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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, March 17, 2010 13A Supes support OHV use Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Board of Supervisors authorized Chairwoman Sherrie Thrall to sign a letter to the U.S. De- partment of Agriculture argu- ing for maintaining previous levels of off-highway vehicle use in local national forests at a meeting Tuesday, March 9. County Public Works Direc- tor Bob Perreault brought the letter before the board, ex- plaining Butte, Lassen, Shas- ta and Plumas counties were trying to all pass the same let- ter as a show of solidarity. He explained the Lassen and Shasta-Trinity national forests recently received "no- tices of decision" regarding their motorized travel man- agement plans, which indi- cated less OHV use would be allowed compared to the pre- vious arrangement. Perreault said the Plumas Forest hadn't received its no- tice of decision yet, but parts of the Lassen National Forest extend into Plumas County. The director explained the objections were mostly related to the fact that most existing "mixed use" roadways used by passenger cars won't be open to off-highway vehicles. Perreault's background material for the agenda item read, "Such rules will severe- ly constrain backcountry recreation mobility." The letter Thrall will sign argued "hundreds of miles of unpaved forest roads and oth- er routed will be closed to mo- tor vehicles" in the three forests. It continued, "Non-highway legal vehicles face the most se- vere prohibitions. We are con- cerned about these impacts." "A balance needs to be struck between public access and environmental steward- ship. These goals needn't be mutually exclusive." The letter supported the Modoc National Forest's plan as a more successful balance of the goals and "developed through extensive public in- volvement and coordination with local agencies. "Our local forests need to embrace that model." The letter also said the For- est Service had previously ar- gued mixed use roads had to be closed off for OHV users because of state traffic laws concerning highways. The letter said, "The Cali- fornia Highway Patrol has since discredited the underly- ing premise that unpaved roads are 'Highways' under the California Vehicle Code." The letter went on to argue the Region Six policy for mixed- use roads was exactly the oppo- site of the one for Region Five, which contains Plumas. The letter concluded, "Specifically we seek contin- ued OHV ridership on Main- tenance Level 3 and 4 roads." Census survey to begin Census workers began hand delivering 2010 Census questionnaires last week to roughly 30,000 addresses across Northern California's nine counties, including Plumas County, mostly in rural areas. While most of the nation's 120 million households -- about 90 percent of the U.S. population -- should expect their 10-question forms to ar- rive by mail March 15 - 17, this operation is part of a na- tionwide effort to reach rural areas and households that do not receive mail at the same locations as their residences. Census takers will deliver 2010 Census questionnaires directly to each residence in these areas, leaving a form packaged in a plastic bag at the home's main door. Resi- dents are encouraged to fill out and mail back their cen- sus forms -- using the en- closed pre-paid envelope -- as soon as possible. "Regardless of whether your census form gets dropped off at your front door or you receive it within a few weeks in your mailbox, it's important that you fill it out and mail it back as soon as possible," said Census Bu- reau Director Robert M. Groves. "With only 10 ques- tions, the 2010 Census should only take about 10 minutes to complete." In 2000, about 72 percent of the population mailed back their census forms -- halting a three-decade decline in the national mail participation rate. Mailing back the forms save taxpayers money, as it reduces the number of census takers that must go door-to- door to follow up with house- holds that failed to do so. The Redding Local Census Office, which covers the nine Northern California coun- ties, is still hiring workers to help conduct the door-to-door follow up. The Census Bureau saves about $85 million in opera- tional costs for every percent- age point increase in the na- tional mail response rate. "It costs us just 42 cents in a postage paid envelope when households mail back their 2010 Census forms," Groves said. "The Census Bureau will spend about $25 per per- son if we have to go out and knock on the doors of house- holds that don't mail them back." All census responses are confidential. Answers are protected by law and cannot be shared with anyone. The Census Bureau takes ex- treme measures to protect the identity of individuals and businesses. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' in- dividually identifiable an- swers with anyone, including tribal housing authorities, other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. Quincy's Premie r Health Club Come Join Us ... Great Place, Great Results Mon.-Thurs.: 5am-9pm Friday: 5am-7pm Sat & Sun.: 9am-12pm 336 Crescent St., Quincy 283-2255 Grand Spring Opening -- Friday, March 19 Newly remodeled New menus! Full-service Lunch & Full Bar: ll:00am- 2:30pm Dell Counter: ll:00am - 4:30pm Dinner: 5:00pm - 8:30pm Lynn Hagen - Head Chef, CCA Alumni 250 Bonta Street 250 Bonta Street Blairsden Blairsden 836-1300 836-4646 JOB SEEKERS-. YOU ARE INVITED TO THE 14 TM ANNUAL PLUMAS & SIERRA COUNTY JOB FAIRS Admission is free Dress your best and bring your resume interview with employers face-to-face Workshops provided by the Plumas Work Connection. Location : 1953 E. 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