Projects and Reports
Upper Clear Creek Erosion Inventory
September 2004, 14 MB, PDF
In the spring of 2003, the Western Shasta Conservation District, with funding from a U.S. Fish & Wildlife grant, completed the erosion inventory in the Upper Clear Creek Watershed. The objective of the inventory was to locate, identify and quantify sources of erosion contributing sediment to Upper Clear Creek.
Upper Clear Creek Sediment Budget Report
July 2004, 313 KB, PDF
Upper Clear Creek Watershed Fuel Inventory Report
January 2001, 2 MB, PDF
The goal of this inventory was to identify high fuel loading areas and collect data that could be used as a tool to develop a strategic fuels management plan for the Upper Clear Creek Watershed.
Upper Clear Creek Wildfire Defense / Fuels Management Plan
2001, 932 KB, PDF
This plan provides an analysis of the assets at risk in the Upper Clear Creek watershed in consideration of the topography and weather patterns that determine fire behavior. It also develops a priority list of recommendations to decrease the effects of a devastating wildfire, and includes a Shaded Fuelbreak Plan.
Project F.U.E.L.: Fuel Utilization Energy Logging
March 2005, 3.1 MB, PDF
In Project F.U.E.L., the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District created four shaded fuelbreaks using different methods of cutting, processing, removing and/or distributing excess woody debris (the fuel loading) that acts as a catalyst for catastrophic wildfires. This report identifies the costs and challenges associated with these processes, including the use of the woody debris as fuel for a wood-fired power plant where it was used to create electricity.
French Gulf Area Fuels Reduction and Management Plan
September 2003, 4 MB, PDF
The community of French Gulch and surrounding rural residential areas occupy about 800 acres between French Gulch and Big Gulch, with a population of about 650 people. The purpose of this plan is to identify and lay out a network for the construction of shaded fuelbreaks and ridgetop fuelbreaks and other community activities that can increase protection for those living in the French Gulch area.
French Fire Photos
The French Fire of August 2004 burned 13,323 acres and destroyed 27 houses, numerous outbuildings and vehicles in and around the town of French Gulch.
Upper Clear Creek East Fork Fuelbreak & Cline Gulch Fire Cleanup
WSRCD Project #32-8 A & B
The purpose of this agreement is for the Western Shasta RCD to clean up the dead vegetation, thin the remaining brush and promote small tree regeneration to reduce hazards from future wildland fire.
Upper Clear Creek French Gulch School Fuel Break
WSRCD Project #32-9
The objective of this agreement is Western Shasta RCD to construct a roadside shaded fuelbreak across the road from the French Gulch Elementary School, adjacent to a thickly forested area in the Upper Clear Creek Watershed.
Upper Clear Creek/ French Gulch Fuels Management Plan
WSRCD Project #32-7
The objective of this agreement is for the WSRCD to collect data, review surveys, consult with other agencies and conduct a literature review sufficient to produce a written Strategic Fuels Reduction Plan for the low elevation main corridor in the Upper Clear Creek Watershed.
Upper Clear Creek Fuels Project
WSRCD Project #32-5B
The purpose of the fuels management project is to reduce the potential for catastrophic fire in the watershed. Objectives include the following: Treat areas of high fire hazard; maintain habitat for fish and wildlife species, as well as provide protection to existing habitat from the threat of catastrophic fire ; provide protection to residents in the area (property and life); and reduce the likelihood of severe sedimentation which could result if a catastrophic fire were to occur.
Fuel Reduction Photos
Collection of photos of East Fork Road and other fuel reduction projects.
French Fire Burned Area Emergency Stabilization Plan
August 2004, 12 MB, PDF
The French Fire of August 2004 burned 13,323 acres and destroyed 27 houses, numerous outbuildings and vehicles in and around the town of French Gulch. This plan outlines post-fire mitigation measures for restoration of property and natural resources.
French Fire Burned Area Emergency Stabilization Plan - Maps
August 2004, 6 MB, PDF
Upper Clear Creek Erosion Project
WSRCD Project #32-5A
The purpose of the erosion project is to control erosion and sediment delivery into Clear Creek and its tributaries. Objectives include the following: Decrease sedimentation of streams by treating the highest priority sediment sources within the watershed on private land and benefit fish and wildlife species by improving water quality and aquatic habitats.
Erosion Control Photos
Collection of photos of erosion control efforts in the Upper Clear Creek watershed.
Upper Clear Creek Watershed Analysis
November 1998, 12 MB, PDF
This report examines the physical and ecological environments of the Upper Clear Creek watershed with the idea of providing a comprehensive understanding of the human, aquatic, riparian and terrestrial features of the entire ecosystem.
Interactive Map for Upper Clear Creek Watershed Assessment