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8B Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Jim Wilcox, senior projectwetlands, most of which lie methodhe employed ... was coordinator for the Pit National Forest Giant and other birds. and program manager at in the Feather River water- revolutionary for our t]meResource Conservation Dis-Sequoia National Monument. would have to say the Plumas Corporation for theshed along the Sierra Nevada andplace." trict in Bieber, Calif, "His This was wayout of his terri- biggest impact Jim has had, Feather River Coordinated in northeastern California. . Wilcox's projects have enthusiasm for meadow tory, and required many based on his work, ishisexem- Resource Management There is no secret formula achie.ved their goals, noted restoration and willingness to hours of driving and personal plary willingness to take the group, will receive the presti- to successfully bringing Dillingham. "Decades-dry educate others about itledme days to insure success." risks needed to accomplish gious 2010 National Wetlands life back into a parched, de- meadow soils are now re- totake a course that hetaught Some of his recent work toreal improvements on the Award for Conservation and graded meadow. Wilcox notes hydrated ... Riparian vegeta- last year. It was by far the increase the natural waterground," said Gia Martynn, Restoration at the National that the most interesting tion thrives and replaced the most enlightening experience storage capacity in the Sierra watershed coordinator for Wetlands Awards ceremony challenge in each effort is sagebrush with astonishing ofmy professional career."Nevada has spurred effortsFeather River CRM. May 19 in Washington, D.C. "how crucial it is to deci pher, speed. Ducks, beavers, fish Wilcox has worked with by other organizations to Always dedicated, Wilcox He was chosen out of a understand and incorporateand riparian songbirds now many groups, oftengoing the work collectively to reach a continued to volunteer on competitive nationwide field the uniqueness of each land- claim habitats previouslyextra mile. In working with goal of augmenting the natur- projects for six months, when for his innovative techniques scape into any plan for limited to upland sagebrush, the Fly Fishers For Conserva- al water storage in the Sierra a lack of funds required and willingness to go the restoration." The beauty of lush wetlands tion, Inc., several project man- by more than 500,000 acre-feet Feather River CRM to tem- extra mile for meadow and "When I was a district now provides stunning con- agers decided to leave, putting of water for California needs, porarily lay off the entire river restoration, ranger," said Angela Dilling- trast to the dry forest uplands the project in doubt. "When Wilcox has designed or as-staff. "His passion for this Wilcox, of Taylorsville, has ham, Forest Partnership for the recreating public." the future of this project was sisted other practitioners with work is well translated to designed and completed more Coordinator for the ForestColleagues and partners on the line, Jim did not shirk projects that not only provide those he interacts ,with than 40 successful projects Service, "Jim was project speak glowingly of Wilcox's us, instead stePping up and increased storage capacity at a through his eageriaess to thathave restored 48 miles of lead for multiple projectsknowledge and willingness to shouldering much of the fraction of the cost of building share what he knows and has stream channels and riparian within my jurisdiction ... The go the extra mile. "I first weight;" said Jayne Ferrante, a new dam, but also created learned through 20 years of habitats. He also pioneered goal at (two of them) was to learned of his restoration conservation chairwoman significant benefits for ripar- restoration practice, and his the use of the pond-and,plug raise the water table in these efforts while reading infor- for the organization "His ian-dependent species, such continued commitment to technique in California, suc- heavily degraded systems to mation promoting the efforts commitment ensured the as at-risk amphibians, Call- monitoring projects even cessfully restoring 3,400 acres their pre-disturbance eleva- of the Feathe River CRM," success of the restoration Of fornia native trout popula- when there is nolonger fund- of meadow floodplains and tions. The (pond-and-plug)said Todd Sloat, watershed Big Meadows in Sequoia tions, the willow flycatcher ingtodoso." Paid Political. Advertisement Donate. Volunteer, Organize www.ChristinaBilleciForAssembly, com Christina California State Assembly 2010 FPPC #1320388 Paid for by the Committee to Elect Christina Billeci to the California State Assembly District 3 - 2010 • • • i i l i ,I m l i I i i i ~l | i. i i i • I n i i • i i i i i i • A LE ER TO OUR COMMUNI FROM NORTHEASTERN RURAL HEALTH CLINICS.., We would like to share with you several changes occurring at Northeastern Rural Health Clinics recently. First, we have undergone a change in leadership. The Board of Directors and staff are re-focusing our efforts to provide the highest quality health care services to our patients. • In the past year, we have lost staff and closed our satellite clinics• This has reduced the number of available appointments and affected our ability to accommodate new • patients. We are now actively recruiting forflve medical providers and a dentist so that • we can accommodate all the patients who would like to utilize our clinic. We are restoring our health education program, which provided valuable services such as • smoking cessation and diabetes support groups. There are more changes planned and We will keep you informed as we are able to finalize these plans in the future. Second, our ability to remain in business and serve our patients, regardless of their • insurance status or ability to pay the full cost of their care, depends on receiving timely • • payment for the services we provide. In the past months, we have been forced to write • off many thousands of dollars that could not be collected from patients who had • • received, services. We can't survive when we can't pay our own bills• We are thankful • for our federal grant funding, but it only comprises about 11% of our total budget - our " • ability to stay in business depends on an efficient system for collecting what is due for • • our services. • So, we will consistently remind patients of their responsibility to .pay their+ portion of their . • bill, at the time the service is provided. Of course, we know that not all patients are • financ lly able to pay their full bill; this is why we offer a discount fee program that : • requires documentation of the patient's financial status so that we can determine how , • much of the bill should be discounted. If you would like to take advantage of this ' • program, please bring in the appropriate paperwork to demonstrate your financial • situation. • We provide services regardless of ,the patient's ABILITY to pay, not their WILLINGNESS to pay. So, please be prepared with your co-payment- whether you • have insurance, Medicare, Medi-Cal, or whether you are receiving a discount on your " bill. We have a Patient Accounts Advisor who will work with you on payment • arrangements for larger bills, but the responsibility for payment remains with you. And, • we do appreciate the patients who pay us promptly - fortunately these folks are in the • majority. Finally, we would like to thank you for the support you have shown us through the years. We are a non-profit community health center that has been in business since 1977. As a major private employer, we take very seriously our role of primary health care provider in Lassen County. We serve over 14,0.00 individuals each year. When we have needed help in the past, you have always come through for us. So please know you and all of our community partners have our appreciation, and we look forward to serving you long into the future. mmmi Janet Lasick, Chief Executive Officer, and the Board of Directors of Northeastern Rural Health Clinics: Karen Grosz, Carol Montgomery, Jon Nakanishi, Richard Hrezo, Mike Stark, Pare Robbins, JoAnn Villalovos, Eula Johnson, Jean Coye, Stephen Taylor 1850 Spring Ridge Drive, Susanville (530) 251-5000 mm mm CRM, from page 1B third parties." He said CRM did its own research to demonstrate the effectiveness of its work and has been reinforced by the findings of outside agencies, which have also had favor- able outcomes.. He argued that the more the group can prove projects were benefiting users down- stream in the rest of the state, "the'more likely we are to continue to be able to provide these resources to the com- munity." Wilcox said for the most part CRM concentrated on its research as a selling point, although he added that allies like Supervisor Robert Need help CONSTRUCTION 1984 i General Building Contractor Meacher and Quincy Library Group attorney Michael Jackson advocated for it on the political stage. One of the recent projects funded by the supervisors with Title III funds was a 24-minute DVD that CRM created to attract funding and help people in other areas start similar efforts. The DVD has been very successful, with a six-minute clip featured on PBS in early 2009, "and the entire film being selected for the 2010 Wild and Scenic Environ- mental Film Festival in Nevada City earlier this year. Perhaps the most timely research project for CRM is a recent study it did, which demonstrates that three meadows it worked on were storing 100 tons of carbon per acre, on average, compared to 35.9 tons, on average, in eroded areas it hopes to work on in the future. Those numbers suggest CRM s restoration of an acre of land equates to taking 12 cars off the road for an entire year. With the ongoing national discussion of carbon offsets and the possibility of a cap- and-trade market in the US, CRM is hoping it can fund some of its work by proving it reduces the impact of carbon pollution creathd by other entities. Wilcox was particularly happy to find "almost all that carbon is being sequestered below ground, so in many ways it is a more secure way of storing carbon than, say, storing it above ground where it could burn or wash away." He also explained that the University of Nevada-Reno, which assisted in this initial study, was very interested in pursuing further research on the topic and was applying for grants with that in mind. In 25 years, CRM has seen some hard times, most notably in December 2008, when the state froze all bond- funded grants because of the budget crisis. The freeze left CRM with only enough funding to keep one employee on for nearly six months. Despite that hardship, the entire staffvolunteered its time to search for other funding sources and keep things on track. When the money came back, only one employee had left the county. Moving into the future, CRM has more research and more results on the grounds to vouch for its vork than any other time. The group is arguably fac- ing its toughest challenge yet: trying to convince jaded Cali- fornians in tough economic times to believe in what Sounds like a hippy day- dream come true. But, 25 years in, they aren't dead yet, and they don't plan to be anytime soon. Coordinated Resource Management will celebrate its 25th anniversary Friday and Saturday, June 11 - 12, at its Red Clover Valley I project site. I - A steering committee" meeting and project tour Friday will begin at 10 a.m., with a barbecue at 4 p.m. with a hosted bar and op- portunity to fish Red Clover Creek. Camping will be avail- able Friday night and there will be more opportunities to hike and fish Saturday. Readers wishing to attend may R.S.V.P. to feather-river-crm.org, click on 25 Year Anniversary in the main menu. all you nights us Season Now 5:00 - 8:30pro. Come early and enjoy a hike, play With ouraew baby horse, 8ellarouge. Do some fishin', or have a refreshing dip in our swimmin' pool. Kick up your heels with some line dancing and enjoy listening to some live music 'round the Ix)Mire. Enter our famous horse shoe tournaments and so much more! - we're just 10 miles out of Quincy! Reservations before Friday are much appreciated. 1-800-33-HOWDY or 283-0930 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road * Quincy, CA www.greenhornranch.com i I