PLUMAS COUNTY - The recently created Northern Pike Task Force advisory committee will discuss possible solutions to the northern pike infestation at Lake Davis at a public meeting scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, August 5 at Portola Station Baptist Church, 171 South Gulling St., in Portola. The task force was created in June by California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) after northern pike was re-discovered in Lake Davis, announced DFG Director Robert C. Hight, who will attending Thursday^s public meeting.
"This task force brings together a combination of scientists, local leaders and our own Fish and Game experts to develop long range plans for dealing with this persistent problem," said Hight. "Through the efforts of the Task Force, and input from the public, we believe that a proper course of action will be developed."
The committee has announced that at least three outside northern pike experts, an expert in dealing with exotic species and a local expert on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will be brought in to review the Lake Davis situation. At the meeting, the public will be asked to provide input in the form of questions and concerns for the panel of experts consider. The committee plans to return to a meeting in September with the panel^s responses to the questions.
The DFG Director announced he is committed to continuing current levels of trout planting in Lake Davis, and that a special truck load of Eagle Lake trout will be delivered to Lake Davis on Thursday. The Director has also advised the committee that funds have been made available to move forward with the analysis of invertebrate samples that have been collected at Lake Davis as a requirement of the Environmental Impact Report.
The Northern Pike Task Force, consists of representatives from DFG, Plumas County, the City of Portola, and the Save Lake Davis Coalition, among others.