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Property rights group presents its own land-use plan to county

A new organization devoted to preserving property rights was slated to present its own proposed general plan update to Plumas County supervisors on Sept. 10. The battles over the county's general plan are seen as ground zero in the struggle over resources in the Sierra Nevada range.

QUINCY, Calif. — A new organization devoted to preserving private property rights was slated to present its own version of an updated general plan to Plumas County supervisors on Sept. 10.

Representatives from Rural Advocates called for a plan that protects private property and water rights and supports agriculture, noting that the county’s population has declined over the last 10 years because of lumber mill closures but that the land is still 94 percent open space.

The group was expected to present more than 300 signed petitions asking the Board of Supervisors to consider the plan.

The presentation comes as Plumas County has spent nearly a year working on its general plan update, which is required periodically under California law. The region is seen as ground zero in the ongoing battles over natural resources in the Sierra Nevada range, as the Feather River watershed is the range’s largest and contributes to the water supply of over 25 million Californians.

Some ranchers in the county asserted earlier this year that the county’s proposal closely mirrors Agenda 21, a United Nations land-use document that’s drawn fire from some landowners and activists in the West who fear it’s behind a planned depopulation of rural areas.

Environmental groups have argued the county’s plan doesn’t do enough to protect resources.



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