On July 18, 2013 we received the two 4ft x 4 ft interpretive panels that will be installed soon at Mineral Bar (Iowa Hill Bridge) and at the staging area at Oxbow Powerhouse on the North Fork and Middle Fork of the American River respectively. Both the North Fork American River above Mineral Bar and the Rubicon River above the Ralston Powerhouse are designed at “Wild Trout Streams” by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife!
This designation has not been well understood, which is why UARF teamed up with the local Sac-Sierra Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Auburn State Recreation Area, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to prepare these beautiful panels.
Bill Carnazzo, Charter Member and Past President of the Upper American River Foundation, passed away on Jan. 15, 2013 at the age of 71, so Bill is honored on these panels posthumously for his efforts over the years to help enhance and protect the fisheries of the Upper American River Watersheds.
The North Fork of the American River above Mineral Bar has also been designated as a national “Wild and Scenic River”. This designation brings with it special management requirements for both USFS and BLM natural resource managers.