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8. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Feather River Bulletin 0 n Twe Weeksl Mon.Fri: lOam.6pm Sat: 10am-4pm Sun: Closed Butterfly Valley includes a preserved botanical area where a Sierra Institute for Community and Environment tour will be held June 26. Photo submitted Butterfly Valley Botanical Area tour and Native Plant Walk set Sierra Institute for Community and Environment's Center of Forestry educational outdoor tours announced a new tour of Butterfly Valley Botanical Area with U.S. Forest Service botanist Jim Belsher-Howe. The tour will be followed by a native plant walk with Jeanene Hafen and Terri Rust. Butterfly Valley Botanical Area, located outside of Quincy, is home to the unique pitcher plant Darlingtonia californica. Butterfly Valley has an extensive history as a mining and logging locale, until it was officially designated a botanical area by the U.S. Forest Service. Mount Hough Ranger District botanist Belsher-Howe will guide guests through the botanical area, pointing out special species of plant life. Hafen and Rust will then lead a native plant walk behind Feather River College, educating guests on the ethnobotany of flora native to the area. Local indigenous people valued native plants for a variety of uses, and the tour leaders will share uses with participants. Cost for this tour is $50 per person, which includes morning refreshments, lunch, transportation to Butterfly Valley, an informational handout and the expertise of the guides. The tour begins at 9 a.m. and concludes no later than 4p.m. Visit SierraInstitute.us for more information on tours. To reserve a space or receive information via email, contact Camille Swezy at 284-1022 or CSwezy@Sierra Institute.us. PG&E flies low in Plumas County to check for drought-stricken trees In response to the drought, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is patrolling by helicopter to check for drought-stricken trees near power lines in Plumas County's Feather River Canyon and Quincy areas. Residents are advised that the helicopter will fly low -- about 200 to 300 feet -- along distribution power lines Tuesday, June 23. The flights will occur over Spanish Creek, Indian Falls, Quincy, Meadow Valley, Keddie, Paxton, Grays Flat, Virgilia, Twain, Crescent Mills, Greenville, Taylorsville, Belden, Rodgers Flat and Park Hill. PG&E is using a contract helicopter service to fly foresters to check for trees weakened by the drought. This patrol is in addition to the annual patrols PG&E does along power lines to identify trees and vegetation in need of pruning and removal. Weakened trees and branches can fall into power lines, leading to outages and even wildland fires. "The drought has weakened and killed many trees and left others susceptible to disease or insects," said PG&E Public Relations Officer Paul Moreno. "After the flights, foresters will hike to the trees in question for an up-close inspection to verify tree conditions. Once a forester confirms a tree needs to be removed, PG&E will work with the property owner to schedule a contractor to cut the tree." Consecutive years of drought have taken a toll on trees and even some trees deemed healthy six months ago have since succumbed to the dry conditions. Recent aerial patrols in eastern Tehama and Shasta counties identified more than 400 trees in need of follow.up. inspection. PG&E has several initiatives underway to help prevent wildland fires during the drought. The company has contributed millions of dollars to support local fire safe councils' efforts like chipper programs and creation of shaded fuel breaks. PG&E has also provided funding to restore Cal Fire's lookout towers and install specialized video cameras in lookouts to identify wildland fires. We Print Everything. WeU... Almost Everything. CALL OR STOP BY ANY OF OUR LOCATIONS: leF.K'mIR