The California Department of Fish and Game has decades of experience in managing the fisheries and working to improve fish habitat in Yellow Creek, within Humbug Valley," planners wrote. "Yellow Creek is a California Fish and Game Commission designated Wild Trout stream."

As a state wildlife area, Humbug would be managed in a way that would recognize its multicultural and multiple habitat features, while at the same time maintaining a focus on restoration of wet meadow and riparian areas.

Cultural and archeological sites would be protected with Maidu Summit coordination, according to the proposal.

No comment from the Maidu Summit was received by press time. In October 2009, Plumas County supervisors approved a partnership with it.

The Maidu Summit Consortium is a group whose members seek to obtain PG&E lands on the east shore of Lake Almanor and Humbug valleys.

“All of these lands were Maidu lands taken from Maidu people,” the Summit wrote in a letter to Brian Morris of the Plumas County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.

The consortium is represented by Mountain Maidu from nine groups, including recognized and petitioning tribes, nonprofit organizations and grassroots groups.

For more information about the proposed DFG plan, contact Kent Smith, regional manager for the California Department of Fish and Game North Central Region, at (916) 358-2898.

For more information about the Maidu plan, contact the Roundhouse Council at 284-6866.

For more information about the stewardship council and its land conservation plans and processes, call (866) 791-5150 or visit

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