From an article released yesterday talking about the priorities for Madera County (which contains North Fork).
“Seeing some major local projects to completion, like Oakhurst’s three new hotels, a planned new, mountain-area convention center and the proposed biomass plant in North Fork are also among the supervisor’s top priorities. He says the three new hotels should all be open in 2020; the developer, Gautam Patel, is still working on plans for the new convention center; and organizers of the biomass plant are “likely” to secure financing in 2020.”
Update on Calaveras-Amador Forestry Team fuel reduction efforts
According to Pat McGreevy, one of the Calaveras-Amador Forestry Team grant writers, a 410-acre treatment on BLM land in Lily Gap was completed this year. Fuels reduction on 217 acres in the South Fork Mokelumne River Watershed near Sandy Gulch, Glencoe and Rail Road Flat will be completed this year as well, including a 300-foot-wide fuel break stretching 1.5 miles from Highway 26 in Sandy Gulch across the SF Mokelumne River to Independence Road. By 2020, an additional 280 acres in Sandy Gulch and Glencoe will be treated, and by 2021, another 640 acres – including the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, BLM land off of Blizzard Mine Road and 22 private parcels in Glencoe – will be treated.
The team is writing grants to fund the future treatment of approximately 450 acres of BLM land in Bummerville and additional acreage inside the Butte Fire Footprint around Glencoe. Should those grants be awarded, treatment would start in 2022, McGreevy said.
The long-term plan is to manage all BLM land on the southern rim of the Mokelumne Canyon from Glencoe to Mokelumne Hill for fire protection and forest health.