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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 7B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE A perspective on wildfires and fuel treatments The Chips Fire is the most WI"IF_,R I STAND miscdoc/Fuel_treatment suppression efforts, pilot project may end, some locally-grown wood products recent example of forest fuel _effectiveness_report.pdfHowever, it is certain they object to the HFQLG strategic because of the strategic fuel treatments created by the US MICHAEL DE LESAUX .Among several findings ,the were smaller and suppression fuel reduction work -- as evi- treatments and restoration Forest Service because of the NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISORreport concluded thinningcosts were reduced because of denced by objections to the work. UC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION Herger-Feinstein Quincy Li- and surface fuel treatments the fuel treatments. Creeks II project and the Dry Over the past 15 years, brary Group Forest Recovery resulted in no homes lost on reduced fire severity; treated Fuel treatments work whenHills projects on the Almanor several lumber mills and Act Pilot Project (HFQLG) the southwest end of Lake A1- areas had the least vegetation they are constructed. Ranger District. biomass green energy facili- used to stop a wildfire, manor, mortality and resulted in re- Unfortunately, there are Unless Congress extends it, ties have closed with only 32 For about two weeks, the If there were ever a doubt taining a forest after wildfire, places where fuel treatment the Quincy Library'Group pi- percent of the forest product Chips Fire burned mostly in about the role and importance thereby maintaining ecologi- did not occur as planned be- lot project expires Sept. 30. value produced. The econom- the "footprint" of the Storrie that strategic fuel treatment cal and social benefits of a for- cause of project appeals and QLG has been working with ic constraints and courtroom Fire that burned 52,000 acres in the form of fuel breaks or est such as wildlife habitat, litigation. The size of the Congressmen McClintock, battles likely played a signifi- in August 2000. On the 18th DFPZs play, the Chips Fire recreational enjoyment, and Chips Fire might have re-Herger and Senator Feinstein cant role in high costs and day, the Chips Fire burned may convince people of the numerous other benefits and duced if the proposed DFPZs to extend the HFQLG. limited revenue. around the southern end of need for a strategic fuel break that the smoke volume was re- near Butt Valley Reservoir Perhaps with the end in The lessons would seem to Butt Valley Reservoir: When network such as the network duced significantly when fire had been constructed, sight it is worth pointing out be forest fuel management it did, the suppression effort developed in the northernreached treated areas. Perhaps the best example of the HFQLG Pilot Project ac- and strategic fuel treatment shifted to take advantage of Sierra since 1994 because of When the QLG conceived fire burning where DFPZs complished 81 percent of its on a large scale and at an ap- the defensible fuel profile Quincy Library Group coUab- the pilot project in 1994, mem- were to have been constructed acres-treated goals after near- propriate pace works. While zones (DFPZ) along the west- oration with the US Forest bers believed the investment is the Moonlight Fire. Prior to ly 15 years. It should be men- there is an urgent need for ern edge of Lake Almanor. Service. in fuel treatment before wild- the Moonlight Fire, Plumas tioned that the QLG believed more, for whatever reason, it The afternoon of Aug. 20, The Chips Fire is not thefires started would save tax- National Forest began plan- that the wildfire issue was so doesn't happen. As a result, the Chips Fire suppression of- first instance of wildfires en- payers' money over the long ning the Diamond project,urgent that they specified and net costs to taxpayers to man- fort appeared to shift to ag- countering strategic fuel treat- term by reducing suppression However, litigation on the Congress approved a five-year age national forest vegetation gressive backfiring using ments attributable to the Quin- costs. Empire Project surrounding goal to treat 300,000 acres on continue to increase, valuable HFQLG fuel treatments on the cy Library Group legislation. The last Chips Fire suppres- Quincy, the Creeks project to the Lassen and Plumas na- forests degrade and we import Lassen and Plumas national In 2011, the Forest Service sion cost reported in the daily the southwest of Chester and tional forests and the Sierrav- more wood than we could sus- forests, as v ell as private for- released a report of 20 wild- fire update Aug. 20 was more other projects planning for the ille Ranger District of the tainably produce locally. est treatments by Collins Pine fires that interacted with one than $20 million. After Aug. 20 Diamond Project was delayed Tahoe National Forest. Company and PG&E just west or more fuel treatments in the the suppression, cost was no It became a moot point after Another point worth men- CORRECTION of Lake Almanor. HFQLG Pilot Project area.longer included in the daily the Moonlight Fire. One can't tioning is that the 15-year ef- That strategy was necessary Within Plumas County, thefire update. I have sinceknow for certain, but had the fort has required more than A Where I Stand article when the threat to Canyon suppression of the Rich Fire heard the cost is now well Diamond Project been imple- $293 million in funding while published Sept. 12, "Input Dam, Big Meadows and near Rush Creek, the Silver over $30 million, merited, it might have pre- producing revenue of only welcomed as Chips F ire Prattville increased greatly. Fire near Meadow Valley and Unknown is how much larg-vented the Moonlight fromabout $24 million dollars from restoration begins" was actu- I believe it is safe to say that the Moonlight Fire all in- er the fires mentioned earlier growing to 65,000 acres and sawlogs and biomass, ally written by Plumas Na- the suppression effort-- aided volved fuel treatments. The would have been or what say- might have reduced the sup- The pilot project concept in- tional Forest Supervisor Earl by the fuel breaks and struc- report is easy read and may be ings would have if HFQLG fu- pression costs, cluded a healthy forest prod- Ford. Feather Publishing re- ture protection forces -- found at http://qlg.org/pub/ el treatments influenced Even now, as the HFQLG ucts industry produced from grets the error. "Obamacare" should be expanded, not repealed I had regarded Assembly- WI-IERJ I STAND spend 15 percent of their in- During the many months is difficult for us to accept this No, Assemblyman Logue, man Logue as a responsible come on health care -- and even the congressional committee watered-down version. It is our present system does not legislator so it was disappoint- NANCY LUND more when they are very ill. debated the issue, the private even more unbelievable that cover 90 percent of the people ing to see his name attached FORMER SENIOR SENATORToday Medicare covers peo- insurance plans not only had Assemblyman Logue's columnin California. It leaves mil- to the column (Wednesday, ple with permanent disability, a seat at the table, they were speaks for those who do not lions of people with no care Sept 5, 2012), which reads like care has been on the agenda regardless of age and still op- front and center. The insur- want to accept even these tiny except the emergency room. a typical mailing from a right for every president since RoD- erates with an overhead of ance industry got everything steps toward reform. The burden of uncompen- wing PAC. seveR. The first step was less than 3 percent, Forty-sev- it wanted, but had to accept a He attacks the law by throw- sated care means that the rest Its aim is to attack "Oba- Medicare, which only covered en years after its passage, few restrictions, ing in the bug-a-boo of Cana- of us have to pay oi" see our macare" by using horror sto- people over the age of 65. Medicare has the highest rate These changes mean that da's health care inadequacies, hospitals close. And coming ries about Canada's health Many of us remember the of approval of any program in they can no longer deny cover- For the record: The U.S. can from Greenville, I know first system. Linking the two is time before 1965, when only a the country, age to people with pre-existing match these stories of inade:, hand what the loss of a hospi- like saying that fly fishing and minority of retired people In 1965, health insurance /, ~ ~c0nditions, or set a dollar lira, ~ quate and delayed care. And tal can mean to people and the Major League Baseball are had health insurance of any was a tiny segment of theit to your medical careorUnique to us i:n ~he' United ~:~ ~' ii6niino effect it has on the en: alike. Well, they both get you kind. What a tremendous dif- economy; now it s 0ne Of the throw young people off your States, are statistics (not sto-' ' .... fire community out of doors, ference it has made to the richest and most influential coverage once they reach the ries) of families losing their No, Assemblyman Logue, What came out of Congress generations since, businesses in the United age of 22. Hooray! homes because of hundreds of we should not repeal "Oba- as the Affordable Care Act of It is not a free ride. People States. It has prospered might- For many of us who hoped to thousands of dollars in reed- macare." We should keep it, 2010 was far from what most with Medicare, half of whom ily and will do so even more see the benefits of Medicare ex- ical costs. Canadians do not and add the things that were of us had hoped for. Health earn $25,000-or-less per year, under "Obamacare." tended to people of all ages, it face this nightmare scenario, lost at the table in 2010. L E T T E R S 'r o x E E D I T O R Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone num- ber. We publish only one let- ter per week, per person and only one letter per person, per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The editor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Let- ters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e- mailed at mail@plumasnews.com Thefts ruin fair The fair is supposed to be fun. We look forward to getting together to work on the com- munity garden. The theme is announced. We brainstorm to come up with our interpretation, we plan, we shop for both plants and decorations, clean out the garden area before we begin to amend the soil and plant. Then, there are the many trips to town to water. When we arrived, we were disappointed to find that, again, plants had been stolen. This year it was a dogwood tree and some hostas. In a neighboring garden, a woman was missing some quartz rocks. Due to the thievery, we de- cided to wait until the day be- fore the fair opened to plant. Later, a friend had a hose stolen. My friend said she'd wait until just before the judg- ing to place her little antique train for fear it would be tak- en. Another had a toy truck she withheld for the same rea- son. I had purchased a copper wind sculpture, a spiral with- in a spiral, to put in the garden and then enjoy at perceive the world as he does. home. As I hung it, I said, "I You will learn about his men- hope no one steals this." Mon- tots, teachers and more. day morning after the fair we The movie explains so much came to clean up and the about this mysterious and pri- sculpture was gone. vate man. One would think People next to us said, "I that such a proud and self-con- guess we've been lucky that fident person would be we haven't been ripped DIE." pleased to reveal his past rela- Another said, "I had these tionships, school records, etc. boots in my garden and I was You will learn why he is not. afraid someone might takeLove him or hate him, this them." movie is a must-see. It is the Is this the mind-set thatbagis on which his history will should be attached to the fair? be written. Is it right that low-life, coy- The president's story is Sad etous, scum suckers steal, not and regrettable. You will leave only expensive items, plants the theater feeling compassion and decoration, but also our and sy, mpathy for him. enthusiasm to participate? If he was s)mply your neigh- The fair is supposed to be bor that would be enough. fun. It just wasn't. But because he is the most Pamela Aylen powerful leader in the world, Twain who is taking our country on a misguided and treacherous President's story is sad path based on the dreams of a We saw the movie 2016. I:father he never really knew, know. You liberals will go hy- you will also feel a deep fear per on me, claiming it's just for the future of America. another extreme right, racist Lynn Desjardin attempt to vilify our beloved Portola president. Well, go ahead. Burying USFSlet fire burn your head in'the sand is an in- Everyone knows how the telligent, rational and reason- Forrest Service fights a fire in able action, the kitchen with a backfire in That way you will not have the living room. No joke, the to face reality -- ignorance is USFS burned thousands of sometimes bliss, acres of plantations, old But you owe it to yourselves growth timber, ruined animal and your children to see this habitat and who knows what documentary, else, in their management of Much of the film is based on the fire (they don't fight the thepresident's own books and fire anymore), after all. passages are played from his USFS will not let bulldozers speeches, on ground over a 35 percent The movie explains the rela- steepness which, when ! was tionships of his parents to running skid cats (when there each other and the role models was logging), we skidded from whom he developed his ground that was 85 percent philosophies on government steepness or more! and social issues. When you don't let the bull- You see how an adorable, dozer off the low bed without a mixed race and mixed-up USFS cat boss right there and child from a broken home,he doesn't get there for two never secure with one or both days, do you think the fire is parents, raised by a host of an- going to stop and wait until he ti-American adults would comes from Washington state? Every time I see a sign that The first known food regula- says "Thank you firefightersP' tory law goes back to 13th Cen- I want to puke. In the 1970s tury England, prohibitingbak- and 1980s, if you had a fire ers from mixing ground peas that was 1,000 acres it was con- and beans into bread dough. sidered a big one. A common More appropriate to our cir- fire now might be 60,000 to cumstances are a series of 70,000acres. American government acts, When loggers did fight fire, including the Pure Food and they did it to save the forest, Drug Act (1906), Food Addi- get it out so they could get tires Amendment (1958), Con- back to their job and make sumer Bill of Rights (1962), some money. Nobody makes Fair Packaging and Labeling money on forest fires except Act (1964), and the Nutrition the USFS. It puts their people Labeling and Education Act to work! The big shots go to (1990). However, what current- the fire camp, sit on their ly is missing from our food la- butts and draw hazard pay. beling is a modern food phe- Nobody works except maybe nomenon: genetic engineer- the hot shots, ing. Genetically engineered I drove by the Chips fire foods are foods that have had camp last Saturday (Sept. 1) their DNA artificially altered and set the odometer at zero. with spiiced genes from other The camp on the right side plants, animals, viruses or measured 1.2 miles long and bacteria. some on the left too. If it didn't Corn, soy, canola, cotton- cost the taxpayers so much, it seed oil and sugar beets are would be a joke. But it's down- the vanguard, already deeply right wasteful and criminal in our food system, but at least what they do. 12 more GE (or GMO -- Genet- How come the environmen- ically Modified Organism) talists are not raising hell? foods are in the pipeline from Where is the Sierra Club, large biotech corporations. No Audubon Club, Earth First, third-party (that is, unbiased and other animal-rightsby industry) long-term studies groups, etc? I have a strong of the effects of GE food con- feeling there is a conspiracy to sumption on human health burn up all the forests in the have been done. What does USA. The USFS says the Chips this mean for our children? Fire is "under investigation" Currently 50 countries label when they know full well they GE foods. We in the U.S. have let it get out of control them- not been informed and con- selves, cerned enough. Alan Stringfellow California's Proposition 37, Quincy the "Right to Know: Label Ge- netically Engineered Foods" It's our right to know act, which will be on the No- The entire back of Safeway's vember ballot, speaks to this 14-oz. box of Toasted Oats is issue. Simply stated, we have devoted to an impressive ex- the right to know what is in planation of the "Nutrition the foods we eat. Voting "yes" Facts" label, under the head- on Proposition 37 will help ing "What's in a Label?" These preserve that right. days we take the labeling of Benjamin Sawyer what is in packaged foods (and Meadow Valley hence goes in ourbodies) for granted. But there is a history Nothing to offer to this. Either Paul Ryan didn't understand what his speech writers gave him to read at the GOP converition, he has a bad memory or worse yet, he deliberately said things that were not true. His statements about GM, Medicare, bipartisan agree- ments, the U.S. credit rating, his love of the "weak" were flatly false. Ryan blamed Obama for shutting of a GM plant in Wis- consin. Bush was president when that closed. Ryan claimed Obama was a! threat to Medicare when an! actuary assessment said hisi changes substantially im-i proved it. In reality, Ryan: would dismantle it with hisi voucher system. " ' He said Obama ignored a bi-:: partisan agreement when he himself helped kill it in com- mittee so it would not get to: Obama. He blamed Obama for the downgrading of our credit rat- ing. Standard and Poor said, "We have changed our as-: sumption on (revenue) be- cause the majority of Republi- cans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenue." Ryan laughingly said he was the protector of the weak,i when in reality he proposed a budget that would cut benefits: to 30 million Americans and! cut grants for one million stu-i dents; in the same budget, hel advocated more tax breaks for! the rich. If all the criticisms the Re-! publicans can dredge upi against the Democrats are un-: true, what do they have? Theyi certainly do not have any-! thing positive to offer. Oh, yes, of course, they have money. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsvllle~ See Letters, page 8B