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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 15B H EART K, from page 1B high-density forest composed of small trees, said Jury. -Instead of being used as a tool, fire has been avoided for over.100 years. Jury said the current forest condition is unhealthy and prone to insect outbreaks and unc.ontrolled fire. Trees compete for sunlight, water and nutrients; and many older trees never get the chance to grow big and strong because of it. Drought has also increased stress and mortality. By thinning the forest, the land trust and other volunteers say they are improving watershed health and forest resilience. Volunteers have been thinning the forest by hand, removing small trees that are unable to thrive in their current environment. A reductiOn in the amount of biomass in the forest also means wildfire potential has been reduced. Fewer trees in the forest means more water for other plants, wildlife and people, said Jury. He said rather than avoiding fire, the land trust is embracing it. Volunteers are using underburning practices to improve the forest ecological health. Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forests evolved with fire and Native Californians used fire to increase ecosystem biodiversity and productivity, said Jury. Undergrown trees populate the Heart K forest before being thinned~ by Feather River Land Trust volunteers and other organizations. Photos by Samantha P. Hawthorne The ranch is home to 884 acres of oak woodlands, old-growth conifer forests, riparian woodlands and mountain meadow habitats, as well as Taylor Lake - a serene escape encompassing 80 acres of the ranch. He said usifig frequent, faded away. low-intensity fire is a Without their connection least-cost method for clearing to the land, the Maidu vegetation and is much less suffered poor health due to expensive than mechanical a loss of traditional foods thinning or fire suppression, and practices. As of June, approximately The restoration of the 50 acres of biomass piles have "Heart K will allow the Maidu been burned and 70 acres to reconnect with their have been thinned, ancestral land. The Maidu are working with the land Maidu and TEK trust in using traditional The Mountain Maidu Were ecological knowledge to help pushed off land like the restore the land to its Heart K during the Gold once-pristine condition. Rush and subsequently their Through the Greenville and language and traditions have Susanville rancheria fire Trees in this area of the Heart K forest thrive thanks to thinning efforts by a variety of Plumas County organizations and volunteers. crews, the Maidu are beingbeing made based on science employed to assist with and periodic monitoring. underburning and other work. Funding In 2012 and earlier this Before the land trust year, Maidu elders and FRLT purchased the Heart K, it was land managers came together at risk of being divided up and at the Heart K Ranch to sold into private ownership. discuss traditional ecological The nonprofit was able to knowledge and how to apply secure a $2.6 million bridge it in today's world, loan from the David & Lucile Final decisions on how to Packard Foundation. The loan best care for the forest are was paid off in May 2011 with help from hundreds of individual supporters, the National Conservation Board and the Northern Sierra Partnership. To help in its restoration and conservation efforts, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy donated $232,750, Toyota Together Green donated $63,206, the National Resource Conservation Service donated $46,287, the National Forest Foundation donated $23,438, the Morgan Family Foundation donated $5,000 and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. donated $1,000. Over 800 volunteer hours have been spent in the field, valued at nearly $20,000. Play day Guests are invited to visit the Heart K on Oct. II for a day of volunteer work, tours, fun and socializing. The annual Heart K Play Day will fea re several informative tours, bike rides, volunteer work projects and a big barbecue. Events start at 9 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. A barbecue lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Volunteers eat free. Adults who RSVP before Oct. 7 pay $20. After Oct. 7 the price increases by $5. Kids 10 and under are free and students are $10. Proceeds benefit the Heart K restoration projects. To reserve tickets call 283-5758 or email kkleven@frlt.org. For directions to the Heart K Ranch visit frlt.org. Lara Eichenberger Special to Feather Publishing It has been fascinating to watch the progression of Phil Gallagher's artwork at Main Street Artists' Gallery over the last five years: from symbolic Hawaiian petroglyphs to abstract segmented color fields to stylized Porsche engines to metal sculptures of animals arid tor b . Thick, rig .... October show, however, goes in a totally new direction that is a challenge to categorize. Some of the works are quite large, others long and narrow, but all are [etailed in a surrealistic fashion that requires study and exploration. This leads to the discovery of surprising figures, organic elements and a tumultuous sense of movement portending either chaos, hallucination or some impending apocalypse. The viewer can find faces, torsos, airplanes, tunnels, tiny plant-like objects and organic elements all swirling in a tornado of energy and in rich swaths of brilliant color. It is tempting to create one's .... own story from this soulYof organic symbols, giving rein to the subconscious and finding narratives in these dense compositions. The artist calls this new style "gesture drawing" -- in which figures simply happen without forethought. They may be recognizable or not and are open to multiple and constantly changing interpretations. Also featured in this show is the somewhat simpler triptych from which the current larger, more complex pieces evolved, culminating in what the artist calls "a new direction with punch": organic, random like nature, yet with an underlying order. Unlike traditional landscapes or figure drawings, GaUagher's new work stretches the boundaries and blazes fresh trails in combining both figurative and abstract art, resulting in these extraordinary pieces that lend themselves to careful study and are sure to leave the viewer in awe. They are a testament to the artist's creativity and his tireless exploration of new and unique ideas. Also appearing in October will be Chicago artist Jaroslava Kuchma, returning to MSA with a striking display of photos repurposed through the use of string and pattern weave structure, an unconventional art form. And, in observance of Halloween, Trish Atiken from Genesee will present her assemblage of handmade and very fanciful hats. The opening will be held Friday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served. Phil Gallagher calls his newest painting style "gesture drawing" -- the viewer can find figures and objects swirling amid color and energy. 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