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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 7A Tours of areas along Red Clover Creek, where the earliest Feather Management projects have succeeded and failed, will be included Monday, Nov. 19. Photos by Heather Kingdon River Coordinated Resource in an outing scheduled for l Alicia Knadler vation Service staff mem-cited issues such as appar- Indian Valley Editorbets Ceci Dale-Cesmat andent structural failures, re- aknadler@plumasnews.com Dan Martynn. ductions in stream flow and Ford called for a moratori- changes in aquatic biology More meetings and tours um on the method until and habitat. have been set due to pond- there is more study on their "We were trying to reset and-plug turmoil and roles efficacy, as previously re- the process, visit the sites between the Feather River ported, and gauge what we all were Coordinated ResourceMan- From the natural re, seeing," Beckwourth Dis- agement group and Plumas sources standpoint, theretrict Ranger Deb Bumpus Corporation directors, are other alternatives, like said of the recent Last Several group members, grazing practices, which Chance tour. stakeholders in the ranching have proven successful. Hydrological information community and others re- Dramatic results wouldn'twas presented by Plumas cently attended a tour of the be as fast, though, as with National Forest Hydrologist Last Chance Phase II pro- ponds and plugs in the most Joe Hoffman and Plumas ject, where there has been severely eroded sections of Corp. Program Manager Jim an outcry of protest among the creek. Wilcox. downstream ranchers. The risks don't outweigh Different solution alterna- A few agency people are the benefits, according to rives were discussed, includ- also.unsure about the effica- Plumas and Sierra County ing rock structures in the cy of ponds and plugs, District Conservationist Dan creek, even combinations of including Plumas National Martynn. more than one method, in- Forest Supervisor Earl Ford, In an email to more than eluding ponds and plugs. Natural Resources Conser- 200 interested parties, he Bumpus said there was urnln With last week's storm and the ending of fire season, Cal- Fire has lifted the ban on open burning. Consequently, many Plumas County resi- dents are beginning their an- nual ritual of open burning. Residents are burning piles that were created over the summer from establishing or maintaining their defensible space. Unlike other counties, open burning is still permit- ted in most of Plumas Coun- ty. Fire Safe Council mem- bers want to encourage Plumas County residents to burn safely in these beautiful fall days and help reduce smoke impacts in the com- munity. One of the best ways to create less smoke is to burn only dry cured fuels. It is best to cover piles that have cured all summer with a waterproof material so that the material burns hotter and more quickly. Any plas- tic covering material should be removed before igniting the pile. Covering a pile ensures the pile stays dry and conse- quently the fire will burn faster and hotter and will consume more of the materi- al. Wet wood takes longer to burn, requires additional chunking and produces more smoke. Allow wet piles to dry before igniting them. If they are soaked from the recent storms it may be best to coy, er them and burn in the spring. Burning during periods of wet weather will also lessen the risk of an escape and the distance smoke travels. The worst thing residents can do is try to burn wet uncovered pries or, worse still, rake up. New Stock for Fall! Jeal'18 Sweaters Coats Shoes / Iy Sisters Closet ur wet needles and leaves and try to burn them in a pile that will smolder for hours or days. The Plumas County Fire Safe Council is also announc- ing its regularly scheduled monthly meeting to be held Thursday, .Nov. 8, at the Plumas County Planning & Building Services office, lo- cated at 555 Main St. in Quin- cy, from 9 to 11 a.m. At the November meeting .the council will be dis- cussing progress in current wildfire mitigation projects and implementation of the Community Wildfire Protec- tion Plan. The Plumas County Fire Safe Council is a coalition of citizens, businesses and rep- resentatives from local, state and federal government agencies that share a com- mon interest in preventing loss of life and minimizing loss of property from wild- land fires. The mission of the council is to "reduce the loss of natural and manmade re- soarces caused by wildfire through Firewise Communi- ty programs and pre-fire ac- tivities." For more information on the council, Plumas County's Community Wildfire Protec- tion Plan and other fire safe or weather information, visit plumasfiresafe.org. Pet Care Services Pet Sitting Day Care Exercise Programs Pet Transportation Discounts given for shelter or rescue animals Holiday Gift Certificates Available Lazy B Pet C=re l ervices 530-616-0154 Bonded, licensed ~.,a~ ..~" & insured www.lazybpetcareservices.com ~ Marisa Busselen, Owner ...... : Quincy Elks Lodge Rib Cook Sunday, Nov. 11 .... : =:: :~= z = :~::;~:::~:== s= ......... Come enjoy the food and bid on our silent auction items! Special "People's Choice" Award, Best Jalapeno Poppers, Tasting Kits Available for a small fee Contact John or Tracy Wixted @ 283-2265 for applications. Entry deadline is November 1st This event will be held at the Quincy Elks Lodge #1884 2004 E. Main Street, Quincy good feedback given on fish- to discuss what the execu- entrance to Gahsner Air- eries and for birds, tive committee role shoidd field. "We wanted that opportu- be. At the same time, the nity to have a good honest From their separate meet-Feather River Coordinated discussion," she said, and ings last month, there is def- Resource Management exec- thinks everyone had theirinitely a divide to be utive committee will meet in say. crossed, the Plumas County Planning Another tour to look at Plumas Corp. directorsareOffice at 555 W. Main St. two of the earliest pond-and- ready to spread their wings, Plumas Corp. directors plug projects was set for Fri- now that they are no longer- will convene to the planning day, Nov. 9. But there was a tied to Plumas Couhty viaoffice for a closed-door meet- conflict with another meet- contracts for economic and ing with the executive com- ing, so the new date will be tourism development, mittee to discuss and clarify Monday, Nov. 19, with de-They can look elsewhere their roles. tails still in planning, for their work, which is now Committee members will At the suggestion of ranch- solely based on natural re- also review budget spread- er Heather Kingdon, partici- sources, sheets and Indian Valley is- pants will.also visit nearby They are facing politicalsues. areas on those projects problems, opposition fromThe Feather River Coordi- where there were failures, groups like the Sierra Neva- nated Resource Management Bumpus said she looks for- da Conservancy and compe-steering committee will then ward to seeing those areas, tition from the Natural Re- meet in the Quincy library since some rehabilitationsources Conservation Ser-at 1 p.m., followed by dinner work was accomplished vice, as well, in their transi- at Moon's. there since it flooded last tion away from their previ- All meetings will be open year. ous focuses on Plumas Coun- to the public, except for the Meanwhile, Plumaa Corp. ty economic development one with closed doors. It's directors and Feather River and tourism, unclear yet whether those Coordinated Resource Man-Plumas Corp. directors doors will be closed in viola- agement executive commit-will meet in Quincy on tion of the Brown Act, since tee members will meet to-Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m., the agenda hadn't been post- gether behind closed doors at their offices alongside the ..... ed as of press time. Saturday, November 10 llam FREE to FRF members! $'5 for non-members This is an amazing 1.5 hour energy-filled class! Join the fun with Alaka'i Kealoha & Christina Kimmel ! Feather River Fitness 336 Crescent St., Quincy Mon-Fri., 5am-8pm Weekends: 8am-2pm I I I I I1[1111111i!11 III [I III I I II I I I [I I DeMartile Automotive kills wetlands! No not really! We have just finished paving. our driveway & parking lot. SAVE sale I II II I I [ IIII I 10% during our passenger and light truck winter tireI and on all repairs $250 or less now through 12/31/12 I l[ II I I I I I 283-2211 200 E. 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