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I-eatner Iwer UUlle'un Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11A Where in the World? Plumas Charter School, Quincy Learning Cen(er high school students visit Sutter's Fort State Park on March 14. Left to right: Garrett Anderson May, Gregory Lankston, teacher James Taradash, Ben Stowe, Stephanie Casey and Cassidy Fairbanks. Forum addresses Genesee Valley restoration efforts The Plumas Audubon Society and Feather River Land Trust will host a public forum addressing forest and fh'e restoration in Genesee Valley at the Taylorsville Grange on March 27 at 5:30 p.m. People interested in forest and fire management on public and private lands are encouraged to attend. More than $400,000 in grants has been received to reduce wildfire potential, improve forest resilience, promote traditional cultural practices and plan future understory burning projects in Genesee Valley. Information about past, ongoing and proposed forest health and fire restoration projects will be presented by a diverse panel of experts. Gabe Miller, Feather River Land Trust stewardship director, will serve as panel moderator. Darrel Jury, Plumas Audubon Society conservation liaison, will present information on a Toyota Together Green grant titled Restoring Habitat with Native American Traditional Ecology. Three grants from Toyota and National Audubon have TicketS still available for xbP/ I April 5 Pheasants dinner I sSt: ffwtithe aP" HawthOrne phaAln tmhUonSB snie/fir i he  shawthorne@plumasnews.com Valley area and one for the * 16 Years Experience * Graduate - Perry Technical Institute Trade Degree * ASE Certified ~ brakes, suspension, engine, electrical diagnostics & morel * AA Degree ~ welding & metal lab " * Certified ~ Bureau of Automotive Repair * Trucks, Passenger Cars & Tractors * Diesel & Gas Engines 289 Crescent St. QuincY Quincy/Portola area. As the club grows, more events will be offered. Community members and businesses are being asked to support the organization by donating items for the kids' giveaway, women's giveawaY, general giveaway and auction -- all to be conducted during the April 5 banquet. Cash donations are also being accepted to help cover dinner expenses and future events. Volunteers are needed as well to help plan the dinner. According to Hardesty, local businesses and organizations have already donated tons of great prizes for the event, including one worth nearly $1,700. Anyone interested in either" donating or volunteering may contact Hardesty or VanZandt. About Pheasants Forever Established in 1982, Pheasants Forever is an organization focused on wildlife habitat conservation, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs. According to its website, each Pheasants Forever chapter decides how its event proceeds are spent and "as a result, chapter volunteers are able to see the fruits of their efforts locally, while belonging to a larger national organization with a voice on federal and state conservation policy." Through its "no child left indoors" ipitiative, members work to preserve future generations of conservationists, hunters and land stewards by providing outdoor experiences for local youths and their families. As the Plumas County chapter grows, members will be following the goals of the national organization by teaching youths about wildlife habitats and how to hunt; helping instill in them an appreciation for natural resources; and encouraging them to become conservation-minded community members. The club has the potential to host events such as youth hunts, family outdoor field days, camps, shooting events and teams, youth banquets, conservation clubs and more. According to Hardesty, the future of Indian Valley Pheasants Forever Chapter 0920 is dependent on how much is raised during its first dinner and how much support is provided by the community. "GOOD HONEST TECHNICIAN with GREAT RATES|" 530-927-9655 The first event for the newly formed Indian Valley Pheasants Forever Chapter 0920 is only one week away, and fewer than 40 tickets remain. The chapter is the first of its kind in Plumas County; and in order to draw support from interested community members, the Indian Valley residents who established the chapter are hosting a dinner April 5. Funds raised from the dinner will be used to support the club and its activities. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. in the Greenville Town Hall and is open to everyone in Plumas County. Only 160 plates will be served due to the capacity restrictions of the building. Tickets will not be sold at the door and because only 40 remain. Interested community members should act fast in order to reserve seats. Tickets will be available until April 1 unless they are s01d out before then. Contact Beverly Hardesty at 394-7276 or Karen VanZandt at 284-1536 to purchase tickets. Tickets cost $80 per couple, $50 per person or $15 for each "ringneck" between the ages of 0 and 16. In addition to dinner, tickets include chapter membership for one person. Couple tickets are only eligible for one membership. Additional memberships can be purchased for $35 per adult and $15 per child. Membership includes a quarterly subscription to the magazine "Upland Tales," a, membership card and a "personal invitation to get involved in the community." As one of its founding members, Hardesty said one of the great things about the organization is that 100 percent of the net proceeds stay within the county. "Every dollar we raise through our fundraising efforts stays right here in Plumas County and goes back into our local businesses, events, schools and habitat projects," she said. The group focuses on supporting local youths and getting them outdoors. Hardesty said the Pheasants Forever motto is "no child left indoors" and, by establishing a chapter within Plumas County, she and other members hope to achieve just that within the local Vicinity. Since the group is in its first year, organizers are only planning to sponsor two Taylorsville Grange March 27 5:30 p.m. funded efforts to engage Mountain Maidu in habitat restoration at the Heart K Ranch. To date, more than 100 volunteers have contributed 800 volunteer hours to restore wildlife habitat in Genesee Valley. Danny Manning, Greenville Rancheria assistant fir, chief, will present information on a Natural Resource Conservation Service Tribal Environmental Quality Incentives Program project. Feather River Land Trust has leased 40 acres of the 884-acre Heart K Ranch to the Greenville Rancheria in an effort to remove conifers from a mature oak woodland stand. Terri Rust, of the Feather River Resource Conservation District, will discuss the Sierra Nevada Conservancy-funded project to improve watershed and forest health. The Heart K Forest Health Project will thin 120 acres of mixed conifer forest. So far, the Greenville Rancheria crew has hand-thinned more than 50 acres of mixed forest and burned slash on 30 of these acres. Ryan Bauer, Plumas National Forest Mt. Hough District fuels officer, will describe goals and logistics of the Genesee Valley Wildland Urban Interface Collaborative Underburn. The prescribed fire is planned for this spring, conditions permitting, and will target 40 acres on the Ha.art l Ranch and 20 acres on adjoining Forest Service land. David Arsenault, Plumas Audubon Society executive director, will present information about the Genesee Valley Wildfire Restoration Plan, an initiative funded by the National Forest Foundation to develop a plan for evaluating the feasibility of restoring fire to more than 6,000 acres of private and adjoining public lands. The primary objective of the event is to inform the public about forest health and fh'e restoration activities and to address questions and concerns. A question-and-answer session will follow the panel presentation. For more information, contact Gabe Miller at 283-5758. Have you seen THE FEATHER RIVER BULLETIN online? BREAKING NEWS BUSINESS  WEATHER CLASSIFIED ADS SPORTS REAL ESTATE . plumasnews.eom Protect your property from UI IIIIylF II11,- Thinning, piling and burning of private property. 6 years of WlLDLAND FIRE experience! BS Biology from Humboldt State FREE consultation and Estimate Call William at 530588-6200 I .... 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