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12A Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Craig Martynn explains to tour participants at the American Ranch on Feb. 14 that quail head feathers are called topknots. The tour was part of Martynn's larger senior project of raising quail. Photos by Gia Martynn Students observe quail-raising project Quincy High School senior Craig Martynn shared his quail-raising project with Michelle Abramson's second-grade class at Quincy Elementary School last week. Martynn then invited students and their parents to a ranch tour for a bird's-eye view of the quail-raising process. Martynns mentor, Lane Labbe, owns New England Ranch and has been raising California and Gambel's quaff on his ranch for the last 10 years. While helping out on the ranch, Martynn's interest in the quaff spurred Labbe to offer him the opportunity to raise the quaff for his senior project. Martynn shared all he had learned with a small but attentive audience at the ranch Saturday, Feb. 14. From collecting the eggs, incubation, hatching, brooding and introduction of the young birds to the outdoor Craig Martynn's mentor for his senior project, Lane Labbe, shares with tour participants how the quail have boosted local populations. pen, Martynn explained all the stages of the process. Tour participants not only got to see the birds up close and personal, but learned facts such as that the California quaff was designated the state bird in 1931 because it was a prized game bird and was known for its hardiness and adaptability. Plumas Collaborative recruits residents for restoration initiative Ann Powers Staff Writer In the second of a series of introductory meetings countywide, Plumas Collaborative representatives met with - dozens of Portola residents Feb. 18, at the city library, to ignite a collective dialog on the management of local forests. The grassroots collaborative is a partnership between the Plumas National Forest and the Plumas County Fire Safe Council. The goal is to develop a new community-based effort rethinking how to bring the public back irlto the management of public lands. The group looks to the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act as a platform, which can provide federal funding for forest management on public lands. CFLRA also requires diverse involvement with public input for a strategy aimed at meeting the needs of the forest and its users. "This effort will only succeed if we are able to engage members of the public," said Nils Lunder, Plumas County Fire Safe Council coordinator. "We want to hear your input. We want to learn from you." Organizers said the program is crucial in protecting communities from wildfire, while advancing the pace and scope of fuels reduction. With a locally conceived and approved strategy, an application to the CFLRA program can be submitted. Funding for the project is provided, in part, by a decision of the Plumas National Forest following a recommendation by the Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secure Rural Schools and Community Sell-Determination Act Title II Program. "This effort will only succeed if we are able to engage members of the public." Nils Lunder i!:: Coordinator Plumas County Fire Safe Council Since 2002, the local fire safe council has helped proactive communities and landowners develop wildfire mitigation projects, planning documents and tools for their communities. It also educates homeowners on ways to help homes survive wildfire, and landowners on the fundamentals of forest management. The first collaborative meeting was held in Quincy on Feb. 11. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for Indian Valley on Feb. 25 at the Town Hall and Chester on March 4 at the Memorial Hall. All meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m. An overall collaborative group gathering is set for April 22, with time and place to be decided. Meeting facilities include accessibility features. Anyone requiring additional assistance is asked to call the fire safe council at 283-0829 at least seven days in advance. For more information about the program, eontact Mike De Lasaux, council chairman and University of California Cooperative Extension natural resources advisor, at: 283-6125 or mjdelasaux@ucdavis:edu. Those interested in the initiative can also g6 to See for breaking news! 1 L: A # BI I10 III Y" t