QUINCY, California (STPNS) --     Nature recreation in eastern Plumas County is the focus of a new, strikingly photographic brochure produced by the California Department of Fish and Game.

    This less known, uncongested area is one of the richest and most diverse natural areas of the Sierra.

    Anchored by Lake Davis, Sierra Valley and the Middle Fork Feather River, this area (15 sites listed) boasts over 100 kinds of birds, from cranes, pelicans, osprey and eagles to loon, yellow-headed blackbirds and ibis. Mammals include antelope, marmots and black bear.



    The brochure also highlights excellent trout fishing and wildflower areas, fall foliage drives and bicycling loops, paddling adventures on slow, scenic waters and snow sports.

    Diverse lodging, Plumas National Forest and Plumas-Eureka State Park campgrounds, as well as trails and boat launches, make for an easy getaway to the greater Portola area, gateway to this hidden region of the Sierra.

    The brochure also points out other local attractions such as the Western Pacific Railroad Museum, championship golf courses, horseback riding stables and the Williams House Museum, along with a calendar of events which features fishing derbies and art shows, to Railroad Days and sled dog races.

    The brochure coincides with a Lake Davis treatment planned for September to eradicate northern pike, an invasive predator that threatens the Feather-Sacramento river system.

    Nearby lakes will be stocked heavily with trout during this summer, and the DFG will begin stocking trout in Lake Davis spring 2008.

    To receive a brochure, call the Portola Visitor Center at 832-0671, visit portolavisitorcenter.com, call the Plumas County Visitors Bureau at (800) 326-2247, call the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce at (800) 955-6057, or log on to the DFG Web site at dfg.ca.gov/northernpike/docs/plumas-recreation.pdf.