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uu.etm, Kecora, vrogresswe, Keporter Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11B COMMUNITY PEP.SPE C T IVE bl m of fuel in the forest must b With a potentially hot, dry summer approaching, there is good reason to become apprehensive about the coming fire season. I recently attended a public meeting hosted by the Feather River Land Trust in Taylorsville to explain their forest and fire management program on their Heart K Ranch in.Genesee Valley. The program was co-hosted by partners Plumas Audubon, Plumas National Forest, Greenville Rancheria and the Feather River Resource Conservation District. Their goal: to increase forest health by preserving the existing biodiversity on the ranch and to reduce the unnatural understory fuel on old trees and stamps WHERE I STAND demonstrates that MIKE YOST RETIRED FORESTRY INSTRTUCTOR buildup. The program consists of small-diameter conifer thinning, piling and burning of debris, and prescribed broadcast burning of ground fuels. Pile burning has been completed and the Greenville Rancheria fire crew will do the ground burning when weather and fuels are favorable. This is a very appropriate plan, as it closely replicates forest conditions existing in the Sierra prior to European settlement. Analysis of tree ring data from basal fire scars low-severity fires were common in the past. Tree species and the structure of forest stands have changed dramatically in the past 100 years as a result of timber harvesting practices and fire suppression implemented by the U.S. Forest Service. Ponderosa pine was once the dominant species here. These old trees, growing in open stands, were very large in diameter and had thick bark and deep tap roots, which increased their resistance to damage from ground fn'es. Harvesting these trees and suppressing light ground fires over the past 100 years has resulted in a much denser forest of understory white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar. These species thrive when there are no fires and typically have foliage extending to the ground because they have adapted to growing in shaded conditions. Now, when fires do occur, these trees become torches and in dry, windy conditions allow fire to spread vertically up into the crowns of older and taller trees. Firefighters call this crown fire and it can be very destructive. Pre-European fire frequency, which usually varied from 10 to 20 years, resulted in open grown forests with minimal surface fuel and few understory trees. Most fires were low-i.ntensity fires with short flame lengths rarely reaching into the crowns. Certainly, there were occasions when combinations of extreme weather and fuel resulted in severe stand-replacing fires, but these events were not common. These fires were mostly started by lightning and by Native Americans burning to clear the understory around their settlements. Locally, the Maidu people, like Native Americans throughout California, used fn'e extensively to facilitate hunting and food resource management. In Plumas County, understory thinning and some prescribed fire in recent years have mostly been limited to construction of roadside defensible fuel profile zones on national forests lands, as directed by the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act of 1998. The QLG pilot project area included 2.5 million acres on three national forests over nine counties. A 2010 Forest Service publication documented fuel treatment effectiveness on fire behavior and suppression activities on the 20 wildfires that interacted with fuel treatments within the HFQLG pilot project lands between 1999 and 2010. The conclusion: See Fire, page 13B What es child a tion look li What does child abuse prevention look like? We'd like the blue ribbons and blue pinwheels that you see around town in April to be good reminders about prevention. But what does prevention itself actually look like? Here's the difficulty when we talk about prevention: It can be hard to recognize and that makes it really hard to see when we have been successful about preventing something. Unfortunately, it is much easier to see when we haven't been successful. We can see the immediate and devastating effects of child abuse and neglect on children and their families. WHERE [ STAND JANINE COORDINATOR, PLUMAS CHILDREN'S COUNCIL We can see that being abused or neglected as a child increases the risk of obesity, depression, addiction and incarceration. These are just a few of the possible outcomes. So, we know what abuse and neglect look like. But what does prevention look like? Prevention looks like the remarkable programs we have serving families. It looks like the remarkable neighbors who make reports when they notice children at risk of abuse. Prevention looks like our remarkable social workers intervening to help keep children safe, remarkable therapists working with children and their families, and some remarkable foster parents, family members and others helping to care for children who have been removed from their homes. Some remarkable teachers and mentors too. You probably know some of these folks. Maybe you are one of these folks! Prevention also looks like our county supervisors who are working as best they can to ensure that the necessary services to children and families are being provided. On behalf of the Plumas Children's Council, a big thanks to all of you! I know that we are making a difference. Is it enough? No. Abuse and neglect still occur far too often. And we all see it. In the prevention training I provide, I talk about the small but significant things that we can do to prevent child abuse. Most of the time we won't know for sure if we have been helpful or not. We know that families do best when they are connected to their communities. We know that respectful and, trusting relationships can support parents by helping them access the information, services and support that they need in order to keep their children healthy and safe. So prevention looks like you when you reach out to be a friend; when you help families connect with each other for support; when you model good parenting skills. or refer families to services and opportunities. Offering a new morn a cup of tea. Listening, encouraging, supporting and staying connected. Even a smile can help. Prevention looks like community action. That means everyone getting involved; being a CASA volunteer; a part of Neighborhood Watchi volunteering at the schools. These are all small bdt significant actions that you can take. And they look like prevention to me! It is our individual efforts to connect that can make all the difference. Do you know what services your local Resource Center provides and how to refer families to the centers? Prevention looks like community suppers, churches, clubs, school and sporting events all providing informal opportunities to reach out to build relationships and provide support to families. And prevention looks like you when you observe and See Abuse, page 13B LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Guidelines for Letters him during the last election, :supervisog and a lon ime All letters 'ah: .... r iii' qui t6 pleased that .... i '" Piamas gi i'ra addressand a phone number. We publish only one letter per week per person and only one letter per person per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The editor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words. The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed to dmcdnald@plumasnews" corn. Editor's note: With the local primary election scheduled for June 3, Feather Publishing willnot print election-related letters in the May 28 paper unless they are a rebuttal to a May 21 letter. Feather' Publishing will not print letters that we consider to be too personal or in poor taste. We reserve the right to edit letters to remove personal comments or unsubstantiated claims. Impressed by Kennedy Four years ago, I supported Dick Lundy in the race for District 5 Supervisor. I thought Dick would do a good job for the people of my district and Plumas County. In the end, Jon Kennedy won that race and has been our supervisor for the past three years or so. During this time, I have had to deal with the county on a couple of issues that required the help of my supervisor. Jon Kennedy probably could have turned my support of another candidate against me and not been helpful. Just the opposite happened, Jon acted in a very professional manner and assisted me with my concerns. I was impressed with his approach in dealing with my issues and his professionalism in dealing with me. I have been to the boardroom and watched Jon at work with the other board members. I must say, although I did not support have had him as a representative during some tough fiscal times. I plan to vote for Jon Kennedy for District 5 Supervisor in June. I chose to support him because he is fair, fiscally aware, and has long-term roots in our county. The latter is extremely important to me as it makes him very sensitive to all of our concerns and needs as residents and owners of businesses. Mike Beatty Quincy Engel has my support Jeff Engel has lived in and worked in Plumas County for over 40 years and has successfully survived the devastating local economic climate, unlike many of us. I trust Engel because he wants us all to have weil-paying jobs. He doesn't want us to have to leave the county to fmd work or to open businesses in Sonoma or Reno. Nor has he left Plumas County because of the challenges of doing business here. He isn't afraid to do business here. Engel owns a construction company which means he knows how the county works and knows the people that work there. He works daily with the planning, environmental health, building and road departments. Unlike Judd and Kennedy, I can attest that Engel is the only candidate running that has attended the Eastern Plumas Recreation District board meetings. He knows the district will be a big job creator in the future. The district holds "the contract" with the State of California Parks and Recreation Department to construct and renovate the Johnsville Historic Ski Hill which he fully supports and enjoyed as a boy growing up. Jeff and his wife, Jennifer, and their kids and grandkids are part of the fabric of Plumas County. Their fathers were twice District 5 Rural Electric, Ole Olsen and A1 Engel. In my opinion, Judd wants to be our knight in shining armor and he has vowed to rescue us from ourselves. Kennedy, from my encounters with him, tells us what to do and does not always listen. Only Engel is grounded enough to keep his ego from getting in the way. Join me in voting for Engel and brighter days. Mimi Garner Graeagle Earth Day a reminder Rachel Carson wrote 'Silent Spring' in 1962. She warned that the use of pesticides and herbicides would cause the death of birds and other environmental problems. The environment had been polluted to the point that it was unsafe to swim in most larger rivers in the U.S., let alone drink their waters. "Acid rain" and the "hole in the ozone" became familiar terms. Pollutants fiUed the air we breathed. Humans were clearly poisoning their world and the U.S. was leading the way. Public outcry led to action: The EPA was formed in 1970. Passage of The Clean Water Act (1972), The Clean Air Act (1973), The Endangered Species Act (1973) followed. More needed to be done. The near-extinction of the brown pelican and the bald eagle from DDT led to the pesticide's ban (1972). Residents of Love Canal (1978), a community built above a municipal and industrial waste dump site, experienced high incidences of birth defects, miscarriages and other health problems. Litigation followed which resulted in creation of The Superfund Program (1980). This program funds toxic waste clean up at sites abandoned by industry. Pollution from agricultural runoff and selenium in Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge (1982) led to lethal birth deformitieg in waterfowl. Resulting legal proceedings exP, osed' fe.d.er anal simmer. Bv it is w :mg. ...... i . gag orders reqtl [r/g ..... " cloudy and win' .r hls goe ......... Rb'bert Mime suppression of evidence, on everywhere. Still a Clio This willful compromise of haman health and safety spurred the passage of legislation to ensure public disclosure and protect whistleblowers. The world's human population has more than doubled since the 1970s. Species extinction is unprecedented. Environmental problems have increased, perhaps exponentially. Climate change and global warming are the new "buzz" words. Environmental concerns worldwide led to the creation of Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Now, 44 years later, Earth Day is a reminder that there is still much more to be done. Faith Strailey Quincy Tic-tac-toe Back when the revised general plan was in the fmal stages of approval, the environmental section got me pretty spooked, so I did more research. I found that AB 32 -- The Global Warming Solutions Act -- has the same language as the GP. It calls for California to reduce GHG by 60 percent within 20 years and by 83 percent by 2050. This does not mean the State of California. It means you. At the same time, no viable alternative technology is offered to ease the transition. The EPA and every other alphabet, unconstitutional agency is shutting you and this country down with the concept of "climate change." Yet, on almost any given day, one can witness the "aerosol" trails left by jets or by mountaintop generators. Today is mild, some cumulus and some that look like a smoke cloud (fake). Yesterday we could have played virtual tic-tac-toe. Don't roll your eyes and chuckle -- that's enough already. Use your senses, research geo-engineering and get with it. You want to talk climate change? Start with a sunny morning, add a dozen criss- cross vapor trails, stir lightly disbeliever? Tell me where the jets originate and land. Explain why sometimes the skies are quiet and other random times it is rush hour. Right at the top of Reno is Desert Research Institute -- weather modification has been their thing for quite a while. If you faux environmentalists are going to.yap about global warming and make us devolve by reducing GHG emissions by 60 - 83 percent, then first learn about geo-engineering or stop defending it. Let's get active, and stop geo-engineering. Then, maybe, we can discuss Use of public funds As the watchful eyes of our elected officials look at the economic indicators for their next budget, the minds of concerned citizens need to examine the discretionary use of public funds. Most of our fees and taxes go into the general fund. This policy gives our elected oit'mials the power to use this fund at their discretion. The Great Recession impacted the revenue to these funds. Property tax revenues are still down but there are signs of recovery. Sales taxes are See Letters, page 13B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact/ U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TrY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-60( Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOE Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 288! Chum Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 307C Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. E1 Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center. 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 I temsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.