DFG to Hold Public Scoping Meetings on Proposed Trail at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve

Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, Interpretive Services, (916) 358-2353
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

Yellow-flowered meadow in front of green meadow, few trees and Mt. Lassen in the distance.
Table Mountain ER

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will host two meetings in Butte County to take public input on the future of North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. DFG staff will provide an overview of a proposed trail at this ecological reserve and then give the public an opportunity to express their interests and concerns about it. Current and prospective users of the Reserve are both welcome.

The public meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 at the Centennial Cultural Room, 1931 Arlin Rhine Memorial Drive in downtown Oroville and Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 East 8th Street in Chico.

This Reserve, which now has no trails, is managed by DFG for the protection of native plants and animals, and for public use and appreciation. It includes annual grasslands, vernal pools, creeks, waterfalls, rocky outcrops and cliffs, and is currently open daily to the public, but has no trails.

The proposed trail will first undergo various surveys and analyses under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), planned for 2012. Those will be followed by a Notice of Determination that is expected to go out for public review during late summer 2012. DFG does not plan to close access to other sections of the Reserve.

For more information please contact Bruce Foreman at (916) 358-2353 or bforman@dfg.ca.gov.