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Feather River Bulletin , Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 5A Frog fee promr00ts cancellation of annual run James Wilson Staff Writer ' jwilson@plu z > The Sierra Buttes Trail 7' (Stewardship announced it :'would not hold its fourth :. annual Lost Sierra Endurance Run, scheduled 'to take place in the Lakes -. Basin Recreation Area in September. In a Jan. 5 press release, SBTS explained the , cancellation of the popular . event is due to the ' nonprofit's inability to bear the $6,000-plus Forest Service fee to hold the event. For a five-year special use permit for the event, the Plumas National Forest's Beckwourth Ranger District required the SBTS to enter into a cost recovery process with a processing fee of $6,186.58. In prior years, SBTS said it paid a standard 5 percent fee after the event, averaging about $550 per year. The fee was based on the number of registered racers. The new fee would be tacked onto the existing fee and payment was required before the event. "(This year's fee) will be used for the District Wildlife Biologist to write a Biological Analysis and Evaluation and consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the event's effects on the endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog," the press release stated. Some of the fee would be used for reviewing and processing the permit as well, the press release added. Organizers report the event, going into its fourth year, has become a tourist draw to the county. Last year, 222 participants ran in the race. Nearly all were from out of the county. Most runners brought family or friends along with them, boosting the local economy, according to SBTS. The course used in the Lost Sierra Endurance Run covered 50 kilometers in the Lakes Basin area. As indicated on the event website, the course did not deviate from pre-existing Forest Service trails and public roads. According to Tara Stone, the stewardship's trail programs director, the event was popular and gaining momentum, but still hadn't made the stewardship any money. This led to the decision to cancel the event rather than pay a fee of more than $6,000. "With that fee, there's no way that we can do it," Stone told Feather Publishing. Deb Bumpus, Plumas National Forest's district ranger of the Beckwourth district, explained the raised fee was due to several factors that did not apply to the event in prior years. The district is waiting on a biological opinion from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog. A draft of the opinion from the national department has been public for some time, but the final draft has not yet been published. According to Bumpus, the final draft was supposed to have been finished by November 2014. "We keep hearing that it's coming any day now," said Bumpus. "Until we get it, we can't sign any NEPA decisions or permits without a biological analysis." In addition to the Lost Sierra Endurance Run, all the lodges in the Beckwourth District operate using special-use permits. Bumpus said none of the lodges will be affected, because the consultation process won't require them to reapply for a permit already in existence. "Conditions have changed in the species we are responsible for," said Bumpus. "With the yellow-legged frog now listed as endangered, there's additional administrative consultation needed. We prepared for the worst-case scenario, just in case." The ranger district calculated the $6,186.58 fee based on the projected employee costs to complete the study and process the fees. The district adjusted the price three times before it was finalized, said Bumpus. In accordance with district policy, any recreation event requiring more than 50 hours of personnel and administrative time requires a cost recovery agreement. Prior to 2015, work on the event was completed in less than 50 hours and was paid by the district. The new Endangered Species Act consultation requirements for the yellow-legged frog would increase the amount of time needed, said Bumpus. Since the contract would call for the stewardship to enter into a cost recovery process, funds not used on the study would be reimbursed to SBTS. The stewardship reported there was no time limit mentioned, and no guarantee that it would be allowed to hold the event, however. The stewardship viewed the prospect as too risky. "Due to the high cost of the recovery fee, SBTS's inability to bear the expense, and the possibility the report could be negative towards the production of the event, SBTS is forced to cancel the Lost Sierra Endurance Run," the press release stated. Regardless of the district's reasons for the fee, fans of the annual event voiced their disappointment over social media last week. "What happenedto 'pUblic' land? This is so disappointing for the runners and Graeagle who would benefit economically," Liana McGill wrote on the stewardship's Facebook page. Bumpus stated that if SBTS could wait a month or so, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may finish its official opinion, and the price for an environmental impact study could possibly go down. SBTS decided that without a guarantee that it could hold the event it would not go forward with planning. Q, from page 1A Family Game Night, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Quincy Elementary School cafeteria. $5 admission per family grouP. Choose from selection of dice, board games or bring your own. Presented by Parent Cooperative Organization; all money raised helps fund field trips, assemblies, more for students at Quincy Elementary. For information: Amber, 927-9589. Saturday: Quilting class, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Plumas Charter School. One-day beginner-level class presented by Mona Hill. $15 plus supplies; students must have sewing machine. Space is limited. For information, supply list, preregistration (required): Hill, 283-1736. Book signing, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Epilog Books at 373 W. Main St. John K. Probst signs copies of "A World Without End," fictional account of two fallen angels in their quest for salvation. For information: 283-2665. Monday: Nonviolent biodiversity demonstration, noon, Dame Shirley Plaza. Feather River College Student Environmental Association presents demonstration about interconnectedness of life in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Participants encouraged to dress as animals, bring signs. Open to public, held rain or shine. For information: Robert Johnson,, PDH, from page 1A finalized, they are expected to be better. It's hoped that the addition of swing beds, the arrival of new physicians this summer, and more surgeries will improve the hospital's bottom line. In the meantime, hospital leadership is relying on the generosity of the community to improve the hospital -- such as with the Adopt-A-Room program and the new digital mammography machine -- both of which have been well received. Upcoming events Bill Wickman announced that dates had been selected for the hospital foundation's two main fundraisers: Denim & Diamonds is scheduled for March 21 and Starry Mountain Nights is set for Aug. 22. The next board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5, at 4:30 p.m. if you' re not using High Sierra Gas, then you don't know "Jack" 65 East Sierra Ave, Poiola 530-831-1251 No delivery fees, statement fees, or hidden costs. No games or gimmicks. JUST GAS, AT A REASONABLE PRICE! Locally Owned & Operated with fresh spinach, dill cream cheese, green onion & smoked salmon... 00eJ2d0000' We have your hot beverage on these cold mornings! 283-3300 557 Lawrence Street Quincy 7-2 Every Day "Serving Darn Good Comfort Food Since 1976" J County, Forest Service collaborate on jobs program Debra Moore Staff Writer "This is a nonbinding MOU," County Counsel Craig Settlemire said. "It's more of a framework; it's a good start." Some of the details still to be determined include what entity would be the "employer of record." Thrall doesn't want that to be the county, but she does want the county to be involved in the hiring process so that local labor is selected. According to the document, the Plumas National Forest's goal is to "increase the pace and scale of fire restoration activities on national forest system lands from 2015 through 2019." The board approved the MOU with minor revisions as they occur. Forest Service personnel are enthusiastic about the An agreement between Plumas County and the U.S. Forest Service could provide 270 local jobs during the next few years. Supervisors Kevin Goss and Sherrie Thrall have been working with representatives of the U.S. Forest Service on a memorandum of understanding between the two organizations. The two supervisors presented a draft version of the document to their fellow board members Jan. 6 for approval. "We wanted to give you all a chance to see what we've been working on," Thrall said of the seven-page document. i John Probst "A World Wimout End" Saturday, January 17 1:30 - 3:30pm Loc00 od00o "Where the Hell is Quincy" "Johnny Mac" "Rude Awakening" and more! Wed-Fri 1 l:30am to 5:30pm Sat 12pm- 4pm (530) 283-BOOK(2665) 373 W. Main St., Quincy www.283book.corn Richard K. Stockton, CLU ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic. #0B68653 Providing Insurance & Financial Services 65 W. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0565 t Fax (530) 283-5143 Happy New Yead Whether you've got one, or 99, we wish you the drive and resolve to get to a better state'. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. CALL ME TODAY. WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE AStateFarm collaboration. "We've all put a great deal of time and thought into this joint project," said Genny Wilson, acting forest supervisor. "This is a great opportunity for training entry-level employees and developing new skills to work in the forest." She cited reforestation in burned areas, maintenance of forest roads and trails, and other projects as examples of some of the work that could be accomplished. "Our hope is that these jobs will introduce more local people to opportunities to work in the forests and in our communities," she said. She also acknowledged the work of Goss and Thrall to make this collaborative agreement a reality. Jan. 30 th & 31 st, 2015 *40.00 per person Pre-sale tickets only! Call Steve: 530-218-1828 or Bob: 530-836-2407 Or leave message at 530-832-5785 Advanced ticket sales only (No tickets at the door) Westwood area Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual 0 Tasting Kits $5 Applications can be picked up at Young's Market or the Old Mill Cafe or by calling 530-256-2456. Visit us on Facebook at Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce. i i