Senator Dianne Feinstein has reintroduced S. 138, the California desert Protection Act 2011. Proposes to protect as Wild and Scenic Rivers 20 miles of Deep Creek and 14.5 miles of Holcomb Creek a major tributary to Deep Creek. They are both on public lands in the San Bernardino national Forest.

When passed as Wild and Scenic River, Deep Creek and Holcomb Creek will be managed by the US Forest Service to protect and enhance its flow, fishery, and scenic beauty, recreation, cultural, and wildlife values. Existing roads will remain open to the public. Deep Creek can go on being a great wild trout fishery for many more to enjoy after us.

I suggest if you want more information and a map go to ( under press releases, under recent headline view more headlines in red, then scroll down to 01/25/11 and look for map on the right column.

Senator Feinstein’s desert bill is the third bill introduced this congress that has some affect on Southern California fisheries. Rep. David Dreier has introduced The Angeles and San Bernardino National Forest Protection Act, to protect about 18,000 acres of wilderness additions in the San Gabriel Mountains and complete Forest Service studies of four potential Wild and Scenic Rivers (including the forks of the San Gabriel River San Antonio Creek, Middle Fork of Lytle Creek,) Rep Darrell Issa has introduced the Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia Wilderness Act, to add 21,000 acres to these wild places in North San Diego County.

Bill Reeves