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Forest Service acquires hundreds of acres in
Trinity County 
Redding Record Searchlight by Ryan Sabalow, 11/21/09
The 2.1 million-acre Shasta-Trinity National Forest has
gained 336 acres.
Acquisitions of the acreage in Trinity County near Hyampom and
Forest Glen came from a land swap and a cash purchase, forest
spokesman Ray Mooney said Friday.
The U.S. Forest Service purchased 160 acres "of pristine coho
salmon habitat" on the South Fork of the Trinity River eight miles
north of Forest Glen near Highway 36 from the Western Rivers
Conservancy for $370,000, Mooney said.
The funds were part of the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation
Act, or FLTFA.
The act, also referred to as the "Baca Act," was passed by
Congress and signed into law in 2000. The FLTFA directs revenues
generated from sale or disposal of public lands to an acquisition
The account can be used by the Bureau of Land Management, the
Forest Service, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service to purchase lands located within federally
designated areas from willing sellers.
Before the Forest Service took over, the conservancy tore down
five structures and a well.
The other acquisition was of two parcels known as the French Ranch
and Cold Creek tracts also on the South Fork of the river but
closer to Hyampom.
Mooney said the Forest Service acquired the 176 acres of salmon
and steelhead habitat for 140 acres near Weaverville with Stephen
Hagen, president of Hagen & Sons Timber Co. Inc.
The logging company bought the land in 1999 and used helicopters
to log the property, which is surrounded on all sides by Forest
Hagen plans to build a home on the land near Weaverville, which he
described in a statement as "the nicest property in the
Mooney said the Forest Service will often attempt to acquire
private property that might be surrounded by federal lands to
protect habitat and for public use.
Tuesday November 24, 2009 02:11 AM Pacific
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