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PG&E to manage some Tahoe National Forest campgrounds

Sierra Sun staff reports

As our budgets have tightened, we needed to look for ways to provide maintenance to sites where we do not have sufficient funds, said Jean Masquelier, the Yuba River District Ranger. Some of the campgrounds north of Lake Spaulding were not being maintained adequately and the surrounding lake sides were becoming impacted from heavy use.Several campgrounds north of Lake Spaulding on the Yuba River District and south of Jackson Meadow Road on the Sierraville District will be operated by the energy company, and fees have been established for their use.To cover maintenance costs, PG&E made the decision to charge fees for the use of the campgrounds at Rucker Lake, Carr-Feeley Lakes, Lower Lindsey Lake, and Fuller Lake Day Use Area and Boat Ramp on the Yuba River District and White Rock and Meadow Lakes on the Sierraville District. The fees will range from $5 to $10 per day and will begin for most of the sites this spring. Fees were initiated for Meadow Lake last year.Its not unusual for water agencies or utility companies to assume the maintenance of lake or reservoir facilities created by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and within national forests, Masquelier said. Although many of the developed sites are located within the national forest, license holders are responsible for providing recreation opportunities within their license boundariesSome of the other areas within the Forest that are managed or funded by water agencies include: Bullards Bar Reservoir by Yuba County Water Agency; French Meadows Reservoir by Placer County Water Agency; and Bowman Lake, Jackson Meadows, Faucherie, Jackson Creek and Canyon Creek by Nevada Irrigation District. All four of the agencies within the Tahoe National Forest have been extremely active and supportive in this role over the years, said Sam Wilbanks, Sierraville District ranger. We consider these agencies among our strongest partners in providing recreation opportunities to the public.