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Environmental News Wednesday, Feb. 21,2001 3A lying feet deep of Plumas County, winter storms pre- season seems a at Plumas (PNF) head- planning ac- everything new engines to eight.month peri- funding was will double forests through- in once again fire crews, gather- and supplies, stations aban- earlier through izing efforts. billion in fed- approved last its share of the joins the preven- to levels nearly a decade. in fire suppres- will bring with 45 full-time employees next three years. temporary po- new. hiring will be ac- year, accord- chief of PNF 10 percent of be hired during and the final be completed dur- Year of program 1,500 new posi- created. In there are 465 posi- of hiring, the last week, are up personnel an employment SPans across the ions are sent to where they are ~ ~ :47 ~ ; in this newspa- the last several County will lost $6 million an- next five years. the pilot pro- Rural Schools Self-determi- 2000 (HR 2389), of the al- or a little over in a local invest- fund may be of projects Well as on private spent on private Show a benefit to might be a com- se zone (fire- a community. might be a trail around a both pub- of the Resource Adviso- or (RAC) must will make to the Secre- e on how are to be allocated. committee of a wide rep- of National Forest will be as repre- Possible of the citi. Mem- COmmittee must ability to with oth. 1 isthemostoppo tune @me to get into the federal workforce." Lee Anne Schramel Taylor PNF public information officer processed. Applicants are al- lowed to select up to nine na- tional forests where they will consider employment, said Wood. Those who only wish to work on the PNF or Lassen Na- tional Forest can indicate that by selecting just those two choices. On the Plumas, up to 45 full- time jobs should be filled in the first round. Wood said pro- motions are made, and the va- cancies created are then filled with new personnel. In other situations, temporary person- nel who worked on the PNF in previous years will be moved to full time and replaced by new temporaries. Looking at the local line-up, Wood said four 10-person crews will be added this year, stationed at Mohawk, Lauf- man, Brush Creek and Greenville. And, three fire prevention patrols will be implemented in Greenville, at Brush Creek and at Laufman. Within two years, an addi- tional handcrew and three chief officers will also be added to the PNF force. Eventually, Wood said the helicopter crew will be in- creased from five to 10, each day. Taylor said it's important to note that as personnel is being built up at individual stations, money isn't being spent on added administration and ex- panded services beyond fire- fighting. According to Lee Anne Schramel Taylor, PNF public information officer, this has been a great opportunity for individuals to apply for posi- tions within a wide variety of forests, using a single applica- tion. In the past, one applica- tion was required for each for- est where employment was sought. For those interested in ap- plying for any full-time posi- tions still available across the nation, or temporary positions not filled locally or nation- wide, applications may be re- quested via an automated, toll- free telephone number at 877- 813-3476, by e-mail at fsjobs~fs.fed.us, or by visiting a U.S. Forest Service office. "This is the most opportune time to get into the federal work force," Taylor said, di- recting her comments to those who are looking for a career opportunity in the Forest Ser- vice. "What an opportune time to get your foot in the door." As an example, Wood said PNF Supervisor Mark Madrid got his early start as a fire- fighter. 1 the fleet will include 30 new ve- hicles. , ; ( : ers of differing viewpoints to achieve good faith compro- mise. Recommendations for committee membership will be made to the Secretary of Agri- culture by the Plumas County Board of Supervisors and the Plumas National Forest Super- visor. Please submit applications (there is one on page 6B of this newspaper) by the close of business March 7. Applica- tions may be returned to the Plumas County Board of Su- pervisors' office or to the Building upgrades Work varies from station to station, but Wood said there will be planning and work ahead in opening up stations previously closed. Gansner Bar, off Caribou Road in the Feather River Canyon, is probably in the best shape of those closed, but other stations will need quite a bit of work to bring them up to stan- dards, Wood said. Along with improvements, new barracks will be built at some of the stations to house firefighters. At one station, special trailers will be used. Engine bays will be built at some of the stations. All stations previously closed will need to be refur- bished, which includes every- thing from beds to plates and utensils, plus all firefighting gear and equipment. "We're using everything that we have available," Taylor said. "Now, we still need more. Taylor said that, when the various stations were closed, some facilities were demol- ished, furnishings and gear sold off as forest surplus. Wood said this isn't an iso- lated situation locally, but one being experienced on all forests. Wood added that some mon- ey will be spent on improving existing lookouts on the forest. "They're subject to so much Equipment weathering," Taylor said about the state of the lookouts. This year, three new engines have been ordered for PNF. Payoff These are slated for Laufman, As natior~al forests gear up Quincy and Gansner Bar sta-to meet the new demand, Wood tions, Wood said. One new dozer will be addedsaid it now gives the force the opportunity to catch fires at a to the forest and stationed in smaller size and provide a the Mohawk Ranger District.stronger attack force. Within the next two years, Wood added that, with its four more engines will be fire crews built up once again, added and two more dozers, the Forest Service is no longer Eight additional crew vehi- cles will also be leased, as the as dependent on gathering sup- PNF fleet is built up to meet port from other firefighting the new demand, agencies. Wood said that, eventually, "INQUIRE Plumas National Forest super- visor's office, in care of Bill Dennison or Lee Anne Schramel Taylor, respectively. More information can be ob- tained by contacting Bill Den- nison, Plumas County Supervi- sor, at dennison@thegrid.net, or at 258-2058. Information can also be obtained at www.rS.fs.fed.us/plumas or by contacting Lee Anne Schramel Taylor, Plumas National For- est Public Affairs Officer, at eataylor@fs.fed.us or at 283- 7850. ~ Nocm ~mem Ca~.~a - - g/z//- INVESTIGATIVE SERVICE" P.1.1~14 1 The Mt. Hough Ranger Dis- trict is seeking public input (scoping) for the Waters Defen- sible Fuel Profile Zone (DFPZ) project and the Cold DFPZ pro- ject, according to District Ranger Terri Simon-Jackson. Activities in the proposed pro- ject include thinning and un- derburning in forested areas. While comments are wel- come at any stage in the pro- ject, they would be most help- ful at this time if postmarked by March 5. Comments would be most useful in the project design and environmental analysis aspects of the project. Interested people will have another opportunity to corn- ment when the Environmental Assessment is available for re- view in early April. Foster Wheeler Environ- mental Corporation, of Sacra- mento, is conducting the envi- ronmental documentation for the Cold project under con- tract to the Forest Service. For more information about the Cold project, contact Tom Stewart at (916) 928-0202, For more information about the Waters Project, contact Dennis Clemens, Project Leader at (530) 283-7640, or at the Mt. Hough Ranger District, 39696 Highway 70, Quincy, CA 95971. ! Your eyes and your vision should be comfortable and effortless. If not, see us. You may have dry eyes, allergies, astigmatism, myopia, presbyopia, etc. We are here to help. Please see Drs. Gilman and Gilman for a complete eye and vision examina- tion. 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