Bioenergy Cluster Project
The Bioenergy Cluster Project is the proposed plan to create 3 small scale community based bioenergy facilities. The facilities would be less than 5MW in size and able to participate in renewable energy incentive programs. The project would sustainably harvest 90,000 bone dry tons of biomass per year from both public and private land. Over a twenty year period the project would restore over 14,000 acres.
The Crossroads Project is located in the northeastern portion of Shasta County near the town of Burney. The site is within the Shasta Trinity National Forest administered by the Lassen National Forest and adjacent to McArthur-Burney Falls State Park. Lake Britton is nestled between the seven planning units totaling approximately 2,825 acres. The project will complete property boundary surveys, develop and complete the effects analysis to support the required NEPA for a decision by the Lassen National Forest to implement the Crossroads project. This project will also develop and complete parallel documents to support completion of CEQA with the Fall River RCD as the lead agency
Forest Health refers to an umbrella of several projects focused on healthy forest management. Projects locations include:
Crossroads- Fuels Reduction
Manzanita Chutes- Fuels Reduction
Backbone- Fuels Reduction
NWGII- Fuels Reduction
Jackrabbit- Fuels Break
Tamarack West- Fuels Break
Tamarack Road- Fuels Break
Bald/Eiler Fire- Reforestation
California Climate Investment
The USFS and Pit RCD have identified multiple restoration opportunities on public and private lands to make increase forest resilience, accelerate reforestation of severely burned forests, and reduce the risk of future catastrophic fire impacts to both communities and natural resources. Forest thinning through the diameter class and other fuel treatments (e.g. mastication, prescribed fire) would be used to reduce forest biomass and surface fuels in order to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire. This reduction would help to protect tree-based carbon stocks, improve growth rates and carbon uptake of residual trees, and minimize greenhouse gas released in the instance of wildfire.