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6B Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter en n a ra ,ses qu Alicia Knadler Members of the Round- it," she said. "They hoped the indian Valley Editor house Council first talked Indians ended up with it and about its demise at their it wasn't just snapped up by meeting in late April, accord- someone." Folklore and frenzy sur- ing to Corla Bertrand, the Maidu elder Marvin round the recently fallen executive director of the Cunningham remembers the Snake Tree in McReynolds Greenville-based Indian late Frank Joseph talking Valley, which is just next to education center, about the landmark tree, Squaw Valley. "Everybody was sad about which is actually two trees, The Snake Tree was still standing true in the summer of 2002, when Forest Service personnel gathered for a souvenir photograph. From left are archaeologists Cristina Weinberg, Dan Elliott and Kevin McCormick For more photos, see page 7B. Photos courtesy of the Plumas National Forest :ions ure one grown twisted around down," he said. "There is an idea that it the other. When news of its demise might be taken to the Joseph once surmised that spread, there was a frenzy of Plumas-Sierra County Fair- children did it while playing, activity and visits to thegrounds," EUiott said, though or that maybe it was done to tree from various people in- there is also a keen interest create a marker for a gather- terested in ownership and for it to be located at the ing place, possibly for fall one last souvenir photograph. Indian Valley Museum in hunting parties. "All these years, I and Taylorsville. "This isall yet There is another such treemany others had presumed to be worked out, but we are about two miles away, he the Snake Tree was squarely pursuing the issue right said, though not nearly soon public land," Plumas now." defined. National Forest Heritage Pro- Taylorsville resident Loren There used to be one up atgram Manager Dan Elliott Kingdon was one of the first Round Valley. said. people to document the tree's "It's just guesswork," he But upon a Closer look, itdemise on his visit there said of tales about the tree. was questionable until per- when the snow was melting. "Nobody really knows." sonnel from the Beckwourth"There were no tracks Over several generations District took global position- made there since the snow the tree has become an ing readings Wednesday, melted," he said, and thought annual gathering spot for In- May 12. it was wind or snow that dians, settlers' descendants, They confirmed it was caused the tree to bend and and other residents and on public land, just barely, break. visitors, whether or not that Elliott said. He immediately reported it was the original intent. Regardless, he said the to Scott Lawson, curator of Cunningham himself goes Forest Service would work the Plumas County Museum, to visit the tree every year, closely with the owner of the as well as the Forest Service just to check and see if it's bordering Goodwin Ranch ffand many friends via e-marl. still there, the agency decides to go for- For more information "I'm surprised it stood soward with plans to remove the about the tree, contact Dan long with nobody cutting it tree for interpretive purposes. Elliott at 283-7774. Mike Davis, a timber sale administrator on the Beckwourth Ranger District~ posts signs prohibit- ing woodcutting on the fallen Snake Tree at the edge of McReynolds Valley. Sudoku Puzzle #1807-D Difficult ," 4 ACROSS 1. Burst of energy 6. Assist crookedly 10. Cathedral recess 14. Turkish bigwig of old 15. Wise old head 16. Churchillian gestures 17. Surrender site of . 1865 19. Added stipulations 20, Beat the bejeezus out of 21. "M*A*S*H" procedure 23. 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