Big changes at Lassen Park

Warner Valley to get a makeover

Major changes are in store for the Warner Valley in the southern part of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park has just released the final environmental-impact statement for the valley’s comprehensive site plan, following years of research and preparation.

The goal is to restore the Warner Valley’s unusual fen and wetland complex and to protect and maintain its archaeological and historical sites, such as the historic Drakesbad Guest Ranch, said park Superintendent Darlene Koontz in a press release.

The plan is to restore wetlands by filling ditches in Drakesbad Meadow and removing the dam at Dream Lake, a popular fishing site, and allowing the area to revert to a riparian/wetland complex. The alternative also calls for creation of a concession service center and housing area in the Drakesbad area.

The document can be viewed on the park’s website,