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4B Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Foundation's grant benefits Lassen trail Twenty-five percent of the rock needed for the Reach the Peak project sits in the parking lot of the Lassen Peak trailhead, ready for use. Officials estimate the project will take five years. Photo courtesy Lassen Volcanic National Park A $25,000 grant from the Ben B. Cheney Foundation is helping Lassen Volcanic National Park "Reach the Peak" in its five-year effort to rehabilitate the Lassen Peak Trail. The grant was awarded to the Lassen Park Foundation in December in response to the foundation's campaign to raise $500,000 for the trail restoration project that will widen the 2.5-mile trail, reconstruct retaining walls, install drainage structures, create turnouts, add rest stations and viewpoints, and restore areas previously damaged by visitor foot traffic. "Contributions by indi- viduals, corporations and foundations, like the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, supple- ment the national park budget making improve- ments like this possible," said Lassen Park Foundation Executive Director Martha McCoy. "We're now halfway toward our goal, though just like the trail crews who are doing the backbreaking work of building switchbacks and rock staircases on Lassen Peak, we've got a ways to go until we reach our objective," she said. The Lassen Peak Trail is the most heavily traveled hike in Lassen Volcanic National Park. It leads to the i0,475-foot summit ofLassen Peak, the world's largest plug dome volcano. "Climbing to the top of an active volcano is an exciting adventure that can only be accomplished on a few lo- cations on earth," said Park Superintendent Darlene Koontz. "Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of them." Because of the hike's popularity, hikers wore down the trail over the years, lessening the experi- ence. The restoration will improve the experience and serve to better protect the resource. Contributions to the effort to restore the Lassen Peak Trail may be made online at lassenparkfoundation.org. Oregon officials track lone wolf via GPS Young male makes border crossing into Siskiyou Counl g far with many changes in direction. Several times he has reversed direction and returned to previous loca- tions. On Dec. 29, the Califor- nia Department of Fish and Game (DFG) learned that this wolf, designated OR7, crossed the state line into northern Siskiyou County. Tracking data puts his most recent location as a few miles south of the Oregon border. It is not possible to predict his next movements, which could include a return to Oregon. DFG continues to collabo- rate with ODFW and expects to receive daily location data. This information is transmitted daily when at- mospheric conditions permit. The gray wolf that was wandering in southern Oregon has crossed the Cali- fornia border. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) this animal is a 2-1/2-year-old male formerly from a pack in northeast Oregon. Since the animal has been collared with a global positioning system (C-'PS) device that periodically transmits its location, biolo- gists have been able to document its travels since it was collared in February 2011. Based on the GPS data, he is now more than 300 miles from where his journey began. His journey, in total, has been more than twice that DRASTIC REDUCTIONS on Rhythm Musical Clocks, NFL & NASCAR Gift Items CLOSE OUT SPECIALS! As the year comes to a close, and we look ahead to the New Year, we'd like to take this time to say thanks. We hope the New Year brings health and prosperity to each and every one of you. ww.flanigan/eavitt.com . fax: 866.781.3110 CA License 0E05639 NV Ucense 17793 RENO 6190 Mac Anne Ave. Suite I Reno, NV 89523 QUINCY SUSANVILLE P.O. Box 3556 608 Main Street 400 West Main Street Susanville, CA 96130 Quincy, CA 95971 530.257. 7291 530.283.1112 [e, xxmil:.zs DFG will be sharing only general location information as this wolf, while in Cali- fornia, is protected as en- dangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act. "Whether one is for it or against it, the entry of this lone wolf into California is a historic event and result of much work by the wildlife agencies in the West," said DFG Director Charlton H. Bonham. "If the gray wolf does establish a population in California, there will be much more work to do here." Any wild gray wolf that returns to California is pro- tected as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. DFG has been following the recovery and migration of gray wolves in western states with the expectation that at some point they will likely reach California. The last confirmed wild gray wolf in California was killed in Lassen County in 1924. The available historic informa- tion on wolves in California suggests that while they were widely distributed, they were not abundant. DFG has been compiling historic records and life history information, reviewing studies on wolf populations in other western states, enhancing communi- cation with other agencies and training biologists on field techniques specific to wolves. This effort is to ensure that DFG has all necessary information available when needed. It is not a wolf man- agement plan and DFG does not intend to reintroduce wolves into California. There are more than 1,600 wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains following a federal reintroduction effort that occurred in the mid- My daughter used to talk to me about what s going on with her and now she is very secretive talks on her cell and is on Facebook all the time. I " feel that I have the right to know what my daughter is doing and who her friends are, but she tells me that she has rights too. I don't want to lose my daughter, but I don't want to lose my parental right to keep her safe either. How do I handle this? Concerned Dad Call the Plumas/Sierra Crisis Line at 1-877-332-2754 or 283-4333 and they will refer you to the appropriate peopleto answer these important questions. I Crisis- Line  Resource I 283-4333 m..,, ..- Center _l 1-877-332o2754 or 283-5515 I A program of Plumas Crisis intervention " & Resource Center " First Responder Class The Beckwourth Fire Department will be hosting a medical First Responder Class starting on January 17th, 2012. The class will run two nights per week and last approximately 8 weeks. The course meets the new 60 hour instruction requirement and will include ICS (Incident Command System) I 100 and 1200, as well as American Heart Association CPR. Successful com- pletion of the class will be eligible to test for the Nor-Cal First Responder certificate. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call the Beckwourth Fire District @ 530-832-1008. 1990s. In 1999 a single wolf crossed into Oregon from Idaho, after nearly a 60-year absence in that state. There are now at least 24 wolves in Oregon in four reproducing packs. It has taken an addi- tional 12 years for the first wolf to now reach the Califor- nia border. This particular animal is exhibiting normal dispersal behavior for a young male and there is no way to predict whether he will stay in California, return to Oregon or travel east into Nevada. Eventually, DFG expects ' that other wolves will reich California. Whether this will lead to the establishment of packs or simply transient individual animals is un- known. Gray wolf recovery in other western states has been controversial, particularly regarding impacts on prey populations, livestock depre- dation andhuman safety. There have been instances where gray wolf predation has contributed to declines in deer and elk populations, however, in most cases, predation has had little effect. Some gray wolves have killed livestock -- mostly cattle and sheep -- while others rely entirely on wild prey. In other western states the impact of depredation on livestock has been small, less than predation by coyotes and mountain lions, although the effect on an individual livestock producer can be important, particularly when sheep are killed. Concerns about human safety are largely based on folklore and are unsub- stantiated in North America. In recent years there was one human mortality in Canada caused either by wolves or bears and one confirmed human mortality in Alaska by wolves. Based on experi- ence from states where sub- stantial wolf populations now exist, wolves pose little risk to humans. However, DFG recommends that people never approach a wolf, or otherwise tamper with or feed a wolf. More about how to avoid human-wildlife interactions can be found on DFG's website at dfg.ca.gov/ keepmewild. In the near future DFG expects to add information to its website to provide extensive information on wolves to the public. (888) 447-2679 ,, (530) 284-1112 Fax: (530) 284-1102 101 Pine St., Greenville Serving Plumas, Lassen, Sierra & Modoc Counties Two Local Technicians Copiers & Fax Machines Laser Printers New or Remanufactured S FROM SHARP MINDS COME SHARP PRODUCTS TM years experience with Social Security DISABILITY To send a legal" typesetting@plumasnews.com To send an advertisement: mail@plumasnews.com