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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, May 19, 2010 7B SNAKE, from page 6B The Snake Tree, a gathering place for several generations, now lies surrounded by fence and posted on every face to deter any woodcutters or scavengers who rnight want to steal the people's heritage. ~i i~ i i?~!iiiill The snow has melted and scenic Squaw Valley is peace- fully quiet on an early spring morning, yet there is also the feeling of burgeoning growth preparing to burst forth as soon as the sun warms the earth, Photos by Richard McCutcheon I People gathered beside the Snake Tree for souvenir photographs even back in 1910. The large Jeffrey pin~ directly adjacent to the Snake Tree was cut and removed by the Clover Valley Lumber Company in the early 1930s. Photo courtesy of the Plumas National Forest • |m I r: The Department of Fish and Game has completed the translocation of 15 Pacific fishers to the Sierra Nevada in portions of Butte, Tehama and Plumas coun- ties. This cooperative pro- ject by DFG, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sierra Pacific Industries and. North Carolina State University is part of an ecological study that may help the species reoccupy part of its former range. Although fishers have successfully been reintro- duced in other states, this is the first effort of its kind in California. The nine female and six male fishers released this winter were in captured in northern by the female fishers. California and n~oved to In April, DFG employees property owned by SPI, a located the nine female fish- pri~ate timber company, ers by flying over the Stir- Most of the translocated ling area and listening for fishers have remained in signals emitted by the the general vicinity of the transmitters. The signals release sites and are being received indicated that all monitored by Aaron Facka, were alive. Male fishers are a Ph.D. student from NCSU, wearing special collars that and DFG employees. Access- link with satellites and auto- ing the remote sites in the matically send information Sierra Nevada where the about their location via fishers were released has e-mail. Next winter, re- been extremely difficult due searchers will continue to to deep snow and trees top- track these, as well as 15 pled during this winter's more fishers planned for cap- storms. Facka and his crew ture and relocation next fall. use snow machines, ATVs Radio-tracking from the and flights in a DFG air- ground has led researchers plane to follow signals emit- to five of the females, each ted by transmitters carried in a hollow tree, that may li rnl have given birth to young. If confirmed, this will represent the first repro- duction of fishers during the study and would be a significant milestone for the project. To verify the presence of young fishers, researchers have set in- frared sensitive cameras near the den trees in hopes of photographing them. Fishers are currently a candidate species for pro- tection under the federal Endangered Species Act, in the Pacific states. The state Fish and Game Com- mission is considering whether to list the species as threatened or endan- gered in California. FS 45 ; TRIMMER 95 Easy-to-use, well-balanced trimmer for homeowner use FS 40 C-E Easy2Start~ Model Available STIHLo =1899s J, ,s,,. ,. ,s,0.c., TRIMMER TRIMMER S 95 /: Versatile, st~aight-sha,t ; ~ Professionally designed S@ trimmer for honqeowner or .~~:~.~) straight-shaft trimmei~! light-duty professional use ii: ~ for entry-level !i FS 56 RC-E Easy2Start" ~: commercial users ,* Model Available ~: ;(~; LAWNGRIPS* Unique sole design for superior traction. Steel toe and shank with cushioned midsole. Men's sizes available: 7-12',14 Womens' sizes available: 6-11 ", 12 */n ha/f-s~ze increment~s BG 55 HANDHELD BLOWER HS 45 HEDGE TRIMMER 95 ! !i' Proven handheld I BG 56 C-E Easy2Start" blower at an IModel Available .,~T]/v]L~ affordable price =189 95 "~ Designed for homeowner use, ,de lightweight and - easy to use HS 45 Hedge Trimmer with 24" Blade; $3099s All prices PS-SRP. Available a', pa~ ticipatlng dealers• © 2010 STIHL PAS10 721-91013-4 MS 230 C-BE DURO CHAIN SAW 95 16" bar Duro saw chain stays sharp longer for reduced chain maintenance NEW! OILOMATIC® STIHL PICCO" Dur0 3 Carbide-tipped Saw Chain AvailaMe for se)ect Chai See vo~r participat)ng dealer i0f deta s STIHL produces saw chains and guide bars for all types of wood cutting and for most makes of chain saws. In stock'to fit most chain saws, including non-STIHL Quincy Dupont Power Tool 123 Crescent Street • 530-283-2136 dupontpowertool.net Diamond Saw Shop 100 North Fairfield ° 530-257-6232 diamondsaw.net