Proposed dam removal, wetland restoration in Lassen Volcanic NP trigger disagreement

MINERAL, Calif. – A large meadow, a small but cherished lake and historic facilities at Drakesbad Guest Ranch are slated for changes under a comprehensive plan proposed by Lassen Volcanic National Park officials.

Drakesbad Meadow, a 90- acre peat fen in the southern part of the park, would be restored to its naturally wet condition if the plan favored by Lassen Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz is adopted.

She and her crews also would remove a 1932 dam that created Dream Lake and allow that area to revert to a wetland complex.

At Drakesbad Guest Ranch, volleyball courts, generators and propane tanks would be moved into a new service center outside the Drakesbad Historic District.

All of the proposed changes are designed to protect and preserve the area's unique natural resources as well as the historical integrity of the visitor facilities built before Lassen Park was established in 1916, Koontz said.

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