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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, May 23, 2012 11A P G&E projec :t gives frogs a leg up A drainage culvert under Highway 70 was identified as impeding frog movement. Though they can jump down to the river, the frogs cannot jump high enough to regain the culvert and return to tributaries where they spend the winter. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Rock Creek-Cresta Ecological (PG&E) is helping frogs safely Resources Committee mem- reach new heights by address- ing an access issue to a Cal- trans culvert that runs under Highway 70 in Butte County. The foothill yellow-legged frog lives in the North Fork Feather River and nearby tributaries, some of which are within the boundaries of PG&E's hydroelectric facili- ties in Plumas and Butte counties. The frog is listed as a species of special concern by the state of California and a sensitive species by the U.S. Forest Service. The Rock Creek-Cresta Eco- logical Resources Committee is a group chaired by PG&E that includes representatives from state and federal agen- cies and recreation stakehold- er associations. As committee members were assessing pa.s- sage issues for fish and am- phibians they noticed that a drainpipe running under- neath the highway emptied out at a height of more than tht'eb Teet t86: high for the frogs to bridge. PG&E biologist Andie Her- man worked with PG&E's Rodgers Flat water mainte- nance crew to come up with a plan to help the frogs reach the 4-foot-wide culvert pipe, which leads to an unnamed tributary on the other side of the highway near the Butte- Plumas county line. While frogs could exit the culvert pipe that emptied into the banks of the North Fork Feather River, they could not get up into the pipe to reach the tributary. To remedy the problem, PG&E brought in about four cubic yards of cobble-boulders about 4 to 6 inches in diame- ter. Last week, using a crane and steel bucket, crews deliv- ered rocks to the culvert outlet and filled in the void beneath the pipe within the existing rip-rap. The maintenance of this perched pipe resulted in the rocks being piled up to the pipe edge so frogs could enter into the culvert. Caltrans as- sisted with traffic control. The work was completed in time for breeding season, when frogs leave tributaries to breed and lay eggs along the river. The project was completed by a cooperative group of North Fork Feather River stakeholders, consisting of bers the U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Fish and Game, California Water Resources Control Board, Plumas County, American Whitewater and the Califor- nia Sportfishing Protection Alliance. The frogs will utilize the cul- vert at different times of the year. Adult frogs migrate from tributaries to the mainstem river for breeding in spring. PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT #1 "We need to ask for and expect more from our leaders." 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The Ad- ministrative Study exam- ines the response of vegeta- tion and related resources to the array of forest manage- ment activities ongoing within the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Pilot Project area. The seminar will be Fri- day, June 8, at the West End Theatre in downtown Quin- cy. The program begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. The seminar program includes presentations by John Keane, a Forest Service researcher, who will describe his work associated with Cal- ifornia spotted owl habitat use and response to vegeta- tion changes caused by the implementation of the Herg- er-Feinstein QLG program. Also presenting is Doug Kelt, of UC Davis, who will discuss small mammal popu- lation dynamics research. Ryan Burnett, of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, will present on terrestrial bird population dynamics. Bran- don Collins, of Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, will discuss re- search related to fire and fu- el. Forest Service researcher Seth Bigelow will discuss vegetation dynamics of man- aged forests. Colin Dilling- ham of the Forest Service will present his fire and fuel monitoring program. UC Cooperative Extension (Plumas and Sierra coun- ties) provides reasonable ac- commodations for all dis- abled individuals to partici- pate in workshops/ pro- grams. Those who require accommodations are asked to call 283-6270 at least one week in advance. Hearing impaired people may also use the 711 Relay System to make a request. For more information, call Mike De Lasaux at 283-6125. Enjoy great food and majestic mountain views in our spectacualar Frank Lloyd Wright designed dining room and a round of golf on the recently tamed Dragon/ GolfResort NAKOMA " TEE'OFF BREAKFAST BREAKFAST LUNCH SNACK BAR APPETIZERS FRIDAY NIGHT BUFFET Mon-Sun 7:00-I0:00 Wed-Sun 7:00-I0:30 Wed-Sun 11:00-2:00 Mon-Sun 10:00-5:00 Wed-Sun 11:30-7:00 In Lounge and Patio Friday Evenings 6:00-8:0,0