Sierra Institute is excited to support the creation of a Water Trails Map for the Almanor Basin!
On April 14th, the Board of Supervisors voted to approve a contract with the Plumas County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to facilitate the creation of a Water Trails Map for the Almanor Basin. What is a water trail? It is a map used to enhance the experience of non-motarized water users such as kayakers, canoers and standup paddle-boarders. The map will include information on public boat docks, marinas, outfitters, campgrounds and other amenities that are useful for non-motorized water travel, with initial focus on Lake Almanor, Butt Lake and Mountain Meadows Reservoir. For an example of what the map will look like, check out the Water Trail for Lake Tahoe.
Sierra Nevada Conservancy initially contacted the Caribou Alliance for Trails (CAT) about this opportunity. CAT is a collaborative group of volunteers representing members from Almanor Parks and Recreation District, Westwood Recreation and Parks Association, Lake Almanor Watershed Group, Sierra Institute for Community and Environment and local business owners. Volunteers from CAT have been active in moving this project forward since early November 2014.
Courtney Gomola will be contracted by the Flood Control District to work on gathering, organizing and designing information for the map. Project volunteers Charlie Plopper, and Peggy Fulder continue to be major supporters and contributors to the map.
For more information please contact Courtney Gomola. Stay tuned for information about public meetings and progress on the map!