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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 SA Study looks at potential for biomass Finding more economical- ly feasible and beneficial us- es for woody debris, or biD- mass, from forest projects is the goal of an agreement be- tween the Plumas National Forest and the Sierra Insti- tute for Community and En- vironment. Their cooperative agree- ment is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was passed by Con- gress to create new jobs and save existing ones, spur eco- nomic activity and invest in long-term growth, and foster accountability and trans- parency in government spending. The public is invited to a workshop to learn more about this study and poten- tial value-added market-de- velopment strategies Feb. 21 in the Greenville Town Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. The term biomass is used to describe small-diameter trees not generally consid- ered to have value, tree limbs, tops and woody de- bris from forest projects. Rather than leaving the biomass behind for burning, which would add to air-qual - ity concerns, much of it can be recovered and utilized for a variety of value-added uses including renewable energy, according to Jonathan Kusel, executive director of the Sierra Institute. "Biomass has become in- creasingly important statewide and in Plumas County," Kusel sid. "By identifying issues that stymie biomass removal, we can address barriers that when lifted, can Pave the way to more utilization op- portunities and possibly more jobs." Kusel hired TSS Consul- tants, a Rancho Cordova- based firm for renewable en- ergy, natural resource man- agement and financial con- sulting, tO assess a range of alternatives for biomass uti- lization generated within the upper Feather River wa- tershed. Together, institute and forest personnel are work- ing on a multi-year project to link hazardous fuels re- duction, job creation and healthy forests through the expanded recovery and use of biomass in this upper Feather River watershed re- gion. The project includes a technical analysis of poten: tial biomass supply in rela- tion to current markets, for-' est transportation system assessment, innovative transport field trials, identi- fication of policy and other barriers to cost-effective biD- mass utilization and com- munication with other local and regional groups consid- ering biomass utilization as a solution. Consultants at TSS are currently analyzing market informatiun and supply as well as transportation tech- niques to cost effectively move low-value forest biD- mass to value-added mar- kets in the region. Their assessment will con- firm and quantify existing local and regional markets, both commercial and niche, for sub-merchantable logs and woody biomass through a variety of methods. The feasibility study should be complete by mid- February. "There is an urgent need to bring these stands back into a healthy condition," TSS field manager Bill Wick- man said. Proper biomass treatment will be a proactive way to, address both forest and wa- tershed health, he added. In addition, Kusel and oth- er institute personnel are communicating with a vari- ety of organizations in Cali- fornia that support sustain- able job creation in econom- ically distressed areas. Organizations such as the University of California Co- operative Extensiofl, Sierra Business Council and Plumas Corporation have worked previously to ad- vance biomass utilization in the area. "We hope to complement their work with these prO- jects," Kusel said. "The For- est Service has also been proactive with promoting value-added biomass utiliza- tion projects, so we're in a good position here in Plumas County to achieve our goals." For project-related docu- ments, reports and status updates, go to sierrainsti- tute.us or call 284-1022. Other sources of information OBITUARY Sharon Lee Horton (March 16, 1940 - Jan. 3, 2012) Longtime Meadow Valley resident Sharon Lee Horton passed from this life into eternal life with the Lord at Plumas District Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Born in Antioch March 16, 1940, to Cleon and Ralph Burnham, Sharon grew up in Pittsburg, Calif. Sharon met the love of her life, Herschel Horton, and they were wed in Gard- nerville, Nev., Nov. 4, 1955. To this union two sons and two daughters were born. In 1964 Sharon and Her- schel moved to Meadow Val- ley. Sharon had been a lov- ing mother and homemaker until her children were in school and then she worked at Greenhorn Ranch, Bucks Lake Lodge and Wonderland Bakery. She had also bar- tended at Plumas Club in Quincy. Sharon loved going fish- ing and camping and play- ing cards. Gambling was a fun challenge for her, and she had her daily routine of visiting with her friends at Plumies. Sharon passionate- ly loved animals, and her "puppies" Tisha and Rambo, and cat BooBoo, will miss her tender loving care. In passing Sharon leaves her husband of 56 years, Herschel Horton; son Ron Horton and wife Stephanie, of Quincy; son Greg Horton and wife Becky, of Soldotna, Alaska; daughter Diane Go-, ni, of Meadow Valley; daughter Kim Sutton and husband Bob, of Modesto; brother Clifford Burnham, of Seattle, Wash.; nine grandchildren; one great- grandson; and many nieces, nephews and extended fami- ly. Along with her parents she is preceded in .death by her brother C. James Burn- ham. Graveside services will be held at Meadow Valley Cemetery Saturday, Jan. 7, at noon. Time for food and fellow- ship will follow at Meadow Valley Community Church. In lieu of flowers the fami- ly requests any donations in Sharon's name be made to High Sierra Animal Rescue in Portola. ,An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. include TSS consultant Bill Wickman at 283-0973, and Plumas National Forest Ecosystems Staff Officer Nancy Francine at 283-7754. Biomass utilization has been identified as a way to proactively treat hazardous fuels and degraded habitats. bringing jobs back to rural areas at the same time. The public is invited to learn more Feb. 21 in Greenville. 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