Modoc National Forest to Dedicate New Interpretive Sites
The Highway 139 Auto Tour Route and the Howard’s Gulch Interpretive Site will be dedicated at a ceremony at the Modoc National Forest Supervisors Office in Alturas on Friday November 18th at 2 p.m. Following the ceremony interested participants can join a group that will drive to the interpretive sites about 5 miles northwest of Canby.
At each site special interpretive signs called tactile bas-relief sculptures were designed to make information accessible to individuals of varying abilities. The interpretive sites offer many opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Numerous partners helped make this project possible including the: Modoc National Forest Resource Advisory Committee, Alturas Chamber of Commerce, California Department of Fish and Game, Modoc County Economic Vitality Group, The River Center, Modoc County Early Headstart, Modoc County Special Quest, Far Northern Regional Center, Rowell Family Empowerment Center, Boy Scouts of America, the Klamath Bird Observatory, North Cal Neva Resource Conservation and Development Council, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
The Highway 139 Auto Tour Route illustrates the various phases of restoration work in the Howard’s Gulch area including stream bank stabilization and juniper removal to enhance aspen, oak and sage steppe habitats. Four stops on the tour provide opportunities for school groups, recreationists, and forest professionals to learn about the area using fully accessible interpretative panels
The second recreational site is located at Howard’s Gulch Campground and is site 15 on the Basin and Range Birding Trail which traverses portions of northern California and Southern Oregon. Panels at the campground provide information on the Basin and Range Birding Trail and the habitat needs of birds.
Please join the Modoc National Forest and its partners in celebrating this valuable project.