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12B Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter. Public invit d to join ffort to maintain As summer eases into its prime, the smoke from surrounding fires reminds us that Plumas County is susceptible to fire as much as any other forested area. So far this season, we have had dedicated people working to keep wildfires at bay and we have been fortunate. Our local forest conditions have been well assessed by a variety of organizations over time; and as we understand the need for forest restoration, we still struggle with inventing ways to achieve our goal of returning our mountain ecosystems to a more resilient and balanced state. The formation of a collaborative group has been a key answer to help guide this struggle and already the potential of this group is being proven. The Feather River Stewardship Coalition, WHERE I STAND Plumas National Forest will .............................................. soon begin revision of the RACHAEL NORTON Forest Plan, the overarching PLUMAS COUNTY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL OUTREACH SPECIAUST formerly the Plumas Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Group, has only been formed since January of this year, but already, a small and dedicated group has been convening monthly to cultivate the idea of a group approach to forest management. The timing of this assemblage couldn't be more appropriate, nor the need more of a priority. With the Resilient Federal Forest Act working its way through Congress and requiring collaboration on decisions for public land is just one very important reason on a national level. Locally, the planning document that defines the vision, goals, and protocol for the Plumas National Forest. Formation of this plan will be most successful with collaborative input, and the document produced will guide all future projects on the PNF for years to come. If that isn't reason enough for a collaborative group, the Plumas National Forest is also applying for categorical exemptions to the National Environmental Protection Act process on select projects, allowing treatment of areas under 3,000 acres that meet forest health criteria -- an exemption that can only be used when projects are developed with a collaborative group or with the help of the Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee, which has yet to be reassembled. Anticipation of these recent developments has inspired the Plumas County Fire Safe Council, U.C. Cooperative Extension, and the Plumas National Forest to convene with concerned citizens, industry professionals, community representatives and county officials to form the coalition. The FRSC has developed considerably since this spring, with a vision "... to restore and maintain forest ecosystems, landscape processes, and community vitality in the upper Feather River watershed." Currently, the FRSC is working to develop a charter to further def'me the roles and participation of the group. More exciting is the decision to apply for grant funding this summer from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to treat public lands in Plumas County that may otherwise not be funded for treatment. The FRSC is pushing forward with this call for action, spurred by the obvious need for land management, and the recent developments in legislation and local planning. The FRSC urges other groups to join our collaborative effort to build a stronger, more unified presence in public land management here in Plumas County and the Feather River Watershed. Our current group is a knowledgeable and dedicated collective of individuals, but we could have a louder voice in management decisions if we had input from other organizations and groups, bringing all land management efforts from different perspectives together to work towards a common goal. Plumas County needs an effort that unifies the work of these separate groups, creating a more effective and holistic solution to our land management issues. If each local organization with environmental concerns looked beyond their niche, we would all see that our efforts are overlapping in goals and spatial context. Please consider joining us on Aug. 19 at the Quincy Library from 6-8 p.m., or visit us online at plumascollaborative.org to learn how to attend the meeting virtually using our Adobe Connect service. With your participation, the FRSC has the ability to become a pivotal influence on land management in Plumas County and the Feather River Watershed. We hope to see you at Our next meeting. "onal er ispel common lig nnng i The month of August are too far away from one of does not store electricity. It usually presents prime these options, you have no is perfectly safe to touch a conditions for good alternative. You arelightning victim to give them thunderstorms in Northern NOT safe anywhere first aid.. This is the most California. outdoors, chilling of lightning myths, Lightning strikes produced Myth: Lightning never since a death can occur if by storms can be deadly. As strikes the same place twice, people are afraid to give of last week, 21 people in the Fact: Lightning often CPR. U.S. have been killed by strikes the same place Myth: If outside in a lightning strikes in 2015, repeatedly, especially if it's a thunderstorm, you should according to the National tall, pointed, isolated object, seek shelter under a tree to Weather Service. The Empire State Building is stay dry. The NWS urges people to hit nearly 100 times a year. Fact: Being underneath a take precautions when Myth: If it's not raining or tree is the second leading thunderstorms are in the there aren't clouds directly cause of lightning casualties. area. The following are some overhead, you're safe from Better to get wet than myths and facts produced by lightning, electrocuted. the National Oceanic and Fact: Lightning often Myth: If you are in a Atmospheric strikes more than three house, you are 100 percent Administration: miles from the center of the safe from lightning. Myth: If you're caught thunderstorm, far outsideFact: A house is a safe outside during a rain or thunderstorm clouds, place to be during a thunderstorm, you should "Bolts from the blue" canthunderstorm as long as you crouch down to reduce your strike 10-15 miles from the avoid /nything that conducts risk of being struck, thunderstorm, electricity. This means Fact: Crouching doesn't Myth: A lightning victim staying off corded phones, make you any safer outdoors, is electrified. If you touch electrical appliances, wires, Fun to a SubgtNh you'll be electrocuted. TV cables, computers, or hard-topped vehicle. If you Fact: The human body plumbing, metal doors and windows. Fact: Height, shape and Windows are hazardous isolation are the dominant for two reasons: windows factors controlling where can shatter during a lightning will strike. The thunderstorm; and in older presence of metal makes homes, in rare instances, absolutely no difference to lightning can enter through where lightning strikes. cracks in the frames of Mountains are made of windows, stone, but often get struck by Myth: If thunderstorms lightning. When lightning threaten while you are threatens, immediately take enjoying outside activities, it safe shelter and don't waste is okay to finish them before time removing metallic seeking shelter, items from your body. While Fact: Many lightning metal does not attract casualties occur because lightning, it does conduct it people do not seek shelter so stay away from metal soon enough. No activities fences, railing or bleachers. are worth death or life-long Myth: If trapped outside injuries. Seek safe shelter and lightning is about to immediately if you hear strike, lie flat on the ground. thunder. Adults should Fact: Lying flat increases ensure that children seek your chance of being affected shelter quickly, by potentially deadly ground Myth: Structures with current. If you are caught metal, or metal on the body outside in a thunderstorm, --jewelry, cell phones, Mp3 keep moving toward a safe players or watches, for shelter. example -- attract lightning. Myth: Lightning flashes are 2 to 3 miles apart. Fact: Outdated data suggests successive flashes are 2 to 3 miles apart. New data shows half the flashes are about 6 miles apart. The National Severe Storms Laboratory report concludes: "It appears the safety rules need to be modified to increase the distance from a previous flash which can be considered to be relatively safe, to at least (6 to 8) miles." Separate fact from fiction during a thunderstorm. Do seek safe shelter as quickly as possible. Don't assume that lighting will not hit in the same location. Do stay away from metal structures. Don't take shelter under a tree. By following these simple guidelines, the frequent thunderstorms that occur in Plumas: gt luring :,, summer.mom, s don't-ha e.,T to be a deadly hazard. Birthday Birth Anniversary I## Graduation V New Job or Promotion Any Other Special Occasion Y )OTH ANNIVERSARY!!! William ("Bill") and Angela Elliott's family wish to congratulate them on 50 loving years of marriage The couple met on a blind date while they both attended Sacramento married on July 18, 1965 in Sacramento. The bride's brothers sent a telegram on their wedding night proclaiming,"Minister not ordained. STO~HaveAngela home by midnight. STOR/' A~r~p~te~e honeymoo t tl WU They sp~~r~the~mmchildren, Kevin, David and Ju~ ~Ik~--'~ss Valley area, where Angela has family tie'~J~Tn 1987 they moved to Quincy, where Bill worked with the community as President and CEO of Plumas Bank, and Angela taught English at Quincy Jr./Sr. High School. Now both retired, they enjoy being more deeply involved in community and church activities. They also love traveling, spending time appreciating the outdoors, and gathering with friends and family. Both known for their integrity, their faith, and their loyalty and service to others, they have touched many lives over the years. Their children, in particular, are grateful for their legacy of love and commitment. Bill and Angela will celebrate ~ theiranniv yin ..... Mammoth Lakes with family, including their children, David and his wife . . 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