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Indian Valley Record Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 5A Airnanor rvice an groun in isp watershed rmoaoe "ByOh e Forest 5;v;r'd own Crabtree' wh has wrked Meacher and KennedyI with the Pew family for joined Pew in a Dec. 22 meet- ,,er,,,,e_, years, said he has been ing with Regional Forest committee the officer, accepts outside $ "awake nights"tryingto Service Deputy Dan Jiron in input to help formulate a odm]$ ]on/75 percent of the cedar come upwithasolution. VaUejo. meet decision, the decision is 'Tm thinking about thisKennedy said he didn't ultimately hers. wasn't there. The cruise was off." situation all of the time," he think Jiron and the Forest In rejecting Pew's claim, said to Jared. "If I'm not Service representatives at M. Kate West Chester Editor The Almanor Basin Water- shed Advisory Committee (ABWAC) will host its regularly scheduled monthly meeting tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Almanor Recreation Center, located at 45OMeadowbrook -Loop in Chester. The meeting will feature a 20-minute presentation containing information and plans for the Mountain Meadows Conservancy. Nils Lunder will be the guest speaker. The primary item of business for the ABWAC will be to approve new committee members and terms for 2012 - 14 and to vote to fill the positions of chair and vice chair. The committee members "will also hold discussion on the Dec. 20 cloud seeding recommendation they pre- sented to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. They will also discuss a re- view process for prioritizing .the Watershed Management Plan into a work plan. In other items of planned business, individual ABWAC members and committee chairs will report on items that have caught their interest. After these reports, the posted Supervisor's Corners extends an invitation to Plumas County supervisors to report on issues of interest to the ABWAC and the community. The Almanor Basin Water- shed Advisory Committee usually meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m., now in the Almanor Recreation Center. Members of the public are invited to attend both the monthly watershed meetings'find to visit the Watershed Information Cen- ter located at the Chester Library. For more information about this meeting or upcom- ing activities, call Emily Creely at 284-1022 or email her at PLEA, from page 1A sentenced in Plumas County to 30 days in jail, 300 hours of community service and three years formal probation on two counts of filing a false police report. In 2009, Posch said he was assaulted by Mexican gang members at a rest stop on Highway 147. He told police he was attacked because they thought he was another person. He was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $1,000 to that employee. In 2010, he reported a vehicle struck him in front of his Greenville residence. Deputies from the Plumas County Sheriff's Office re- sponded to Plumas District Hospital where Posch was taken, and investigating offi- cer determined his allega- tions were false. After further investigation it was believed he also fabricated the attack at the rest stop. II 10, 2012 PLUMASNEWS.COM Gee stated that it was his responsibility to cruise the timber before making his bid. "Purchasers have a duty to make their own volume estimates and not rely on Forest Service estimates When developing their bids," Gee wrote in the rejection letter to Pew. "By signing the bid form, you acknowledged and agreed to terms and conditions." After the Oct. 13 rejection letter, Pew said he met with Gee and "bled all over her desk" in hopes that she would change her decision on his claim. "After talking to (Gee), I thanked her for her time and asked her to let me know when she had made hdr deci- sion," Pew said. "Then she hands me a piece of paper (again rejecting the claim). She had already made her decision. She didn't care what I had to say." Gee said she did care what Pew had to say. "But he didn't supply me with any new information. Since he didn't provide me with anything new, I gave him the decision that had already been rendered." Gee said Pew has two options. He can file an appeal with the Civilian Board Court of Appeals, or do a federal appeal. He has until Friday, Jan. 13, to file the appeal with the civilian board. Pew said he hadn't decided whether to file an appeal. He said the process would take a long time and wouldn't solve his immediate problem. "There are many cases before the board that have Robert Meacher County Supervisor taken 10 years to settle," Pew said. He can als9 file a claim with the Forest Service for the helicopter portion of the salvage operation, which he said resulted in even more losses for his company. Pew's August claim was for the roadside and tractor portion of the salvage. Cruise review Pew emphasized the Forest Service's own cruise review Dec. 16 found that the cedar volume was less than origi- nally estimated. The review by U.S. Forest Service Region 6 Claims Forester Steve Nelson stated, "Incense cedar defect was most likely underestimated by 10 to 15 percent." Nelson's report also found "The incense cedar appears to be more variable across the sale area than the.major species. The sampling error just for incense cedar is esti- mated at 34 to 37 percent, compared to 13 to 18 percent for the rest of the species." The report added that by the end of 2010, Pew Forest Products had removed 98 per- cent of the estimated volume from the roadside hazard area and portions of the tractor and skyline areas. Nelson noted that by the time Pew Forest Products requested to harvest the helicopter areas in 2011, the volume per acre was 55 per- cent less than the 2008 cruise projected. He said there was "signifi- cant deterioration" because it was four years after the fire. However, Nelson found that the Forest Service cruises "were done properly. Pub- lished deterioration guides were used appropriately. Sampling errors for the total volume were well within our cruise guidelines." Forest Service meetings Pew has met with Forest Service representatives at least four times in the past two weeks. He was scheduled to meet with Regional Forester Randy Moore Monday, Jan. 9, in Vallejo. Three of Pew's meetings have included Plumas National Forest Deputy Su- pervisor Laurence Crabtree. Although Crabtree reminded Pew that the cruise was ulti- mately Pew's responsibility, the two agreed on some of Pew's complaints: particu- larly the lack of cedar. "Our measure of success in a cruise is total volume," Crabtree said. "Maybe that's not going to work for the future. But that's how we have operated. "But if we have species (like cedar) that are more valuable, maybe we should put more effort into cruising them." "At least get a better way to figure out the deterioration rate," Pew added. Pew's son Jared asked Crabtree, "So do you think the Forest Service did every- thing right? And it's just tough luck for us?" talking to Randy, I'm think- ing about the things he has said to me. "This is still an active contract between Randy and the (Forest Service) contract officer. Anytime I get an idea, I'll either call Randy (PEW) or Elaine (Gee). But I'm outside the sphere of that contract. "The Forest Service does not want to see your com- pany.collapse, Randy," Crab- tree said. "We know how much you have done for us:" Regrets Pew said he bid on the Cairn sale because he trusted the Forest Service's cruise es- timates.. He said that in 30 years of working with the Forest Service, he usually harvested more timber than the Forest Service predicted. Pew said part of the reason the Cairn cruise came up short was that the deteriora- tion was factored for two years instead of three. "I had no reason to ques- tion their cruise, because they have always done such a good job," Pew said. "But I've never been involved in a timber sale that had 8 million feet of cedar in it. I will say that is one thing that we didn't have a lot of experience in. If we had an 8 million foot cedar sale in the past, we would have probably known that the Forest Ser- rice's way of cruising it is wrong." Supervisors support Pew County Supervisors Robert Meacher, Jon Kennedy and Lori Simpson have attended meetings between Pew and the Forest Service to support the logger's cause. the meeting were listening. "I saw them pretending to hear what we had to say, and then saying what they had to say," Kennedy said. "That meeting was, in my opinion, a complete patronization. I think it yielded nothing. But the fight's not over." Meacher backed up Kennedy's impression of the Vallejo meeting. "We just sat there with our jaws dropped," Meacher said. "By their own admission, 75 percent of the cedar wasn't there. The cruise was off. But they don't have to deal with it because of their policies and procedures." Simpson attended a meet- ing a week later in Quincy. She said she felt the Forest Service was listening. But, like the meeting with Jiron, it didn't lead to any solutions. Sen. Feinstein responds U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein responded to a Nov. 22 letter from the Plumas County Board of Supervisors asking for her help. The senator didn't provide any ideas for a solution. But she made it clear she is concerned about the potential impact 30 lost jobs would have on Greenville's economy. Feinstein said in a Dec. 30 letter, "I am deeply con- cerned about potential job losses and am eager to help in whatever way I can as a United States senator." Feinstein said a member of her staff has been in contact with Pew to discuss the results of the Forest Service review and to discuss "options for remedying the situation." 00, The 2012-20 ! 3 This colorful publication, produced in partnership with the Plumas County Visitors Bureau, is the area's premiere guide to picturesque Plumas County. Over 85,000 copies are printed annually and distributed at more than 400 locations throughout the Feather River Country and outlying areas. The Plumas Visitors Bureau and local chambers of commerce mail thousands of these guides ,to inquiries throughout the country and distribute them at various sport and recreation shows they attend. 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