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McArthur Swamp LCCP includes hunting

By Frank Galusha
08/24/13 -- The Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council (Stewardship Council) is developing and implementing a plan (Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan) to permanently protect approximately 140,000 acres of watershed lands (known as the McArthur Swamp) near Fall River Mills. The comment period for this LCCP began today and will last until September 20. Hunters should review this plan and let the Council know how important this area could be to waterfowl hunting in the Northeastern Zone in the decades ahead.

The land is currently owned by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E); the plan is being developed and implemented pursuant to a Settlement Agreement and a Stipulation Resolving Issues Regarding the Land Conservation Commitment (‘Land Conservation Commitment’) approved by the California Public Utilities Commission in Decision 03-12-035 when PG&E declared bankruptcy.

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4,491 acres of the McArthur Swamp planning unit located in Shasta County has been recommended for donation to the Fall River Resource Conservation District, subject to a conservation easement to be held by Ducks Unlimited. A draft Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan (LCCP) has been developed by the Stewardship Council for the McArthur Swamp planning unit, which describes how this recommendation and related actions will satisfy the requirements of the Land Conservation Commitment and preserve and enhance, on an overall basis and as applicable, the following six beneficial public values:
- Protection of natural habitat of fish, wildlife, and plants
- Preservation of open space
- Outdoor recreation by the general public, including hunting, wildlife viewing and bird watching.
- Sustainable forestry
- Agriculture
- Historic values

There is natural habitat in this region for fish, wildlife and plants, including:

· Wet meadows, seasonal wetlands, vernal pools, and emergent wetlands; annual and perennial native and seeded grasslands; and low sage uplands;

·Migrating waterfowl including Pacific greater white-fronted and snow geese, northern pintail, mallard, American widgeon, gadwall, and green-winged teal. Greater sandhill cranes also seasonally use the property; and

· Nesting cover in grasslands for a variety of ducks, shorebirds, and songbirds including mallard, gadwall, cinnamon teal, long-billed curlew, savannah sparrow, and western meadowlark.

· The conservation easement recognizes the property is located within the ancestral territory of the Ahjumawi Band of the Pit River Tribe and requires the protection of cultural resources.

The draft for the McArthur Swamp planning unit is being made available for public review and comment from August 22 to September 20, 2013. Comments must be submitted in writing, and postmarked or e-mailed no later than 5:00 pm on September 20, 2013 to:

LCCP Comments
15 N. Ellsworth Ave., Suite 100
San Mateo, CA 94401-2831
comments22@stewardshipcouncil.org

The draft LCCP can be viewed online by clicking here. Alternatively, to receive a copy of the draft LCCP by mail, please contact Robin Flynn at 650-344-9072 or at rflynn@stewardshipcouncil.org

The comments received will be reviewed by Stewardship Council staff and provided to the Watershed Planning Committee, a committee of the Stewardship Council’s Board of Directors. Following the completion of its review, the Watershed Planning Committee will forward the proposed LCCP, the comments received, and any proposed modifications to the Stewardship Council Board of Directors. The Stewardship Council will post the proposed LCCP and issue an e-mail notice to its stakeholder database approximately 30 days in advance of a public board meeting to consider the final approval of the LCCP. To be added to the stakeholder database to receive advance notice regarding the date and location of this board meeting, please contact Robin Flynn (see contact information above).

More information on the future dates and locations of board meetings, and information on the McArthur Swamp planning unit and other PG&E Watershed Lands, including maps, can be found online at: www.stewardshipcouncil.org.

For more information about the Land Conservation Planning process, please visit: http://lcp.stewardshipcouncil.org/.


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