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4B Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter ! Miriam S. Cody Lunder presented examples of disaster on their lands and fit Staff Writer other collaborative efforts in them into the puzzle of parcels mcody@plumasnews.com California. He said currently that the council deems in need the fire safe council is focused of treatment. What do you do when the on getting more members of "Fire doesn't follow cost of preventing forest fire is the community, especially property boundaries," said higher than one organization private landowners, in on the Lunder. "It doesn't care about alone can manage? Mike De conversation about treating federal versus private lands. It Lasaux, chairman of the forest lands, goes where the fuels are." Plumas County Fire Safe "We're all a part of this While Lunder said the Council, believes the answer landscape," Lunder said. council has over 200 private lies in teamwork -- "What can we do to make land landowners allowing the collaboration, that is. management more effective in council to engage in treatment On Wednesday, Feb. 25, De these regions? How do we work on their properties, one Lasaux met with Greenville engage residents?" member of the public Fire Chief Jim Hamblin, Lunder envisions finding commented, "They don't trust Plumas National Forest better ways to use the timber you. I'm sorry." prescribed firemanager Ryan salvaged from the forest floor, Lunder said he seeks to Bauer, PNF Ecosystems Staff possibly by reviving an old educate people on what is Officer Nancy Francine and mill site or sending materials done to treat lands and how it others to discuss and pi'esent out to be processed -- which benefits them. to the public certain ideas to would boost the local protect Plumas forests and economy. Collaborative Forest communities from fire. Also: more forest treatment Landscape Restoration To get the funding needed projects getting funded means The CFLR Act was passed in for treatment, which consists more local jobs getting 2009, providing federal of clearing underbrush and created, funding to collaboratives often burning, more than one Lunder has a contracted nationwide with similar forest organization will need to work ' position working for the restoration goals. The CFLR together. The fire safe council council with all kinds of other Act only funds 10 projects per is calling this effort the groups to educate people. The year nationally, and only two "Collaborative Forest council specifically wants to per region per year. Landscape Restoration reach out to private Although there is up to $40 Initiative." landowners to help them million allocated each year, Council Coordinator Ntis reduce the potential for projects must be large scale and the organizations that are awarded funds must match the funds dollar for dollar. That is why, Lunder said, a collaboration of many agencies is needed to come up with the money. The CFLR Act has benefitted 23 forests across the United States, including four projects locally. These are the Lakeview Stewardship landscape, Burney Gardens, Dinky Landscape Restoration Project and Amador/Calaveras restoration. Forestry online Rachael Norton, Plumas County Fire Safe Council outreach coordinator, created a website to use as a platform for communications about the collaborative. Check out plumascollaborative.org to sign up for the email list -- or even to identify an unsafe forest area. The website is designed so users can locate a potential fire hazard area in the forest or on private land, and then bring it to the awareness of the council. This can be done League of Women Voters celebrates anniversaries The League of Women years ago, in 1965; the Voting communities affected by the Voters of Plumas County Rights Act was passed by election and give candidates reports 2015 marks several Congress, ensuring the right the opportunity to define their important anniversaries for to vote for all citizens. Then, positions, face their opponents voters and especially for in 1971, 18-year-aids became and answer questions from women voters. Ninety-five eligible to votes, the audience. years ago, in 1920, the League Locally, 2015 marks the 25th The league does not endorse of Women Voters was year that the League of any candidates. One public founded. The initial mission Women Voters of Plumas forum provides nonpartisan of the league was to educate County has been an active information of the impact of and empower the women of force in the community. Inballot propositions. Partners the United States who had just those 25 years, the local for forums have included gained the right to vote with league's election forums have Feather River College. the passage of the 19th become an integral part ofCreating an active and amendment. Since then the voter education in Plumas informed electorate is central League has opened County, said organizers. The to the mission of the League of membership to men. Fifty forums are held in all Women Voters. The annual essay contest reaches out to the next generation of voters. Young adults of high school age are asked to research a controversial topic and to write an essay taking a position on that topic. The local league meets the fourth Wednesday at the Quincy library meeting room. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. with a guest speaker. The public is encouraged to attend. Anyone interested in joining the League of Women Voters can call Kathy Price at 283-1195. Don't wait until the last minute! INDIVIDUAL * BUSINESS NON-PROFIT ELECTRONIC FILING TRUSTS M,,9, Ca,.d c.P,4 feathef:,=: financial m ._ I ,, I, Tax and Insurance Services Lori Morrell Lomas, E.A. CA Ins. License #OBO6912 Curtis C. Lomas CTEC #A 160713 20 A Crescent St., Quincy, CA taxandinsurance@aol.com S ~' (.530) 832-5970 Kathi 13uflon & Associates Kathi Burton Owne-r Bookkeeping Services Secretarial & Billing Services Payroll Tax Preparation Income Tax Preparation FREE E-FILE with Tax Preparation 81 East Sierra Highway P.O. Box 2137 Portola, CA 96122 Bookkeeping & Tax. 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Norton said she is always happy to meet with members of the public and show them how to use the map. The "resources" tab on the website will lead you to a forum for conversation about forest management. USFS pitches in Francine and Bauer expressed their support of the collaborative. Francine said, "This kind of work is .not just professional, it's also personal," describing how she sought out her job in Plumas County specifically because she loved to vacation here. She cited an experience of wildfire coming within 1,000 feet of her home. Francine said bids for the treatment work that needs to be done sometimes come in at $1,500 to $2,000 per acre, nearly the cost of buying the land! However, she said, that price tag is a lot cheaper than putting out actual fires. Bauer, who spent most of his career with USFS in the field of fire suppression, said he wants to focus more on prevention now. "From my perspective, all the components are there right now. All the pieces are in place. All we need is a collaborative effort," he said. He said about 60 percent of the Plumas National Forest landscape needs to be treated to reduce wildfire risk effectively. Once treated, an area is expected to be relatively safe from fire for about 15 years. The collaborative will also look for ways to extend that timeframe and educate parties responsible on how to maintain land. There is another meeting of the collaborative tonight in Chester at the Veterans Memorial I:Iall from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit plumascollaborative.org or plumasfiresafe.org. Meetings to address critical conditions in Sierra Nevada The Sierra Nevada Region is the source of more than 60 percent of the state's water supply. It provides drinking water for 23 million people and irrigation water to the nation's most fertile agricultural land. Climate change, catastrophic forest fires and ongoing drought are placing this important region at risk. The impacts to forests, habitat, agriculture, public health, energy and safety are far reaching. On March 4, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, in partnership with the United States Forest Service, will launch the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program in a half-day summit called "Save California: The Urgency to Restore Our Primary Watershed." The agenda includes a stakeholder discussion to craft solutions that will restore the forests and watersheds of the Sierra Nevada and make them more resilient to changing climate stressors. The summit's outcome will highlight multiagency consensus on the strategies that will comprise the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program. The summit is set for today, Wednesday, March 4, from"l to 4:30 p.m., in Sacramento. It will be held in the East End Complex across from the state Capitol and Department of Health Care Services at 1500 Capitol Ave. Presenters and discussion participants include the following: ----Jim Branham, executive officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy. --Randy Moore, regional forester for the Pacific Southwest Regi6n of the U.S. Forest Service. --Barnie Gyant, deputy regional forester for natural resources for the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service. --Hugh Safford, Ph.D., Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service. --Leland Tarnay, Ph.D., interagency smoke ecologist, Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service and Yosemite National Park. --David Edelson, Sierra Nevada project director, The Nature Conservancy. --California Natural Resources Agency. --California Air Resources Board. --California Forestry Association. --Sierra Business Council. --Association of California Water Agencies. --The Sierra Fund. --California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. --California Department of Fish and Wildlife. --Department of Conservation. --California Environmental Protection Agency. ----California Department of Water Resources. Images will be shown of forest devastation, wildfires, dried meadows, before and after shots of the Sierra Nevada and more. About the Watershed Improvement Program The Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program is a coordinated, integrated, collaborative program to restore the health and resiliency of California's primary watershed through increased investment and needed policy changes. The WIP builds upon the broad consensus that more must be done to restore Sierra Nevada forests and watersheds. The pace and scale of science-based ecological restoration needs to dramatically increase in order to stem the tide of large, uncharacteristic wildfires and further degradation of these ecosystems. This comprehensive effort is being organized and coordinated by the state's Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the federal United States Forest Service, in close partnership with additional federal, state and local agencies, and diverse stakeholders. For more information about the WIP visit sierranevada.ca.gov/wip. About the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Created in 2004, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy is a state agency whose mission is to improve the environmental, economic and social well- being of the Sierra Nevada Region. The SNC has awarded over $50 million in grants for projects to protect and enhance the health of California's primary watersheds by improving forest health, remediating mercury contamination from abandoned mines, protecting critical natural resources and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Funding for these projects came from Proposition 84 passed by voters in 2006. The Sierra Nevada Region spans 25 million acres, encompasses all or part of 22 counties and runs from the Oregon border in the north to Kern County in the south. The region is the origin of more than 60 percent of California's developed water supply. Additional information can be found at sierranevada.ca.gov. About the Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. Forest Service Nearly half of the total 100 million acres in California is managed by the federal government. The Pacific Southwest Region manages 21 million acres of national forest land in California and assists state and private forest landowners in California, Hawaii and U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands Eighteen national forests are located in this region: in the North Coast, Cascade and Sierra Nevada ranges and from Big Sur to the Mexican border in the South Coast range. Randy Moore has served as Pacific Southwest regional forester since October 2007. The Pacific Southwest Region is commonly referred to as Region 5 (R5).