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8B Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Hoots and hollers: A surprising tour with QLG and Legacy The forest canopy has been opened to about a 30 percent cover in the mechanically thinned area of the Genesee project, which is a small area compared to those that received hand treatment. Photos by Alicia Knadier A dirt road remains in the treatment area, where there is still some burning to do, but it will remain barricaded to off-highway vehicles because that was not a historical use here. Alicia Knadler indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com A forest tour Tuesday, Aug. 10, ended in a hoot, and it wasn't from an owl. It was a shout of surprised laughter from Quincy Library Group attorney Michael Jackson. Along for the ride on the tour were Quincy Library Group members, a Sierra For- est Legacy representative, lo- cal landowners, Forest Ser- vice officers and other forest stakeholders. "Just because we're fight- ing over the forest doesn't mean we have to fight over with a huge smile for Jim Brobeck of Sierra Forest Legacy and Butte County Fire Safe Council. Brobeck, a member of the organization now in litiga- tion with the Forest Service over the 2004 Sierra Nevada Framework, had just finished sharing his thoughts about the Genesee Wildland Urban Interface Fuels Reduction and Black Oak Enhancement Project. He was impressed by the ecosystem management ap- proach to the project, which was explained in each area of the tour by Ryan Tompkins, silviculturist for the Plumas National Forest Mount Hough everything," Jackson said Ranger District. ........... I He doesn't like fiber pro- duction to the emphasis of fu- el reduction jobs on the forest. "It was really great to have Michael Jackson sharing Native American stories about histori- cal management of the. area," Brobeck said, and he envisions the project teaching people how to use fire in ways that won't hurt the land or the people. "We need to find funding," he added. "The state is rip- ping off communities by not paying for the water they use from the area; we're butting heads fighting over money and fiber." The Genesee project is a prime example of building healthy forests and communi- ties Brobeck said. He thought HEAD START OPF XTINGS for birth to age 5, and pregnant mothers. With lots of opportunity for parent involvement. • Secure and caring relationships • Self help and social skills • Develop strong sense of self and attachment there should have been even more fiber taken out of the hand-thinning area, though he knew there wasn't enough money for that. Tompkins spoke up at that point and reminded everyone how difficult it was to work in the steep and rocky terrain, especially without machines to help. In addition, there were al- ready so many piles to burn that there wasn't really any room for more. Although talk was supposed to be about the project area and whether or not treat- ments had met the purposes and goals, it was the topic of water that participants kept returning to, especially after Tompkins explained the changing ecology of the area. The irrigation system at the Heart K Ranch, near Genesee, included a trough-and-flume system all the way from Tay- lor Lake, which was historical- ly part of the ranch property, to the valley floor. It had become so leaky over its lifetime of about 100 years that even after more than $200,000 was spent on repairs with Nature Conservancy funds, water never .really made it all the way down as it had in the past. "We tried for three years in a row," said Betsy Kraemer of the Feather River Land Trust and past manager of the Heart K Ranch. She is also 'an adjacent property owner, where a pre- vious fuel reduction project had been completed. Tompkins said the water that leaked out of the ditches provided for vigorous growing conditions over the years be- fore it dried up a decade ago. The ensuing drought condi- tions stressed the trees and made'them susceptible to bee- tle infestations and death. By thinning the trees, not only were dead wood and lad- der fuels removed, so was some of the competition for water. Tompkins said the work should bring back the historic black oak and pine savannah to this south-facing hillside under Cat Rock. The thinning should also help make trees more re- silient to drought and the ever-present bark beetle, though some snags were re- tained to meet wildlife objec- tives, according to a post-tour report created by Colin Dillingham, team leader for the Herger Feinstein Quincy Library Group Monitoring Team. A big part of the talk cen- tered around the wildland ur- ban interface aassurround- ing the communities of Indian Valley and a fire safe council map that depicted almost all of the fuel reduction projects completed on public and private lands to help make those See HFQLG, page 9B FEATHER RIVER COLLEGE CLASSES COUNTYWIDE AND ONLINE REGISTER NOW FOR THE FALL 2010 SEMESTER MOST CLASSES BEGIN August 23RD Quincy Cam )us CRN 7666: Bus 121 - Intro to Entrepreneurship • 8/24-10/19 T • 5:30-7:20, Testing 207 CRN 7667: Bus 122 - Entrepreneurial Marketing • 10/26-12/14 T ° 5:30-8:20, Testing 207 CRN 7339 Art 128 - Beginning Printmaking R • 5:00-10:00, Vocl Visit us online at WWW.FRC.EDU To register contact Admissions & Records at (530) 283-0202 ext. 600 Admissions & Records will be open until 7pm, August 23rd, 24th, 25th & 26th until 5pm- 27th • Dental/Physical Exams • Vision/Hearing Screenings • Service for Children with Disabilities • Social Services for Families • Reading Readiness Activities • Meals provided through funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Aduhcare Food Program Please call for eligibility information: 257-2343 - Susanville Center 257-7530 - Leavitt Lake Center 827-2922 - Herlong Center 257-8220 - Union St. Center 832-1029 - Portola Center 283-0592 - Quincy Center 1-800-404.1242 - Business Center 251-4050 - Lassen EHS Center Eastern Plumas Health Care has a full-service laboratory on the Portola Campus capable of filling orders, from both local and out of area physicians. 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