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lOB Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Eight decades of monitoring demonstrates forest change Long-term changes to forests affect biodiversity and how future fires burn. A team of scientists led by • Research Ecologist Dr. Eric Knapp, from the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station, found dramatic differences in forests today compared to historic conditions prior to logging and fire suppression. The team conducted their research in the Forest Service's Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest on the Stanislaus National Forest in the central Sierra Nevada, remeasuring three large historical plots originally established in 1929 to evaluate the effects of different logging methods. Trees were counted and their diameters measured across entire plots and in neighboring unlogged areas with the same fire history. Understory vegetation (tree seedlings, shrubs and leafy plants) was quantified to determine changes over a 79-year period. They also collected fire scar samples from nearby stumps and dead trees to pinpoint dates of previous forest fires. As in many forested areas in the western U.S., fire is much less frequent than it once was. Results showed that the study area had not burned since 1889, Prior to 1889, the forest burned on average every six years. The forest currently contains 2.4 times more trees than it did in 1929 -- mostly in the small and intermediate size classes. The excess density was nearly identical in the plots logged in 1929 and plots without a history of logging, suggesting that over the long term other factors, including fire suppression, may be exerting more influence than past logging • on forest density and the current susceptibility to uncharacteristically severe fire. Historical logging removed Events Around Plumas County Greenville: Dinner/game night, 5:30 - 8 p.m., Greenville Community' United Methodist Church. Indian Valley Academy Class of 2017 hosts event to raise money for senior class trip. Dinner, served 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., includes potato bar with fixings, salad, beverages, dessert. Traditional games, opportunity to challeng Silent Knights chess teant follow. $9 adults, $5 childre n 12 and under (extra donations for chess matches). Quincy: "Entrepreneurial Aspects of the Montgomery Bus Boycott," 7 9 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Free presentation by Charlie Hardy kicks off Black History Month. Part of Arts & Entrepreneurship Speaker Series• Chester: Fish fry, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 194 Main St. $8/person. Graeagle: Live music at The Grille, 5:30 - 9p.m., Chalet View Lodge. Featuring Andrew Ohren, guitarist• Dinner menu available. For information, reservations (recommended): Bob Hickman, 832-5528, mthomseme@yahoo.com. Quincy: Farmer informational meeting, 5:30 p.m., Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative Learning and Resource Center across the street from QNF. Local farmers who would like their farm, produce featured in the co-op invited. For information: Presley Sundberg, 283-3528. Chester: Enchilada pickup, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Chester Memorial Hall. Presented by Feather River Blue Star Morns. Preordered enchiladas $10 for six, proceeds benefit Homes for Our Veterans organization. Fundraising bake sale also available• To order (by Jan. 29), for information: Ann Cordero, 596-4785. Lake Davis: Annual Ice Fishing Tournament, check in 7 - 9 a.m. at J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort. Fishing begins 8 a.m., weigh-in ends 3 p.m. John Pato Sr. presents fundraiser for nonprofit American Cancer Society. Entry fee $20. Registration forms available at 420incfishing.com, KS Market in Portola, Mill Works in Graeagle, J&J Grizzly Store at Lake Davis. Giveaway drawing prizes; trophies, cash prizes for first- third place• Dress warmly. Quincy: Bimonthly Pancake Breakfast, 7 - 10:30 a.m., Masonic Hall at 70 Harbison St. Menu: scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate, all-you-can-eat pancakes. $6 adults, $3 children under 12, $5 students with ID. Proceeds go to scholarship fund, other fraternal purposes• Second annual Groundhog Fever Fest, 1 - 5 p.m., in front of courthouse. Presented by Quincy Revival Committee. Chili cook-off offers prizes for people's choice, judges' choice; $30 to enter. Chuck Wood makes weather prediction at 3 p.m. Children's area, vendor booths, mustache (and faux-stache) contest, live music, bachelor auction, obstacle course, ice sculptor, more. For information: groundhogfeverfest.com; James Wilson, 510-230-9442. Barbecue hoagie sandwich lunch, 2 p.m., Feather River Grange 440 at 55 Main St. $6. All proceeds support Grange efforts to restore building as community meeting center. Freedom Concert, 6:30 p.m., Quincy Elementary School. Featuring composer, pianist Sylvia Wood. Suggested donation $7/adult, $5/kid, $10/family. Young musicians donate proceeds to organization providing business opportunities to help women in India escape prostitution, Lassen Volcanic National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe walks, meet 1 p.m. outside Loomis Ranger Station on plaza in Manzanita Lake area. Weather permitting. 1- to 2-mile adventure explores winter ecology, Lassen's geologic history. Dress in layers, carry food, drinking water. Limited number of snowshoes available for $1 donation. Quincy: Resume Building, 10 a.m. - noon, Business and Career Network office in Courthouse Annex at 270 County Hospital Road. Free workshop presented by Alliance for Workforce Development. Movie and discussion, 5:30 p.m., Alley Cat Caf. Transition Quincy presents "The Story of Stuff," which explores the way we make, use, throw away stuff• Greenville: Flu vaccination clinic, 10 ' 'U I a.m.-noon, Public m^h K I Health Clinic at 120 rmu-- I Bidwell. For information, appointments: Plumas County Public Health Agency, 283-6330. Blood drive, noon - 4 p.m., Greenville High School gymnasium. Leadership students co-host with United Blood Services. Donations accepted from students, community members 16 or older. To make appointment (not required), visit bloodhero.com, click "Donate Blood," enter sponsor code "GREENVILLE." Or call 775-785-6620. Quincy: Quincy Little League sign-ups, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Quincy High School cafeteria• Cost is $50 per player, $125 maximum per family. After Feb. 13 all sign-ups $70. Prospective players must bring birth certificate; parent must be present to register. Evaluation day is Saturday, March 8, at the Feather River College gym. For information: Michelle Morrison, 283-3322; Holly Buus, 283-1522. Science Night, 5:30 p.m., Quincy Elementary School cafeteria• Pioneer-Quincy Parent Cooperative Organization hosts hands-on experiments, scientific exhibits, fun booths from local scientific community. Admission, activities free. Food purchase proceeds benefit sixth-grade watershed program. For ,information: QuincyPCO.org; Amber, 927-9589. Corinne West in concert; doors open 6:30 p.m., show at 7; Town Hall Theatre. Presented by Plumas Arts. Tickets $15, available at Quincy Natural Foods. For information, to purchase tickets with credit card: 283-3402, plumasarts.org. Quincy: Quincy Friends of Plumas County Library quarterly book sale, library meeting room. Thu 3 - 7 p.m., Friends members only. 10 a.m.-6 p•m., Sat 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Annual membership $10; lifetime membership $100. Proceeds support various library needs. Gently used book donations welcome at library front desk during normal business hours. To schedule donation pickup (for those unable to deliver • to library): Diann Jewett, 283-3873. Graeagle: Live music at The Grille, 5:30 - 9 p.m., Chalet View Lodge at 72056 Highway 70. Featuring Karl Larson, guitarist and vocalist. Dinner menu available. ""-'--For information, reservations (recommended): Bob Hickman, 832-5528, mthomseme@yahoo.tom. Quincy: All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, 5 p.m., Feather River Grange 440 at 55 Main St. $8. All proceeds support Grange efforts to restore building as community meeting center• Greenville: Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce 23rd annual '˘Jat  Crab Dinner and Auction, i ,----'-  i 6 p.m., Town Hall. leg u I Menu: Dungeness crab or chicken, beans, potato casserole, Caesar salad, buttery crusty French bread, dessert. Prepared by Greenville High School culinary arts class; entertainment by GHS band. Limited to 170 dinners. Auction follows, item preview 5 - 6 p.m. Tickets available at chamber office, Greenville Plumas Bank, Sterling.Sage, The Way Station, Anna's Cafe, Village Drug• Quincy: All-you-can-eat Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., Feather River Grange. Presented by United Bikers of Northern California every second Sat through April. Menu: biscuits and sausage gravy, fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea, hot cider, hot chocolate; oatmeal option available. Bloody Marys, screwdrivers, mimosas $4. Opportunity drawing (need not be present to win). Supports local hospice. For information: Dave, Helen Reynolds, 283-4950. Indian Taco Benefit Dinner, 4 - 7 p.m., Feather River Grange Hall. $8. Hosted by friends of Heather Lewis, The Angels of Hope Relay for Life team, Las Plumas Del Oro ECV Chapter 8. All proceeds go directly to costs associated with Heather Lewis' treatment for stage 4 uterine cancer. LaSsen Volcanic National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe walks, meet 1 p.m. outside Loomis Ranger Station on plaza in ita Lake area. Weather permitting. 1- to 2-mile adventure explores winter ecology, Lassen's geologic history. Dress in layers, carry food, drinking water. Limited number of snowshoes available'for $1 donation. To send a legal: typesetting@plumasnews,com To send an advertisement: mail@plumasnews,com many of the largest trees and often targeted the most fire-resistant pines. Very large trees were still less abundant than in the old-growth condition in 1929. The forest today also • contains more fir and cedar and fewer pines than it once did. Shrubs, which provide food and cover for wildlife, covered 29 percent of the forest floor in 1929. Currently, the same shrubs cover only 2 percent of the forest floor -- a decline that appears to be the result of higher tree density. "The forest changes we found in this study are emblematic of similar changes that have occurred in the absence of fire throughout the western U.S., and help to explain why fires such as the nearby Rim Fire burn as intensely as they now do," said Knapp. The plots measured in this study are among the oldest known to still exist on Forest Service lands in California, and the historical data showing what the forest once looked like provide valuable information about how to restore greater fire resilience and improve biodiversity in forests today. The full report can be found at http://1.usa.gov/lg9XWQY. Headquartered in Albany, the Pacific Southwest Research Station develops and communicates science needed to sustain forest ecosystems and other benefits to society. It has research facilities in California, Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands. For more information, visit fs.fed.us/psw. HAMILTON, from page 9B open debate, accountability, and a reasonably democratic outcome. Rank-and-file members understood, grappled with and took responsibility for what they produced and voted on. No more. Continuing resolutions and omnibus bills lift responsibility from most members' hands. They produce decisions, but not in an open, democratic process. They're basically developed in secret by a handful of leaders and their allies and staff; allow very few, if any, amendments; sharply limit debate time; severely restrict members' ability to study thousands of provisions; and require an up or down vote. Most troubling, they're larded with policy decisions that in the old days would have been debated by the authorizing committees. This most recent measure boosts funding for Head Start, prevents the president from transferring control of military drones from the CIA to the Defense Department and bars postal officials from ending Saturday delivery -- all policy decisions that should have had a robust debate, but won't. Of course, plenty of people in Washington like this. Congressional leaders have more power than if they had to defer to the judgment of the authorizing and appropriations committees. The White House likes it because it involves fewer people, making life simpler. Even some rank and file members like it, because it allows them to avoid making hard choices about individual programs. Which is a problem. With omnibus bills, the truly difficult but crucial work that Congress needs to be doing doesn't get done. It isn't scrutinizing the budget of each department in sufficient detail to look for programs and line items that have outlived their usefulness or that need more investment. It can't examine and analyze difficult policy questions carefully. It won't question whether entire agencies and even departments still serve the purposes they were designed for. It isn't even bothering to look beyond discretionary spending to consider reforms to Social Security,:edicare and Medicaid, • Vtfidh is where most federal gbnding goes. Congress no longer seems to know how to run a budget process. Most of its members have never experienced the traditional method. They just know how to hold their noses and vote up or down. Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of, the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. ATKINSON, from page 9B accountability and independence. Newspapers are one of the most backward business enterprises there is. First, we. don't charge for more than 80 percent of what we do. We're like a restaurant that gives free food away or a gas station that gives free refills. Stranger than that, we absolutely never let our advertisers tell us what news to print or not to print. This newspaper may get its revenues from advertising but it gets its value from being a trustworthy news source. Our reputation is not for sale. We are writing about all this because questions about our newspapers are brought to our attention almost every day in casual conversation with our readers. We are asked what else can be done to keep the local newspaper open for business and in print. We have a simple reply -- please support our local advertisers and encourage more local businesses to join them in these pages. We'll take care of the rest. Thank you. p I m I m I I SENIOR. MENU I Monday, Feb. 3 I I Vegetarian: quiche, spinach salad, mixed fruit cup, whole I grain roll, oatmeal cookie I Tuesday, Feb. 4 I I I I I I I1 Wednesday, Feb. 5 Turkey sandwich, vegetable| barley soup, tossed green salad, sliced tomatoes, orange slices I Thursday, Feb. 6 I Meat loaf, cauliflower, mashed | sweet potatoes, whole wheat roll, sliced apples I i Orange juice, flank steak, Friday, Feb. 7 fl baked potato, steamed zuc- Ethnic- sweet & sour -ork • • • . • lJ , chml, whole gram bread, I . carrots/peppers, white rice, I I I i Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643; I Greenville, 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832- 4173; Blairsden open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for 1 reservations. Suggested donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. • I One guest may accompany each senior, $6 mandatory I charge. Menus may change. Hours: Noon at all sites. = a- m m m m m m m m m -- m m J