River acres added to Tahoe National Forest | SierraSun.com

River acres added to Tahoe National Forest

TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST ” A major logging firm has sold almost 1,200 acres of prime Middle Yuba River frontage land along the Nevada County line for nearly $2 million ” and the property has been donated to the Tahoe National Forest for recreation and species protection.

Using federal grant funds, the Trust for Public Land acquired the 548-acre Macklin property between Sierra City and Bowman Lake from Sierra Pacific Industries for $825,000, according to forest spokeswoman Ann Westling. The land is along the river on the northern boundary of Nevada County.

The trust also bought the 637-acre Milton property north of Jackson Meadow Reservoir in Sierra County ” about one mile from the river ” for $1.05 million. Both plots were then deeded over to the forest.

Unlike the Plumas and Lassen National forests north of here that have wide expanses of contiguous public land, Tahoe National Forest is a checkerboard of private and public parcels that make wildland management difficult, said trust spokeswoman Trish Strickland.

“We’re trying to mitigate impacts of private ownership and get consistent management in large areas to manage species, provide recreation, protect watersheds and avert catastrophic wildfire,” Strickland said from her Bay Area office.

“We are thrilled that our work with Sierra Pacific Industries to permanently protect land in the Yuba River corridor has commenced with these parcels, each of which contain important tributaries to the Middle Yuba,” said trust Director David Sutton.

The Macklin property includes Macklin Creek, and Milton Creek runs through the Milton property.

Telephone calls to Sierra Pacific Industries spokesman Mark Pawlicki were not returned.

The forest also received 94 acres recently on the North Fork of the American River in Placer County.

The land was sold for $100,000 by the Siller Brothers logging firm to the American River Conservancy using funds from the United Auburn Indian Community and a private donor. The conservancy then deeded the land to Tahoe National Forest.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call 477-4237.

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