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14B Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter White fir needles curl in dead wisps following a tussock moth caterpillar feeding. Photos by Austin Hagwood CATERPILLAR,,om page 1B infestation," he said. "If a private timber company really felt there was a need to spray, they could do it. They would have to hire a licensed pest control company, and the proper permit would come from our office. We wouldn't prevent that." County residents are urged to stay on watch for the insects and prevent children from touching the caterpillars' hairs in case of an allergic reaction. "You might notice some new defoliation next year," Cluck said. "But they'll probably die soon after that and we won't even notice them for another 25 years." Dominic Dominguez indicates the results of tussock moth caterpillars feeding on his trees near La Porte. Trees below 30 feet tall are particularly at risk. Master gardener training comes to area This spring Plumas and Sierra counties graduated their first group of University of California Cooperative Extension master gardeners. "These new UCCE master gardeners are quickly becoming a valuable asset in the community, sharing their home gardening knowledge and enthusiasm," says Master Gardener Program Representative Cody Reed. Now this opportunity is being offered to residents of Plumas and Sierra counties for the second time. Applications for the new round of UCCE master gardener volunteers are currently being accepted. The training will take place at the Portola Rotary Clubhouse on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 5 - Dec. 5. The Master Gardener Program is run by University of California Cooperative Extension and this training is supported by Plumas Bank. UCCE master gardeners are trained volunteers of the University of California Cooperative Extension. Master gardeners receive in-depth training from UC specialists, advisers and other professionals on a variety of topics including botany, composting, integrated pest management, soils, water management, entomology, plant pathology, fruit and ornamental tree culture and sustainable landscape practices. After completing the training, UCCE master gardeners share research-based horticultural information with the community through workshops, newspaper articles, publications, a gardening help line and other means of educational outreach. Being a master gardener is a fun and intellectually stimulating volunteer activity that allows participants to serve their community. Applications are due Wednesday, Aug. 20, and can be downloaded from the Plumas-Sierra UC Cooperative Extension website, http://bit.ly/loCK3bt, or picked up at 208 Fairground Road in Quincy. For more information or to request an application via mail, contact Reed at 283-6572 or email creed@ucanr.edu. Public invited to August Fire Safe meeting The monthly meeting of the Plumas County Fire Safe Council will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Plumas County Planning and Building Services office, located at 555 Main St. in Quincy, from 9 to 11 a.m. Council members invite folks to join them at their monthly meetings to learn more about the council's wildfire mitigation projects and the implementation of the Plumas County Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The I Don't Dump. Recyde. All transfer stations in Plums County accept used oil & oil filters. Advertising funded by a Grant from Cal Recycle Managed by Plumas County Dept. of Public Works ,,, ,,, , council currently has projects underway along La Porte Road near Quincy, and in Indian Valley. The planning process is underway for additional projects along La Porte Road near Cutler Meadows, along Highway 70 west of Quincy, along C Road and in Whitehawk Ranch. The council is actively looking for additional communities that are in need of fuels reduction treatments. County residents with an interest in preventing and mitigating impacts from wildland fires to their homes or communities are invited to become members. The council is a coalition of citizens, businesses, fire departments and representatives of local, state and federal government agencies. The mission of the council is "to reduce the loss of natural and human made resources caused by wildfire through Firewise Community programs and pre-fu-e activities." i.I- do Ig:G Claire Kepple's winning poster depicts the gold-spotted oak borer, an insect native to Mexico, Guatemala and Arizona. Scientists are working to determine why the beetle is'l;pfeading, and why it causes extensive damage to oaks in California. Image courtesy California Department of Fish and Wildlife Quincy girl named winner in statewide invasive species contest The winners of the "Race to Protect Your Favorite Place" youth poster contest have been announced by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Invasive Species Program, and a Quincy local took first place in her age division. Claire Kepple, 18, won in the grades nine- 12 division for her depiction of the gold-spotted oak borer. As part of the California Invasive Species Action Week, 34 youths from across California submitted their original artwork. Participants were asked to create original posters depicting invasive species that threaten their favorite places and how they can take action to help protect that habitat. The top three posters for each grade division were selected by 2014 In youth pos Grades tWO  e members of the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee and the poster that Wonderful Communities where I V I gP"  IPr "I ,I" __ 00oments  ___ can happ ................. : .... STONE VALLEY :' -- .................................................................................................................... . . ................. ...'7.. ALZHEIMER'S SPECIAL CARE CENTER j . ........................ We are new to Nevada, but not to providing exceptiol care ................................... for those with .dementia... 25+ years of creating Meaningful Moments . " ............................... 6155 Stone Valley Dr. 1Reno, NV 89523 l (775) 746-2200 .......................... best exemplified the contest theme was selected as the CDFW Invasive Species Program Choice Award. Jack Cart Ritchie, 8, of Half Moon Bay, was named the winner of the Invasive Species Program Choice Award. His poster depicts his family, represented by a Viking, utilizing prescribed fire, mechanical removal and goat grazing to control bristly oxtongue (Picris echioides) in Half Moon Bay. "We want to get rid of bristly, oxtongue because it takes over everywhere and its bristles can hurt people," Carr Ritchie wrote when submitting his poster. CDFW's Invasive Species Program staffeongratulates all the participants for their excellent work, and thanks the teachers, nature centers, volunteer organizations and parents who encouraged, educated and assisted the students. All submissions were on display in the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center in Gold River during Invasive Species Action Week, Aug. 2-10. To view the winning entries online, visit the youth poster contest Web page at http://bit.ly/1AOSLsB.