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Camp Frenchman Creek History

Camp Frenchman Creek History

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Published by: CAP History Library on Sep 16, 2012
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DEFENSE ENVIRONR.lENTAIL RESTORATION PROGRAMFORhlEKLY IrSEI) DEFENSE SITESI.'RENCIihlAN CREEK
CAMP
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SITE SURVEY SUMMARY SHEETFORDEW-FUDS SITI5 NO. J09CAWl5700Frenchman Creek Camp
SITE
NAME(S1: Stead Air Force
Base
Survival Training Frenchman Creek Camp, also known
as
Stead AFB Srv Trg, Plumas County, California.LOCATION:Located in Plumas County, twnty miles southeast of Milfor~d,California. SeeFigure 1.
SITE
HISTORY: Prior
to
1940, Ihe United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Serviceacquired 5,402.24 acres by withdrawal from public domain
@
.d.). On 25 June 1952, 5,402.24p.d. acres were transferred from the Department of Agriculture, Forest Services to the AirForce
On
30
March 1966, 5,402.24 p.d. acres were retransferred
to
the Forest Service. Thesite was used by Stead Air Force
Base,
Nevada, as
a
Survival Training Site.There was nomention in the historical
files
of
any
site improvements.
!jITE
VISIT:
A
site visit was conducted on
1g4
July 1992 by
Mr.
Mark Melani and Mr. MarkVan Scyoc of Dynarnac Corporation.They imet Mr. William Snow, Cadastralist of the FS-Plumas National Forest Service. Mr. Snow provided 1987 aerial photos and 1986 United StatesDepartment of the Interior, Geological Survey Topographical maps for the subject site.The site is located within the bountkies of the: Plumas National Forest. Site usage is basicallyunchanged since it was retransferred to the Forest Service on 30 March 19615. The site survey
was
conducted by driving on private and public dirt roads
and
the gravel access road betweenFrenchman Lake and Laufman Access to several areas, including French Clove, was restrictedby locked gates. The survey team found no physical evidence of former DoD
use
at
the
site.
Mr. Chuck James, historian
and
archaeologist for the FS-Plumas National Forest was contacted.He stated that the only evidence
of
Don usage at the site cmsisted of parachutes which areperiodically reported by campers
and
hikers.Mr.
Joe
Bingham, a resident
of
Dixie Valley, near Frenchman Creek was interviewed. Hestated that he has not seen or heard of any evidence of past DoD usage.Mr. Jerry Sipe of the Plumas County Environmental Health Services was contacted regardingcontamination. He conducted
a
search of the records concerning USTs and hazardous waste atthe site. There was no evidence of USTs or potentially hazardous waste at the site.The State of California Hazardous Waste and1 Substances Site List (Cortese List), November
1990
was examined. No references concernin~g renchman Creek Camp were noted.
 
:
None Identified.
AVAILABLE
STUDIES
AND
REPORTS:
None available,
WOC::
Natalie Sterling, CESPK-ED-EB,
US
Army Corps of Engineers, SacramentoDistrict,
(916)
557-7227.

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