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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 51] is the new gree e:00nbracing drought changes Fifty is the new 40; orange :: is the new black; and, most i importantly in California,  brown is the new green. In i:  some communities, a brown i lawn is a badge of honor. 'i Many community water i districts are also paying ,. people to replace their lawns ":i with a drought-tolerant , landscape. The average lawn ,. consumes 20,000 gallons of ) water a year. A low-water :i landscape can reduce this water use by 50 - 75 percent. -. I am willing to let my lawn  go fallow, replacing it with ' trees that I can water using my household water, recycled from dishwashing, showering and the various opportunities gleaned from waiting for water to become hot. Sometimes it takes up to a minute to receive the hot water. In that time, up to 5 gallons could be wasted or COMMUNITY GREEN PAMELA NOEL retained for outdoor watering purposes. It can also be used to assist in flushing the toilet. This graywater reuse can be as simple as keeping a 5-gallon bucket near your shower in order to catch the water while waiting for it to warm. Then, use it for flushing or watering exterior plants. We are now living with the new standards given us by our water district, as directed by a recent state order. In some areas 50 percent or more of daily water use is for lawns and outdoor landscaping. Recently State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus said, "We are facing the worst drought impact that we or our grandparents have ever seen, and more important, we have no idea when it will end." The more we conserve now, the more we can avoid harsher measures later. Last year we shared the idea of what is known as "hugelkultur," a mound that is built in order to grow vegetables, berries, fruit or other trees in a manner that conserves water. This German word, meaning mound culture, takes its name from the practice of building the mound on top of the ground, especially where soils are rocky and digging is difficult. The mound can be dug into the ground as well, when conditions permit. An experimental hugel was built lastfall outside of the Feather River College greenhouse using logs, branches and other brush found on the campus. Hugels are often covered with soil; in our case, we were able to find some turf that was being removed. We added that, face down, onto the pile of woody debris, and finally covered it with soil. Garlic was then planted into it. The idea is that the nornmt rainfall permeates the mound, decomposing the woody material, which becomes sponge-like. During the dryer months this spongy mass continues to provide water for the roots. For the first year, some additional water may be necessary while the woody mass is breaking down to its sponge-like role. I have since seen two other hugelkultur sites in the county, one of which I want to share with you. This particular site exists in Genesee, and consists of multiple hugels that measure close to 100 total feet in length. The largest hugel borders the driveway, and seemed about 40 feet in length. In it were planted a variety of vegetables and various berry bushes. Other hugels held trees and shrubs. I was told by the builder that the perennial plants tended to utilize the hugel more effectively because their root structure stays in place and goes deeper each year. Also, the roots tend to congregate around the decaying woody sponge, developing a beneficial relationship. The annual vegetables, however, need a little extra water, though much less than a typical vegetable bed. An additional positive consequence to building hugels is that they are a wonderful way to dispose of wood and branches without burning, keeping the air less polluted. If this drought continues, we'll all need to become more creative and cautious about how we use this resource. And we'll need to work with another resource-- our minds in order to appreciate the beauty of ,brown around town." Author's note: The last Community Green column was written by Katie Desmond, discussing the importance of one of our community resources, our beloved swimming facilities. CDFW announces general hunting opens soon The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that California's fall general big game hunting seasons are right around the corner. The upcoming California general deer and bear seasons are some of the most popular hunting opportunities in the state. With weather cooling off and leaves starting to turn color, autumn in California is a great time to be in the wilderness, says CDFW. General season opening and closing dates vary by zone and can be found by visiting Californians enjoy some of the widest ranges of habitat and hunting conditions in the nation. Hunters can pursue black bears in the redwood forests of Humboldt County, mule deer in thehigh desert of San Bernardino County and everything in between. While California has its fair share of privately owned land, there are vast swaths of national forest, timber lands, state wildlife areas and other lands accessible to the public that provide excellent hunting opportunities. CDFW also offers hunts on private lands through its SHARE Program and Private Lands Management Program. In addition to big game, fall upland game seasons include opportunities to hunt quail, pheasant, wild turkey and grouse. The California Fish and Game Commission also recently adopted regulations opening a year-round hunting season with no bag limit for the invasive Eurasian collared dove. California also offers coveted pronghorn antelope, elk and bighorn sheep hunts through a drawing system. Hunting for wild pigs is growing in popularity and can be done year-round. A valid California hunting license and appropriate tags for each species pursued must be obtained before entering the field. Hunting licenses and tags are available online or through a CDFW license agent. California hunters are required to complete a hunter education training course, pass a comprehensive equivalency test, or provide a valid hunter's safety certificate before purchasing a hunting license for the first time in California. Each year approximately 30,000 students complete the state's hunter education course. Hunters always have the responsibility to be familiar with state game laws before entering the field. Given the exceptionally dry conditions this year, it is even more important that people do their part to prevent wildfires. One fewer Spar k means one fewer wildfire. CDFW encourages Californians to get out and enjoy the state's unmatched wild places. Almanor boat launch boarding float removed Shallow water has prompted Lassen National Forest officials to remove the boarding float at the Almanor boat launch, located within the Almanor Ranger District. Signs have been placed at the site advising recreationists of the removal, set for today or soon after: The float will be returned when water levels make it safe to do so. The boarding float at the Canyon Dam boat launch will remain available for use. Also in Almanor Ranger District news, some campgrounds have recently closed for the season and others will close soon. Silver Bowl and Rocky Knoll campgrounds closed Sept. 10. Warner closed Sept. 17. Gurnsey Creek Campground is reopened for hunting season only Sept. 18 - 28. Elam, Alder. Potato Patch, Butte Meadows, Cherry Hill, Hole in the Ground, High Bridge and Domingo Springs campgrounds are set to close Sept. 30. For more information regarding recreation facilities on the Almanor Ranger District, contact Michelle Ahearn, recreation officer, at 258-2141. Technical questions regarding the float may be directed to Travis Szostak, civil engineering tech, at 257-2151. vile " ITIrtc force closure of hunting anc Welcome to Sierra Cycle Your LOCAL Husqvarn Dealer :Ttl 'CalifornJa Department of Fis/and Wildlife advises deer hunters to check for fire closures before heading into the field for upcoming deer hunts. Drought and extremely dangerous fire conditions have combined in many areas of the state to ignite several large wildfires in many popular deer hunting areas. Some areas of public land and roads have been closed to protect public safety. Deer hunting season opens in some of these areas over the next.,, few weeks. ' The U.S. Forest Service's ,' most updated closure * information can be found at ' Cal Fire's most updated closure information can be found at King Fire closure information for deer zones D3 - 5 can be found at Hunters are urged to check these links frequently in order to obtain the most up-to-date information. Although some hunting areas may be closed, there is still plenty of public land where deer hunters can find hunting opportunities. Detailed information and maps of California deer zones can be found at lr8b7nE. Deer season opening and closing dates by zone can be found at http://bitily/- lyjJpuO. Given the exceptionally dry conditions this year, it is even more important that hunters do their part to prevent wildfires, says CDFW. One fewer spark means one fewer wildfire. Learn more at LessSpark. Attorney at Law i . Estate Planning Probate :. Business Planning. Personal Injury . 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