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16B Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DONKEY WALK. npagelB loaded onto railcars. Pieces of water pipe cut from steel sheets and riveted together onsite lay defunct on the forest floor. Lawson said a 17-mile ditch and pipeline once transported water from Silver Lake for hydraulic mining purposes. Water was also diverted from manmade Smith and Snake lakes for mining. Along the trail, Lawson pointed out remnants of these ditches, dams, railroad trestles and log landings, as well as viewpoints and other places of interest. One hiker, natural resources advisor Mike De Lasaux, gave impromptu lessons about the mixed conifer forest the hikers walked through. He pointed out spotted owl calling locations and explained how researchers use voca calls to locate owls. He said once owls are located, researchers return to the site and feed the owls mice by holding out a stick to which a mouse is clinging. The owl swoops down and grabs the mouse, then takes it back to its nest to feed its young. Researchers are thus able to record the location of nests and tally the number of owls in various locations. De Lasaux spoke about various tree species that make up Sierra Nevada forests. He enumerated features of the five major conifers found in the mixed conifer zone in Plumas National Forest between about 3,000 and 4,500 feet in elevation: ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fh-, Doughs fh- and incense cedar. De Lasaux also spoke about fire ecology and how the Quincy Library Group has positively impacted forest fire policy in Plumas and across the country. He pointed out areas hikers passed where fire suppression efforts created important Rrebreaks. After enjoying lunch at the Snake Lake campground, the tour participants continued over to Smith Lake. Lawson related that the fn'st dam built at Smith Lake was destroyed by an earthquake in the 1870s, causing flooding down Spanish Creek that washed debris all the way up to Lawrence Street in Quincy. The hike continued down Wapaunsie Creek, weaving along a narrow trail and through the shallow creekbed back to Snake Lake Road and the bike's end at Bucks Lake Road. Future donkey walks are being planned, Lawson said. Hikers must be members of the museum association. Call 283-6320 for more information. A' narrow channel of water is free of the aquatic plants that clog Snake Lake each summer. The lake is a haven for wildlife year-round. Photos by LaiJra Beaton Mike De Lasaux, one of the donkey walk hikers Scott Lawson, leading Bonita, precedes "Sam who happens to be a local natural resources Lawson leading Alice as hikers prepare to advisor, tells the group members about the follow on the museum-sponsored guided day mixed conifer forest that they are traveling hike to Snake Lake, Smith Lake and through not far from Snake Lake. Wapaunsie Creek on Aug. 8. OLYMPICS This August 23, 2014 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lassen County Fairgrounds 195 Russell Ave. Bring your family and join us for fitness, food and fun! Medals wilt be awarded Hula Hoop demonstration to competitors in Dandy the Smokeless different events Dragon and Jeremy Germ Nine-hole Frisbee golf Educational booths Emergency vehicle displays Fun activitiesl from the California Highway Bounce City, water slides, Patrol and other local obstacle course, scavenger hunt law enforcement Pirate Mania Dental Health Screening Soccer Camp by Indfan Health Services *Reminder to bnng swimsuits and towels for the waterslide. *There will be an extra bus stop for bus transportation. event is brought to you by the Banner Lassen Medical Center Foundation, Inc, with support from Banner Lassen Medical Center. m 0 O Do you know what to do with leftover cans of paint? With PaintCare, recycling unwanted paint, stain and varnish is simple and convenient. Bring them to your local drop-off site and we'll take it from there. A Beckwourth Trail marker includes a snippet Hikers examine remnants of a donkey engine from the journal of an 1852 traveler. Donkey sled used to drag huge logs from the forest. walk hikers traveled along the Beckwourth Other logging-era debris, such as a collapsed Emigrant Wagon Trail and parts of the trestle, was found scattered through the narrow-gauge railroad grade of Spanish Creek forest not far from the trail leading to Snake Lumber Co. ~ Lake. M ng to be h Id next week for in in native plants Ever wonder what that plant along the side of the road is? An upcoming meeting will connect folks with a shared interest in native plants. The introductory meeting is set for Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Quincy library, 445 Jackson St. "Why learn about native plants?" asks organizer David Popp. "They are all around us and most of us do not know about them or how they live. "The native plants of California are unlike any others in the world. We have a unique climate that selects which plants can live here." The Mediterranean climate of Plumas County is characterized generally by wet winters and dry summers. Because of local Leaking, unlabeled and empty containers are not accepted. Sites have limits; please call ahead to check hours and whether the site can accept your amount of paint. mountain terrain, the full effects of the Mediterranean climate are tempered with more precipitation and exaggerated by a rain-shadow effect, creating/i a desert-like climate to the far east of the county where" sagebrush elements start to: appear and then dominate. "Native plants are adapted to use less water and are a good choice for landscaping," said Popp. "They generally require less maintenance because they are adapted to the local environment, resulting in little if any fertilizer use and time taking care of them." Native plants have also developed their own defenses against many pests and diseases. Wildlife like birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, reptiles and mammals gravitate to them because they have "grown up together through time" and have adapted "like they were made for each other." Native plants support the environmen by providing habit for each other and other organisms. "We havea great diversity of over 6,000 species in California with over 2,186 documented in Plumas County with still more to be found," said Popp. "If you hear the wildflowers calling your name, you should show up at the Quincy library Aug. 27." The meeting provides an introduction to link together people and resources that have a curiosity in native plants. "Come connect with local - people of common interest to share knowledge and learn," said Popp. "Help plan field walks and other events."