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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 5A je plan spray Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews,com First it was the Storrie and Rich fires, and now it's the Moonlight. Plumas County property owners are objecting to the U.S. Forest Service plan to use herbicides to eradicate noxious weeds in burn areas. "People don't want herbicides in the watershed," said Supervisor Lori Simpson who addressed the item during the board's Sept. 1 meeting. She said she talked to District Ranger Mike Donald and he assured her that the Forest Service would be implementing a variety of treatments on 500 acres per year, with the herbicide application limited to 250 acres each year. "Generally, chemical treatment would be considered if other treatments have been deemed ineffective or infeasible," read the official notification asking for public comment. "Neither aerial herbicide application or direct application to water would be used." The county's agricultural commissioner, Tim Gibson, supported the action and said that an herbicide was the only effective way to deal by contacting the project Storrie and Rich Fire area with some noxious plants, leader, John Slown, at invasive plant projects He urged the supervisors to 406-329-3749 or by email at formally in writing and in support the Plumas National jslown@fs.fed.us, meetings with Donald. Forest's efforts. Comments on the proposed The Storrie Fire burned Board Chairman Kevin project should be received by about 56,000 acres in 2000 Goss said that the area to be Sept. 18 and may be and the Rich Fire burned treated in the Moonlight fire submitted via marl, fax or in approximately 6,500 acres in is, "right behind my house," person to Michael Donald, 2008. The Forest Service and he had already heard District Ranger, c/o Mt. received $102 million in from one constituent who Hough Ranger District, 39696 settlement funds for the has an organic farm and is Highway 70, Quincy CA, Storrie fire and $17.3 million concerned about the 95971. The fax number is fo~ the Rich fire to help potential effects of herbicide 283-1821. restore the landscape. treatments in the area. He Comments may also be "It is a bitter irony that the encouraged her and other emailed to: agency designated as interested members of the comments-pacificsouthwest-stewards of our public lands public to make their plumas-mthough@fs.fed.us, is proposing to apply concerns heard. Plumas IPT Project should herbicides onto those very A notice of the proposed be written in the subject lands in an effort to comply action is available online at line. with the determination of fs.usda.gov/project/?project the chief of the Forest =46877. It may also be Not the first time Service that, 'invasive reviewed at the Mt. Hough John Cunningham and species are one of the four Ranger District on Highway Sharon Taschenberg and greatest threats to forest 70 west of Quincy, or at the their neighbors on Rush health,'" Cunningham and Beckwourth Ranger District Creek Road on Highway 70 Taschenberg co-wrote in on Mohawk Road in west of Quincy know the comments back in March of Blairsden. Additional drill. 2014. "So to 'save' the forest information may be obtained They commented on the from the menace of invasive Banner project accepting applications The Highway of Heroes banner project is accepting applications to sponsor a pole banner on Highway 70 throughout downtown Quincy during the month of November. The Heroes project is scheduled every year during the month of November and is intended to honor the service of veterans. The deadline to submit the application, photo and payment is October 15. There are a limited number of poles, and applications are being accepted on a fin'st-come, first served basis. Applications are available at the local office of PG&E, 435 Main St.; Bank of America, 350 Main St.; or via highwayofheroes@att.net. For more information, call 394-7985. The Friday, Aug. 28, full moon over East Quincy displays a classic lunar halo, also called a moonbow. Folklore says that a ring around the moon predicts rain. There was a trace of rain in the area the next morning. 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"Any spraying of chemical compounds near any water source will endanger animal as well as human life, for many occupants of the Rush Creek neighborhood rely on the Rich Gulch/Rush Creek watershed for domestic water source," wrote Jan Cappleman. "Any spraying near any water source would be a danger." Despite such concerns, the use of herbicides is included Richard K. Stockton, CLU ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic. #0B68653 Providing Insurance & Financial Services 65 W. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0565 = Fax (530) 283-5143 www.dchardstockton.us WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE in the final environmental assessment for the Storrie and Rich Fire Areas Invasive Plant Treatment Project released in August. "I just feel like we're being steamrolled," Cunningham said. It makes us feel powerless as individuals," his wife, Sharon Taschnberg said. "They ask for comments and then they ignore them." The couple worries about the effect of herbicides on bees, butterflies and blackberries, among other concerns. The final environmental analysis addressed the concerns submitted by all of the respondents and discussed the feasibility, effectiveness and safety in using herbicides when other approaches are deemed inadequate, ultimately opting for an approach that includes the use of herbicides. And those savings could add up to $600" So put your Auto and Renters together with State Farm and let the saving begin. GET TO A BETTER STATE? CALL ME TODAY. for your next adult or kid function... CALL FOR MORE SPORTS BAR LOUNGE ; Main St, QuinC~, 4 ~L