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,~ Wednesday, Feb. 21,2001 | Over the past few years, the Sierra Club has made no bones about the fact they want to stop logging on National For- est lands. It appears they, along with a little help from Earth Watch, Earth Island In- stitute, the National Resource Defense Council and others, have just about succeeded in accomplishing this august task. In listening to their mantra, you are led to believe timber harvesting on National Forest lands will result in the liquidation of our forests, the destruction of wildlife and just about everything else we cher- ish. Rex is a little puzzled over this. We have been logging in the U.S. since Columbus showed up, and around here for about 150 years. He ques- tions why we haven't obliterat- ed all of our trees and wildlife by now. Seems to him there is quite a bit of timber left, along with associated forest crea- by i ' tins r:S leW wesn thleda come from these lands. Rex bm flkdi ggh :;:odfurc th %e of says watch out for the word our timberlands was immi- "domestic." actual area impacted by tim- nent--unless drastic steps are taken. Environmentalists have done a time job of describing the plight of our forests. Done so well, even the Forest Ser- vice has picked up their story line in the "Sierra-Nevada Framework for Conservation and Collaboration" plan. In- stead of timber harvesting, the Forest Service now talks about the "extraction of natural re- sources from national forests." Rex hopes someone gets around to telling them that if you don't grow it, you mine it. If this fact of life didn't take place, we would have a tough time finding something to eat or a place to live. But, as a lot of folks have concluded, milk doesn't come from a cow, it comes from a local grocery store. Lumber just shows up on your building site, or you get it from a place like Home Depot. Trees have nothing to do with it. In using environmentalist logic, you find we can stop har- vesting on the National Forests, since only 4 percent of the domestic wood consumed With the recent in timber harvested from N ition- al Forests, the difference is be, ing made up by increasing im- ports from Canada, Russia, Chile and other foreign lands--places where wood can be obtained at bargain prices. Places where environmental controls are for the most part minimal. But, what happens if these sources of lumber and wood products begin to dry up? Will we end up with another elec- tricity-like f'laSCO--a lack of supply coupled with a growing population, along with short-sighted, possibly inept management and an opportu- nity to maximize profits? Also unsaid in environmen- tal literature is that National Forests contain 19 percent of the nations timberlands, or about 97 million acres. About half of this area is considered suitable for timber harvesting. National Forest lands contain 30 percent of the total U.S. tim- ber volume, including 46 per- cent of the nation's softwood, pine, Rr and other softwoods being the prime product for ber harvesting operations has only been on the order of about I percent of the suitable tim- berlands each year, and only a small portion of this is clear- cut. A little different than what you have heard? According to Rex, the devel- opment of an occasional crisis is an important component in maintaining the health and welfare of environmental orga- nizations. What better way is there to get people to support your group, your causes? As he speaks, the Sierra Club and others are publishing magazines and reports re- counting the evils of logging, especially on National Forest lands, printing their appeals on paper made from softwood trees, possibly even from Na- tional Forest lands. Recycled paper is usually avoided when printing this literature since pictures and text don't look as good on pre-owned paper prod- ucts. Most of the time, they make their pitch on the hard, glossy stuff, straight out of the forest. le is | | in The Canyon is white, still. The rain that fell over last weekend and the sunny aRer. noons before that eroded the stuffleft by the Feb. 9 weekend storm. But, most of the melt oc- curred on the north side of the canyon, where the sun had a chance to work. Those folks that live on the south side, like Jim and Rhon- da Balkovek of Virgilia, are still back-packing out to Jim's car in the morning so Rhonda can get to work in Quincy. The Balkoveks returned from a trip to Chico on Saturday, Feb. 10. Jim's car couldn't make it very far up the steep road to their house, so they left it and proceeded in Rhonda's truck. But, by Monday morning, the truck was completely snowed in and Rhonda's only hope of getting to work was to cut a trail to Jim's car, then to High- way 70. Monday morning, the pair spent seven hours digging out so they could get to the car and get the car to the highway. Paxton was hardest hit in terms of power and telephone. The community lost power Fri- day night, Feb. 9, and didn't get it back until Friday morn- ing, Feb. 16. A previous resi- dent of Paxton explained to me what usually happens to the power during severe weather. There are a series of three transformers in the power lead coming into Paxton and all three usually blow during a major storm. During one of those storms, she was outside when a "blue streak" traveled down the line to the first trans- former. It blew and she could hear the next two blow in quick succession. Da lights don't work no more. Belden's much abused Water system failed early in the storm and has not recovered yet. The source pool is on the mountain-side above the town and is not very accessible, even in dry weather. Attempts are being made by the Feather River Community Services District to clear the problem and restore water. Tobin residents have experi- enced the same situation with their water as Belden. They have been getting water on an intermittent basis, but the snow pack has prevented workers from getting to the source pool and clearing the problem. Telephone service has been spotty. Loren Perkins, of Storrie Va- cation Retreat, reported about two feet of snow from the storm, most of which has melt- ed by now. Telephone service was about the same as Tobin's initially, but has been com- pletely restored at this time. The Twain area faired rela- tively well. We lost power and telephone, but never more than a couple of hours at a time. Like the rest of Plumas County, there was much huff- ing and puffing at the working end of a snow shovel. 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Visit today for a free skin analysis and product samples. lle'them Hair Co, 458 Main St. Quincy presents the Feather River Baseball Player ofthe Week Chris Roberson 2000: Chris redshirted his fresh- man year at FRC. He is a strong candidate to play in the outfield his sophomore season. 1995-99: Chri,: played basketball, football and ran track at San Pablo High School, California. He was a drama and band member. Chris played football at Contra Costa Community College before enrolling at FRC. Personal: Chris was born 8/23/79. He is a major. Chris is the son of Rosa and Justin Roberson. liberal studies Favorite Pizza Factory Meal: Lasagna Q i 0 A public meeting will be held Feb. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Quincy Library Meeting Hall at 445 Jackson Street. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in cooperation with the Feder- al Highway Administration and the Plumas County Trans- portation Commission, is proposing a major rehabilita- tion of Route 70 through the Town of Quincy from Purdy Lane to Clough Street. The fol- lowing are some of the major items of work anticipated: Rehabilitate pavement from Purdy Lane to Clough Street Widen shoulders from Pur- dy Lane to Clear Stream Widen Spanish Creek Bridge Reconstruct a 3-block seg- ment along Main Street through downtown Widen and reconstruct side- walks Provide sidewalk landscap- ing Correct roadway cross- slope Provide lighting Fill in ments .Construct and gutter over from high Fairgrounds Road Rock line the Cemetery Hill Signalize Mill intersection The project bring the rent design provide an inviting look to Quincy. Send written Caltrans District 2, Jonathan ronmental rice, P.O. Box 496073, CA 96049-6073. 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