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14B Wednesday, Oct. 22,2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter J00orest Service has failed to protect homes from wildfire threat I'm writing this article because I care very much about our forests and our counties and thought all of you felt the same. I wonder? In July my son Cory (ex-logger) who has been working at Bucks Lake told me about all the white fir trees infested with the tussock moth larvae -- caterpillars -- creating a fire threat by defoliating our forests. It starts around Third and Fourth Water creeks and continues behind Countryman Estates at Bucks Lake and WHERE I STAND DONNA MCELROY FOUNDER WOMEN IN TIMBER PLUMAS COUNTY CHAPTER very close to hundreds of homes. I'm guessing about 1,000-plus acres of tinder-dry fuel are just waiting to ignite. And the La Porte Road area has 2,000-plus acres. In 1988 we had a moth infestation around Tamarack Flat, close to Meadow Valley, which was sprayed, logged and stopped shortly after it was first detected. This was a minor infestation compared to what's happening now. So why haven't these areas been treated in the same manner before it got out of control? On Aug. 13 Feather Publishing printed an article about the life cycle of the tussock moth. It was very interesting but did not tell the magnitude of how severe or how far reaching the problem is to our entire county. (In the same article, it quotes forest entomologist Danny Cluck saying, "Years ago we would have sprayed the trees with a bacteria, but in California we haven't sprayed an outbreak since the 1980s.") My heart goes out to all the other communities that have already been devastated by wildfires, as they also had the same problem as what we are also experiencing (yes, the moth). Now put yourselves in their shoes and think of Humas County. The Chips Fire consumed 74,000 acres (had moths). The Rim Fire 257,000 acres, that's 282 square Events Around Plumas County Blairsden: Eat for Health, 5:30 p.m., Wed Mohawk Community Resource Center at corner of OC'L 22 highways 70 and 89. Class with Petra Koukal, certified personal trainer, nutritionist, yoga instructor, teaches about food choices to maximize performance. Sliding scale $0 - $30. For information: 836-0446. Portola: Mental health community forum, 5 - 6:30 p.m., C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School gymnasium. Plumas County Mental Health Department seeks community input. Light refreshments served. For information: 283-6307. Quincy: League of Women Voters of Plumas County meeting, 6 p.m., Plumas County Library. Agenda includes review of recent election forums, development of policy handbook. Public welcome. For information: Kathy Price, 283-1195. Graeagle: Plumas County Republican Women meeting; 11 a.m. business, noon lunch followed by program; LongboardsBar & Grill. Ballot propositions explained; state, area candidates discussed, end-of-session reports presented. $20. Public welcome for program. For reservations (by Oct. 20): Liz Holston, 836-4428. Quincy: Mental health community forum, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Quincy High School gymnasium. Plumas County Mental Health Department seeks public input. Light refreshments served. For information: 283-6307. California Native Plant Gathering, 6 p.m., library at 445 Jackson St. Main topic: seeds. Open to anyone interested in native plants. For information: David Popp: 283-1350. "Harvey" opening night, 7 p.m., West End Theatre. Play runs through Nov. 2. Recommended for 8 and up. Tickets $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors; available at Carey Candy Co., Epilog Books, westendtheatre.us. Chester: Mental health community forum, noon -- 1:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Hall at 225 Gay St. Plumas County Mental Health Department seeks public input. Light refreshments served. For information: 283-6307. Fish fry, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 164 Main St. $8 per person. Greenville: Mental health community forum, 9 - 10:30 a.m., Indian Valley Community Center at 209 Crescent St. Plumas County Mental Health Department seeks public input. Light refreshments served. For information: 283-6307. Calpine: Plumas-Sierra CattleWomen's third annual Fall Fiesta Dinner Dance; 5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:30 dinner; Calpine Community Center. Dancing to the Simpletones, no-host bar, auction, 50/50 drawing. $15 adults, $6 children 8 and under. For tickets: Karen, 993-1655. Chester: First-ever 5K Zombie Run and Monster Mash Dance Party. Run starts 4 p.m. at Almanor Recreation Center at 450 Meadowbrook Loop. "Zombie" runners compete with "evader" runners for life tickets. Costumed dance party starts 6 p.m., includes DJ music, bratwurst, brews, prizes. $20 per person for clash or mash, $30 both. For information: yourarpd.org. Genesee: Genesee Wildfire Plan open house, 11- a.m. - 2 p.m., Genesee Store. Free lunch, opportunity for public input. For information: plumasaudubon.org/calendar. Poola: Community appreciation day, noon - 4 p.m., Feather River Food Co-op at 60 N. Pine St. Free prize drawings, samples, sales for all customers, 10 percent discount for members. For information: 832-1642. Safe Trick-or-Treat, 5 - 9 p.m., Grizzly Creek Ranch at 5900 Grizzly Road. Sierra Nevada Journeys presents Haunted Hay Ride, trick-or-treating at decorated cabins, costume contest, food, prizes, games. Free. For information: Amanda English, 775-560-6218, Amanda@sierranevadajourneys.org. Quincy: Greenhorn: Halloween party, doors open 7 p.m., Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch at 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road. 18 and up; wear costumes and prepare to glow. Cover charge $10, $5 before 9 p.m. Music, blacklights, drink specials, billiards, dancing. $25 off room reservations. For information: 283-0930. Hamilton Branch: Halloween costume party, Pizza at the Branch. Costume contest with prizes, live performance by Preacher and the Pagan, other activities. Tickets $10. All proceeds go toward Heather Stephens' medical expenses. For information: Pizza at the Branch, 596:4505. Quincy: Rockin' Halloween Bash, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., Plumas Club at 443 Main St. Live music by The Pinelli Band, costume contest, drink specials, prizes. No cover charge; must be 21. For information: 283-4094. Westwood: Inaugural Trunk or Treat, 5 - 6 p.m., downtown. Followed by Fall Carnival, 6 - 8 p.m., Westwood Community Center. Sponsored by Westwood Unified Parent Teacher Student Association. For information: Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce:'256-2456, waccl@citlink.net. Third annum Apple JOLT, 11 a,m,,4p,m,;--=:- ..... ....... -' white house across street from Quincy Natural  ' .... Foods. Apple juicing event sponsored by Transition Quincy. Bring apples, containers for juice:All are welcome. For information: Karen, 394-0269. Community appreciation day, noon - 4 p.m., Quincy Natural Foods at 269 Main St. Free prize drawings, samples, sales for all customers, 10 percent discount for members. For information: 283-3528. Parslow Vibe on stage, 9:30 p.m., Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge. Classic rock/hard rock jamband. For information: 283-9788. lndian Falls: 25th Applefest, noon - sunset, Dawn Institute 1 mile south of gardens on Indian Falls Road. Juicing apples, live music, potluck. Chester: Sierra Hospice annual board meeting, noon, education building at 150 Brentwood Drive behind Seneca Healthcare District. Chester: Soup tasting supper, 5 - 8 Sat p.m., Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 164 Main St. 01/,  Proceeds benefit Lake Almanor Elks Christmas Angels Project. 5 p.m. drinks, social hour, prize preview; 6 p.m. dinner with 10-plus soups, breads, desserts; 7 p.m. prize giveaway. Advance tickets $10 per person, available at Elks Lodge, Edward Jones office at 361 Main St. t $12.50 at the door. For information: Alice Ross, 310-5098. Lassen Volcanic National Park: California Native Plant Society outing, leaves 8:30 a.m. from Chico Park & Ride west lot (contact leader for alternate meeting site). Mount Lassen Chapter presents Drakesbad to Devils Kitchen, moderately difficult 4.2-mile round trip hike to view flowered meadows, geothermal features. For information: leader Gerry, 893-5123. Quincy: Plumas CASA orientation/informational meeting, 591 W. Main St. Prospective volunteers learn more about court-appointed special advocate program. For information: 283-2227. Portola: Plumas-Sierra 4-H Youth Development meeting, 6 p.m., C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School. Anyone interested in a local 4-H club invited to attend. For information: 283-6173. Chester: Fourth annual costume party and mixer, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Morningstar Log Furniture at junction of highways 89 and 36. Everyone welcome; includes food, bar cart. Chester:, Merchants Safe Trick or Treat, 3 - 5 p.m., Main Street. Costume contest at Good Vibrations, storefront contest, prizes. gr8 Quincy: Hoop Shoot Contest, I0 a.m., Feather River College multipurpose room. Elks host national contest for - 13. For information: elks.orglhoopshoot.cfm; Dude McMaster, 283-0670 before 9 p.m. Quincy: "The Fatal Fifties Affair." 6 p.m. cocktails, appetizers, entertainment at West End Theatre; 7:30 p.m. dinner and show at Moon's Restaurant. Feather River College Foundation presents murder mystery dinner theatre. Costume prizes. Tickets $40, available at Carey Candy Co., Moon's. For information: 283-9900. miles, and the King Fire 97,000 acres, or 151 square miles. The Forest Service motto says "Caring for the land and serving people." I'm sure we all realize that they are not caring for the land and, as far as serving people, would that be baked, fried or over easy? This is no joke, I'm dead serious. The Forest Service is playing Russian roulette with all our forests. All of us know in order to get a good hot fire going you need kindling; well, the Forest Service has defmitely provided enough of that. After watching all the terrible fires on TV and seeing the areas around Bucks Lake, Meadow Valley and La Porte Road, I decided to contact the news media numerous times -- the Sacramento Bee, KCRA Channel 3, KXTV Channel 10, KOVR Channel 13 and Fox 40 News. I complimented all of them on their great coverage on the fires burning. throughout the state. kfter they show the fires they always ask, usually someone with the Forest Service, why this fire got so hot and consumed so many acres. Their standard answer is always the same: "extremely dry." The reason I contacted all of the above was to inform them of the infestation and invite them to come to Plumas County and see for themselves what it looks like before the fire starts. So far, none have shown any interest, but that could be because they received only one call so it couldn't be that bad or important enough. Moving on, on Aug. 28 1 had a meeting with the Plumas National Forest supervisor, Earl Ford. I told him that just when I thought our forests couldn't get any worse they had. This was regarding the tussock moth consuming our forest at a rapid rate. It should have been sprayed and stopped as soon as it was spotted, like in the '80s, knowing full well the outCome for catastrophic fires. He said I was right about the lack of spraying and the fire fuel buildup. He didn't tell me that the Forest Service had not done anyspraying in California since the 1980s. (This is a repeat but I didn't know this at the time of this meeting. Nor did he tell me about something called a categorical exclusion that could be used in extreme emergency cases.) I then reminded him of the meeting in July that he and other Forest Service personnel had with the homeowners' association at Bucks Lake. They discussed fees to the homeowners and *, yellow-legged frogs. I then asked him why he didn't mention the moth and fire danger at this meeting. His  response was no one brought it up, at which time I informed him that it was his job to alert ' these same people of the hazard surrounding their homes. And at that time the homeowners were unaware of the devastation caused by the moth. ,. But the Forest Service knew full well of the danger. He said that in mid-October the Forest  Service will evaluate and check the mortality rate of the trees. He asked me what I wanted him to do and I said it , was too late to do anything at this point because the damage has already been done. Mr. Ford said they might log the area and I said I doubted it as the Forest Service is into ,, closing roads and not making , new ones and then I reminded : him we have only two sawmills in the county and a , handful of loggers left. The Forest Service mission : statement is "to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's :: forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future " generations." Look around and you be the judge. Have o they done anything positive to ' meet this statement? I can't find any of their policies that reflect their statements. For example, letting wildfires burn, anti-logging, anti-mining, anti-grazing, road closures and gates, and limited use for the public with reams of rules and regulations. Could it be the Forest Service needs to put more boots on the ground and fewer butts in the chairs? There is no question about it, they don't want us in our own forest. Is this another example of incompetence at the highest level? I vote yes! On Sept. 26 Sugarpine Aviators' Johnny Moore flew and took pictures of the areas I requested. It's far worse than any of us could imagine. Now that I'm done bashing the Forest Service, it's your turn. I know many of you have been aware of the moth as long as I have, but I haven't seen one letter to the editor or heard anything outside of when I ask you if you have seen the moth damage I hear "Oh my God" or "Why doesn't someone do something?" Remember, you're someone. Don't you care enough or are you willing to sacrifice everything you own and worked so hard for to see it go up in flames? Essay contest returns with State of Jefferson topic "Should Plumas County join the state of Jefferson?" That's the question posed by the 2014 essay contest offered by the League of Women Voters of Plumas County. Instructions for the essays are now in the hands of Plumas County teachers for distribution to students in gl:ades nine - 12, including homeschooled students. Regardless of whether they favor or disagree with the proposition, the essays will be evaluated solely on theme development, originality and clarity with points given for writing technique and manuscript appearance. A I F I I l l I I SENIOR MENU I Monday, Oct. 27 * | Egg salad sandwich, split pea soup, leafy green salad, | mixed fruit I Tuesday, Oct. 28 | Sweet and sour chicken, stir fry vegetables, brown rice, | pineapple slices grand prize of $200 and three honorable mentions of $50 will be awarded. The essays will be judged by a panel of league members. To assure impartiality, the name of the student and his/her school will have been deleted . from the manuscripts that the judges will see. . The essays must be received by Nov. 21 and may be either , mailed or emailed to League of Women Voters. Mail to P.O. Box 1815, Quincy, CA 95971 or email in Word format to lwv.plumas@gmail.com. Address any questions to Joyce Scroggs at 283-0795 or ;.. Susan Christensen at 283-2424.  Wednesday, Oct. 29 Beef stroganoff, noodles, |: coleslaw, beets, whole grain .i0 roll, sliced oranges !o m  Thursday, Oct. 30 I Chicken salad, sliced I-! carrots, bran muff'm, mixed i fruit, ice cream li Friday, Oct. 31 I Pizza, mixed green'salad, _,* steamed swiss chard, l' mixed fruit I **Vegetarian Meal' **Healthy Heart Meal I: I  !ffem's menu may contain over 1,000 mg of Sodium  l' "'Nutrition sites" C*hester, 394-7636'-;*Quincy, 283-0643; Greenvil]e'---'-_ ":' | 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832-4173; Blairsden ! - open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for reservations. Suggested- : | donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. One guest may accompany each| - senior, $6 mandatory charge. Menus may change. Noon at all sites.- E, m -- --- m m m m --- m m m m -u