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12A Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2610 Feather River Bulletin Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@piumasnews.com The Plumas County Board of Supervisors (BOS) created a committee to appeal the Plumas National Forest's Travel Management Plan at a Tuesday, Dec. 7, meeting. Eastern Plumas Supervisor Terry'Swofford and Indian Valley Supervisor Robert Meacher will sit on the committee. Swofford argued the new rules would negatively affect "tourism, recreation and even woodcutting." "A lot of people in this county rely on woodcutting to heat their homes, and with this new plan, it's going to restrict a lot of areas." The supervisors have until Monday, Dec. 27, to file an appeal. Swofford told the board he discussed the possible appeal with the Sierra County Board of Supervisors chairman, Mona Hill Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com Fair board chairwoman Thelma Olson completed her term of office this month. At the end of the Dec. 8 fair board meeting, directors pre- sent elected director Howard Hughes incoming chairman and director Kenny Chance who seemed very interested, and a Lassen County super- visor who was considering the idea. The Plumas National Forest extends into several counties, each of which could make its own appeal of the ruling. "The Forest Service has not really coordinated very well with us, and by law my understanding is they must coordinate with state govern- ment, local government and Indian tribes," Swofford added: "They have asked us to attend meetings where they've told us what they're going to do, but we haven't really coordinated much." Butte County concurs Butte County Supervisor Kim Yamaguchi attended the Plumas 'BOS meeting to express solidarity on the issue. He indicated his board was already writing an appeal as vice-chairman. In addition, the board seat- ed a new director from Sierra County, Bonnie Butterfield. During the meeting, fair manager John Steffanic briefed the directors on the budget situation, estimating a $27,000 shortfall by June 30, 2011. He assured the fair board that he,s operating on a and already unsuccessfully attempted to challenge the Lassen National Forest plan. Yamaguchi agreed the "degree of participation" the Forest Service allowed other agencies in the process was less than satisfactory. He originally hoped citi- zens' and local governments' input would be implemented because of the plan's "effects on the local economy." "Maybe not all of it, but at least implement a portion of it," the impassioned super- visor said. "To date, we have not had that cooperation. We have not had that transparency, and we too have found that we have been told what would happen versus our input." Yamaguchi was particular- ly concerned about the new parking rules. The rules dictate a car must be parked within one vehicle-length of the road- way. major austerity program and hustling to book yet more events at the fairgrounds. "We're an event center; it's what we do," he said. Hughes asked supervisors Lori Simpson and Terry Swofford, who attended the meeting, what the county was going to do to help. Simpson, who sits on the county budget committee, "If you can imagine the safety issues when you're having a horse who is skit- tish about traffic going by and your other pedestrians and passengers that are load- ing and unloading, that would be a huge impact." The Butte County supervi- sor said his county made roads used by normal cars leading to public lands multi- use so off-highway Vehicle (OHV) users would have easi- er access: The Forest Service has re- fused to do the same with its roads of the same type, argu- ing there was a safety issue with having OHVs on roads used frequently by passenger vehicles. In terms of single-track mo- torcycle trials, Yamaguchi argued, "Why take away the trails that these clubs have maintained and mitigated some of the environmental issues?" The Forest Service has con- tended that many of the trails said, "Everything's on the table," by way of explaining the county has limited resources and its own budget difficulties. Butterfield asked how much Sierra County con- tributes to the fair and was shocked to learn that amount is only $5,000. Directors also considered changes to rules for junior were not created in a profes- sional manner, weren't built with containment of erosion in mind or were located in en- vironmentally sensitive areas. Forest Service response PNF Supervisor Alice Carl- ton accepted chairwoman Sherrie ThralFs offer to re- spond and dove in. "I really encourage the board to do what you feel-is right for the citizens of Pluinas County," she began. ' "From the Forest Service side, I believe we have done our best to meet the tenets of a rule that was made in order to balance access and envi- ronmental damage from cross-country travel. "I perfectly understand that the alternative that I have signed does not meet all the desires of all the citizens. "Now, do we have it all right? I'm sure that there's roads that we've missed and trails." The forest supervisor said exhibitors. After an extended discussion, the board voted to allow junior exhibitors free entry into the floriculture, home arts and 4-H skills divisions for a one-year trial. Juniors are limited to 12 entries. Directors hope to increase juniors' participation in those categories. Livestock and Art Barn the agency was already be- ginning to work with coun= ties and user groups "to look at what we've missed, what we can do in the future to ensure that we do have joint access that everybody is agreeable to and also conserves the en- vironmental resource." Meacher asked Carlton what would happen in the short term if the travel plan were litigated. The forest supervisor' said it depended on what the judge decided. If a lawsuit were filed, a judge could call for an injunction, which could put things back where they were before the plan or even back to previous con- figurations, like those that allowed cross-country travel. Conversely, she said the Modoc National Forest ap- peal resulted in cross-coun- try travel being prohibited and all of the proposed new trails denied, meaning only the normal road system was open. exhibitors will still pay a fee to enter their work and animals. Directors also selected a theme for the 2011 fair: "Pride in the past, faith in the future." The fair board meets again Jan. 26, 2011, at 4 p.m. in the Mineral Building at the fair- grounds. The public is encouraged to attend. 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