1. Unbraid the braided stream.-reestablish trout population/run
-Remove sediment from braided stream area
2. Stabilize soils in fire-damaged areas.
-clearing dead/ burn brush and trees, thinning forest to prevent future fires as big as this one.
-Control erosion of small feeder streams
3. Cattle access control
-fencing to prevent cattle access to stream
-fix bank erosion with brush mattresses
4. Hillside slump stabilization.
In this Plumas Trout Creek Restoration the primary objective is to reestablish the hydrology of the area in an attempt to repopulate the trout that were once running the stream. The Braided stream will be rechanneled and a higher water velocity should help to push sediment build up out of the stream increasing flow and depth. Brush matresses and plantings of native species will reinforce the hillside slump in the southwestern area of the site. Soils in the area should be stabilized with removal of fire-damaged brush and a few new plantings in the area to prevent further erosion from the recent fire damage. There will be plantings in the harvested pine areas to the south.
Project Location and Ownership
The restoration site is 400 acres located in Plumas County, near the town of Quincy at approximately 6000 feet of elevation. Land is owned by the Sierra Nevada conservancy and to be purchased and managed by the U.S. Forest Service after restoration. All land immediately surrounding the site is owned by U.S. Forest service. Cattle are allowed to graze the area under lease arrangement with the USFS. The Closest resident is more than five miles away.
History and Existing Site Conditions
The site features a Braided stream that was once not braided. Due to a recent forest fire to the north and hillside slump in the southwestern corner that are both depositing major amounts of sediment to the stream resulting in the braided stream. Another area to the south was over