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14B Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter c eate safe ti la dscai by spacing out r , attrac ve n While the manner in which Master Gardener defensible space is enforced is Oetarnrgangtsand water ;ceett orultSlandd:rfallatt to a hot topic in these parts, the Gardens evolve and avoid continuous vegetation > idea behind it is one all residents understand -- no one wants to lose a home to wildfire. Many residents, possibly ineligible for financial assistance to carry out the necessary work, are wondering exactly what they haveto do to create a fire-safe landscape. Creating defensible space does not mean razing every living thing within 100 feet of your home and it doesn't have to be expensive: Look for what burns. Regular yard maintenance will take care of short-term requirements and planning can mean less yard work in the future. Start now Prune out dead wood in trees and shrubs. Also, prune carefully to thin out new growth; don't use hedge clippers or shears -- that simply encourages more growth. Two goals here: remove fuel and eliminate fire ladders. Depending on the circumstances, thin out new foliage using bypass loppers, pruning shears or a limb saw. Create vertical gaps of at least 6 feet between shrubs and lower tree branches to help keep fire out of the treetops. GARDENING WITH ALTITUDE The better practice is to maintain a vertical distance between branches and shrubs of three times the height of the shrub. Mow grasses and pull or weed-whack weeds, especially before seeds form. Rake up cuttings and compost or otherwise dispose of them. Dead grasses and weeds are tinder waiting for the spark. Mow and trim in the morning before the humidity drops and heat builds later in the day. Keep the lawn and garden plants within 10 to 30 feet of your house well watered. Even with watering restrictions, careful water management will keep things green. Avoid watering during the heat of the day; early mornings are the best time to water. As tempting as it is to water daily for a short time, the best water management practice is to water longer and less often. Fire-safe landscaping guidelines don't have to mean a yard will be boring -- gardeners can use fire-resistant plants and safe spacing to their advantage. Graphic submitted Prune back tree limbs that overhang the house, chimney or utility lines. It's not necessary to cut down trees, just create 10 or more feet of vertical space between tree limbs and a roof or power line. Future planning Creating defensible space doesn't mean boring. Fire-resistant plants will add color and texture to your garden, in addition to storing water in leaves and stems and controlling erosion. Avoid choices that include waxy or resinous plants or plants that have a lot of fine, twiggy ' material. Instead, look for introducing more fire- resistant choices, such as buddleia, penstemon, coreopsis and a host of garden-variety flowers and shrubs can add colorful and fire-safe interest to your yard. To find a list of fire-resistant plants for our climate and elevation, visit http://bit.ly/ W8fShF to download a free copy of "Landscaping Plant Guide." The link is in the second paragraph, beginning "Download the Lassen County If your preference is for native plants, your options are endless. Calflora, at t calflora.org, catalogs native and non-native species by scientific, common or family name and there are plenty of pictures. The website cross- references annuals, grasses, perennials, trees and shrubs by county, habitat and elevation. The spacing and location of your plants.are the secret to successful and attractive fire wise landscaping. Consider decomposed granite, gravel or stone walkways and outdoor seating areas to separate plant groupings. Hardscape features -- nonvegetative landscape elements -- will act as mini firebreaks. Create that might feed a wildfire. " Your landscaping will be safer and more interesting. :i Where to look The University of California's Garden Web, cagardenweb.ucanr.edu, has free information and " d0wnloadable publications "- about defensible space and :: firewise or fire-safe landscaping, including :. "Landscaping Tips to Help Defend Your Home from Wildfire" and "Home " Landscaping for Fire." If you have questions about defensible space and firewise landscaping, email Plumas- : sierra Mater Gardeners at mgplumassierra@ucanr.edu or call 283-6572. Master Gardeners Mona Hill and Erin Rutherford contributed to this column. The University of California Master Gardener Program provides ! the public with UC research-based information about home horticulture, sustainable landscape and pest management practices. It is administered by local University of California Cooperative Extension county of]'w.es that are the principal outreach and public service arms of the university's division of agriculture and natural resources. Extra proof helps when catching limi,00:: in different waters Shotgun magazine capacity Question: I know when bird hunting you are allowed two shells in the magazine and one in the chamber. Are the rules any different when hunting big game with a shotgun? --Brian H. Answer: No, the rules are the same. The law says shotguns capable of holding not more than three shells firing single slugs may be used for the taking of deer, bear and wild pigs. In areas where the discharge Of CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Dept of Fish & Wildlife CalOutdoors@wildtife.ca.gov capable of holding not more than three shells firingsize 0 or 00 buckshot may be used for the taking of deer only Spearfishing for sea bass Question: As a spear fisherman, could I complete a two-fish limit for a boat with two divers? For example, let's say the other guy gets sick, can I go shoot a second fish for his limit of one? --Alex V. Answer: No. Boat limits only apply to anglers (hook and line fishermen). If you speared more than one daily bag limit you could be cited for taking an "overlimit" of fish. rifles or shotguhs with ..... (California-Code of ...... Fi:eetishing group permits slugs is prohibited by Regulations Title 14, section Question: I have some county ordinance, shotguns 353(b)). sponsors interested in helping host some fishing events to benefit military men and women who have returned from duty overseas and now have combat-related injuries or disabilities. Can any special provisions be made to waive license fees for the troops during these hosted fishing trips? What about for these veteran individuals who just want to go fishing on their own? Would you be so kind to explain what opportunities there may be and who I would contact? .... Randy  H. La Granada Answer: Yes, there are Advertisincl Works/ Almanor Energy Plus 3732 Big Springs Rd., Lake Almanor 530-596-3128 .... ! "t i .-.q We ask our clients how they found our phone number and 80% to 90% say they found us in the Plumas Lassen Connection Phonebook. Best advertising value for the best price. Monte Stelzriede **" 287 La'-Wence Street, Quincy, CA 283-0 Greenville, CA 284-7800 135 MaulStreet h ster A 2 11 100 Grand Ave., Susanville, CA 257-5321 01T0[I ID01111 96 E. Sierra (Hwy 70), Portola, CA 832-4646 "Free Group Fishing Permits" available allowing for free fishing under certain conditions and the requirements for these permits are very clear and specific (Fish and Game Code, section 7151 (d - e)). With this approved form, the following persons may fish under this authority: --Mentally or physically disabled people. --Active duty military personnel receiving inpatient care in a military or Veterans Administration hospital. :-Veterans with .......... service-connected disabilities. Fish and Game Code section 7151(d) allows for these special sport fishing permits to be issued to groups of mentally or physically handicapped pgople under the care of: --A certified federal, state, county, city or private licensed care center. --Organizations exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code. --Schools or school districts. Employees of private licensed care centers, tax-exempt organizations, schools or school districts are also exempt from Section 7145 only while assisting physically or mentally disabled people fishing under the authority of a valid license issued pursuant to this section. For more on free and reduced-fee fishing licenses, please go to http://bit.ly/ lkiBC'6Z::TIi Free Group ...... Fishing Permit application forms can be obtained through our license and revenue branch office in Sacramento. Carrie Wilson is a marine environmental scientist with the California Department ofFish and Wildlife. While she cannot personally answer everyone's questions, she will select a few to answer each week in this column. Contact her at CalOutdoors@ wUdlife.ca.gov. Crafters & Food Vendors Needed Event: September 20 th 9 am - 4 pm Susanville , To reserve your space call: Rhonda Fuller (530) 310-4906