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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 15A Im ays I re anger Sweat & smiles: Plumas Charter School students hike Sierra. Buttes The Plumas County Fire Safe Council with the Feather River Land Trust, Feather River College and Spatial Informatics Group are hosting a free screening of the documentary "Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future" on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m at the West End Theatre in Quincy. Pizza will be provided. Four years in the making, "Wilder than Wild" is a one-hour documentary that reveals how fire suppression and climate change have exposed Western forests to large, high severity wildfires, while greenhouse gases released from these fires contribute to global warming. This vicious cycle jeopardizes our forests and affects us all with extreme weather and more wildfires, some of which are now entering highly populated wildland-urban areas. There is much at stake. Landscapes that store water and carbon, produce oxygen, and feed and shelter a diversity of wildlife are at risk. "We are losing forests at a rate which is causing them It's the time of year when the early mornings and late evenings mean putting on an extra layer of clothing, but "Don't let the cooler temperatures fool you," warns the Lassen-Modoc Unit of CalFire. Fire danger remains high. Lack of precipitation this summer has made forests and grasslands extremely dry. The following activities can start wildfires, which can destroy homes, threaten lives to be a contributor to the problem of global warming," says Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board. According to fire historian Stephen Pyne, "Forests .should be renewable, but with climate change and all the other problems that are going with it, we could gee a large-scale conversion of forest -- the equivalent of clearing it." Highlighting these issues with personal experience, fdmmaker Kevin White takes us on a journey from the Rim Fire of 2013, which burned 257,000 acres in the central Sierra, to the wine country wildfires of 2017, which destroyed 9,000 buildings and killed 44 people. Along the way, learn how the proactive use of prescribed fire can reduce reliance on reactive fire suppression, see a California tribe renew their tradition of cultural fire, and meet stakeholder groups working with scientists and resource managers to build consensus on how to restore and manage the lands. A preview can be viewed at: and damage natural resources: - Sparks from chainsaws - Discarded smoking material ,Fireworks - Abandoned campfires - Hot vehicle exhatlst systems - Welding So don't let the weather fool you; cooler temperatures do not mean less risk of fire. Continue to be fire safe -- not sorry. Junior high students from Plumas Charter school's Quincy learning center, joined by teachers and parent chaperones, celebrate hiking the 5-mile Sierra Buttes Lookout Trail in September. "1 look forward to this hike every school year," said teacher Hannah Stewart. "1 enjoy challenging students and smile every year when every single student reaches the top." An additional challenge awaited them: To the left, approximately 200 steps lead to the fire lookout, which offers spectacular views all the way to the Central Valley on a clear day. "This annual hike gets our kids outside and gives them a sense of accomplishment," said PCS Executive Director Taletha Washburn. "They get to know each other and our beautiful mountains." Photo courtesy Plumas Charter School umas The PlumaS District public schools, Bird Days in local schools Environmental Education Plumas Charter School andThe education committee Program (PEEP) aims to help Plumas-Sierra 4-H to develop at PAS is connecting with youth explore and connect curriculum for K-12 youthyouth in Plumas County. with their local ecosystems, that, through the lens ofPlumas Audubon has natural resources and public "Birds and Climate Change," conducted numerous lands; make associations offers locally relevant and school-wide "Bird Days" at about the health of their place based learning while at the following schools: surrounding natural the same time addressing the Chester Elementary School, environment to the broader concept and Greenville Elementary communities in which they consequences of climate School and Quincy live; and then connect with change. Elementary School. and actively contribute to The PEEP curriculum is "We take over the campus their community's well-being centered on fieldtrips, and bring many presenters while also benefiting the classroom lessons and who cover topics such as environment through informal education activities, feathers, beaks, migrations service-learning projects, and service-learning projects banding, bird ID, bird flight, Under the PEEP project, that can be led by PUSD or bird sounds, drawing, story Plumas Audubon Society is PCS teachers or'by 4H or PAS telling, bird feet, eating like a working in partnership with volunteers, bird, binoculars and bird ID Plumas Unified School books. Outreach Plumas Audubon's outreach program participates in many events and schools around the county. Plumas Audubon involves adults and kids in conservation programs through field trips, summer programs, Forest Service Fan Festival', Plumas County Children's Fair, Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail, fishing derbies and more! For a calendar of upcoming events, current news, to sign up for notifications, and to learn more about what the Plumas Audubon has to offer, visit II monitoring Victoria Metcalf : reportingat the site. Assistant Editor Explaining the company's background Perreault said that the company met the Gas monitoring at the required Landfill Gas Chester Landfill is now being Monitoring Plan as required monitored by a new service at by the state agency CalRecycle a cost of nearly $21,000 in 2010 through December 2021. According to CalRecycle A contract with Vestra regulations Plumas County Resources Inc. was approved must conduct quarterly by the Plumas County Board monitoring and annual of Supervisors at the reporting on the site. Prior to recommendation of Plumas hiring Vestra Resources County Department of Public public works staff has Works Solid Waste Division conducted the required Director Robert Perreault monitoring, Perreault under the consent agenda explained. Tuesday, Oct. 2. "Vestra staffare qualified to Under the agreement Vestra conduct the required Resources is in charge of monitoring, have prior required gas monitoring reporting experience with compliance, sampling and CalRecycle, and have the t al lity to perform sampling during site visits concurrently with other contracted landfall services," he said. The bottom-line is that public works[ solid waste division doesn't have qualified staff to do the monitoring and reporting, Perreault explained. Public works' solid waste division has the funding available to meet the $11,000 as needed for fiscal year 2018-19 as well as future costs, he said. Currently, the Chester Landfill accepts green waste, but is closed as a garbage dump. 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