Reservoir areas closed to safeguard eagles' nest

Published: Saturday, Apr. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B

Plumas National Forest officials on Friday closed public access to areas surrounding Little Grass Valley Reservoir to protect a bald eagle nest.

The temporary closure is designed to help a pair of bald eagles successfully nest and raise chicks.

"Bald eagles are particularly sensitive to disturbances during their nesting phase," said Lee Anne Schramel Taylor, a Plumas Forest spokeswoman.

The closure, which will be in effect until July 15, includes the north loops of the Wyandotte Campground on the southern section of the reservoir 50 miles northeast of Oroville.

The bald eagle was removed from the federal Endangered Species Act, but remains protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

For more information, contact Cindy Roberts at the Feather River Ranger District, (530) 532-7467.

– Jane Braxton Little

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