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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 5A Alicia Knadler offer recreational values if Decision framework federalland or a trade includ- from the Northern Sierra surrounded by thousands of indian Valley Editor turned over to federal owner- The public comment period ing lands occupied by the Partnership, The Wildlife acres of public land, it seemed aknadier@plumasnews.comship, including more meadow- for this project passed in Octo- Mammoth Mountain Chalet Conservation Board and dona- like a good fit to get that con- land, stream and lake ber, and some Genesee resi- Owners Association. tions from Feather River solidated into public owner- Taylor Lake, above the frontage, dents were unaware of the For more information about Land Trust members, both lo- ship. Genesee Valley, is among One such parcel is locatedproposal or opportunity tothis land trade proposed ac- cals and non-residents. "Making the occasional trip more then 1,700 acres of pri- at the Pine Canyon Tralhead comment at the time. tion, call the Mammoth Lakes Before conservancy owner- up there to bury poop and vate California lands pro- on the Inyo. Lee AnneSchramel, Plumas and Mono ranger districts'ship, the dam and head-gate at clean up trash just really isn't posed for trade to the U.S. For- Trade of two private parcels National Forest information lands - program manager, Taylor Lake were deteriorat- the way to manage it over the est Service in exchange forwill require special legisla- officer and longtime resident Shela Irons, at (760) 924-5534; ed and overgrown, long term," Moghaddas said. 20.6 acres of federal land in tion, since they are located of Indian Valley, said that or Feather River Land Trust's The California Division of"Ownership by the USFS the Mammoth Mountain Ski outside the national forest when the Heart K Ranch prop- Jason Moghaddas, 283-5758.Dam Safety asked for it to be would ensure public access." Area. boundaries, erty -- which includes a per- notched in 2005, which re-Currently the property is Other private lands in the One such parcel, near Lone.tion of Taylor Lake-- went up Taylor Lake background duced stress on the dam and taxed, so county and state cof- proposed trade deal are locat- Pine, is located at the junction for sale, she had numerous in- Provided by the Feather lowered the lake level by four fers could lose that funding if ed within the boundaries ofof highways 136 and 395. formal conversations with River Land Trust, the follow- feet. it transferred to public owner- the Inyo, Eldorado and Stanis- On it is a visitor center people in the Genesee areaing is a short background of The area around the lake is ship. laus national forest areas,managed jointly by the Forest who were concerned that a Taylor Lake, one of the his- mostly used for hiking, off- About $6,600 is paid annual- The Mammoth Ski Area Service, National Park Ser- new private owner might betoric Heart K Ranch holdings, highway vehicle riding andly in watermaster fees and acreage is described as in-vice, Bureau of Land Manage- less generous about allowing The former owner of the fishing. $8,000 in property taxes. tensely developed, and is oc- ment, Caltrans, Mono County, people to enjoy and use the ranch and a portion of Taylor Occasionally people bring It is unclear whether or not cupied under special use per- Inyo County and the Califor- lake property. Lake subdivided the property small bclhts and canoes to the transferring the water rights mit by ski resort and visitor nia Department of Fish and"At one point I recall a con- into several parcels, lake, and there is an area used would help reduce that bur- facilities, including lodging, a Game. versation about an interested One parcel of the ranch and for camping as well. den on the land trust, which restaurant, two ski lifts, sev- The other parcel is located party wanting to build a pri- a parcel along Hungry Creek Most people respect the wouldstill have extensive wa- eral parking areas and motor- in the center of Bishop and is vate lodge up there'and their were then sold to private own- area, but there have been ter rights on Indian Creek. ized snow-toy rental services, used to store vehicles and for- concern about public access ers. times when trash _and feces If the lake transferred, so If traded, it would become est management equipment, immediately adjacent on pub- The Nature Conservancy have been left behind and ac- would water rights of about an island of private land sur- It is also adjacent to thelic land," she said. "In fact, bought the remainder of tive campfires have been 200acre-feet. rounded by national forest.White Mountain Ranger Dis-it's those types of concerns Heart K Ranch, including the abandoned. Taylor Lake is at the uphill Three such islands would trict Office of the Inyo Nation- that galvanized local interest Taylor Lake portion. About half of the area end of the existing Antelope- be eliminated, though, all in al Forest. to support the (Feather River The Feather River Land around the lake burned in the Taylor Lake Trailhead and the Clayey River Watershed Th e trade would address Land Trust) and the NatureTrust bought the ranch from Moonlight Fire of 2007. the trail connects with others on the Stanislaus National acquisition of environmental- Conservancy to buy the prop- the conservancy, with a short- Indian Valley resident Nan- nearby. Forest. ly sensitive and administra- erty. It was an extraordinary term $2.5 million loan from cy Neer and staff from theOwnership of Taylor Lake Taylor Lake, already tive lands, improvement effort to make it happen."thePackard Foundation. Feather River Land Trust would allow the Plumas Na- halfway on Plumas National of visitor experiences andAlternatives to the trade in- The conservancy retained felled several fire-killed trees tional Forest to incorporate Forest land, would also be-meeting economic and clude outright purchase of the ownership of Taylor Lake. in the campground area. Taylor Lake into its mainte- come fully publicly owned, community development private lands, the conveyance The Packard loan was paid With the 80-acre Taylor nance and to promote the Other private lands would needs, of more than the 20.6 acres of off in May 2011, with funding Lake parcel being completely trailhead for public use. ] Full Service Florist and Gifts Happy Valentine's Day! 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