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4B Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter I Miriam S. Cody Lunder presented examples of disaster on their lands and fit Staff Writer other collaborative efforts in them into the puzzle of parcels mcody@plumasnews.com California. He said currently that the council deems in need the fire safe council is focused of treatment. What do you do when the on getting more members of "Fire doesn't follow cost of preventing forest fire is the community, especiallyProperty boundaries," said higher than one organization private landowners, in on the Lunder. "It doesn't care about alone can manage? Mike De conversation about treating ' federal versus private lands. It Lasaux, chairman of the forest lands, goes where the fuels are." Plumas County Fire Safe '!We're all a part of this While Lunder said the Council, believes the answer landscape," Lunder said. council has over 200 private lies in teamwork -- "What Can we do to make land landowners allowing the collaboration, that is. management more effective in council to engage in treatment On Wednesday, Feb. 25, De these regions? How do we work on their properties, one Lasaux met with Greenville engage residents?" member of the public Fire Chief Jim Hamblin, Lunder envisions finding commented, "They don't trust Plumas National Forest better ways to use the timber you. I'm sorry:" prescribed fire manager Ryan salvaged from the forest floor, Lunder said he seeks to Bauer, PNF Ecosystems Staff possibly by reviving an old educate PeOPle on what is Officer Nancy Francine and mill site or sending materials done to treat lands and how it others to discuss and present out to be processed-- which benefits them. to the public certain ideas to would boost the local protect Plumas forests and economy. Collaborative Forest communities from fire. Also, more forest treatment Landscape Restoration To get the funding needed projects getting funded means The CFLR Act was passed in for treatment, which consists more local jobs getting 2009, providing federal of clearing underbrush and created, funding to collaboratives often burning, more than one Lunder has a contracted nationwide with similar forest organization will need to work position working for the restoration goals. The CFLR together. The fire safe council council with all kinds of other Act only funds 10 projects per is calling this effort the groups to educate people. The year nationally, and only two "Collaborative Forest council specifically wants to per region per year. Landscape Restoration reach out to private Although there is up to $40 Initiative." landowners to help them million allocated each year, Council Coordinator Nils reduce the potential for projects must be large scale and the organizations that are without users leaving their $1,500 to $2,000 per acre, awarded funds must match home. nearly the cost of buying the the funds dollar for dollar. The interactive map not land! How'e;cer, she said, that That is why, Lunder said, a only lets users plot fire price tag is a lot cheaper than collaboration of many dangers, but can report the putting out actual fires. agencies is needed to come up history of an area, whether it Bauer, who spent most of with the money, has been treated and whether his career with USFS in the The CFLR Act has it is historically prone to field of fare suppression, said benefitted 23 forests across the forest fire. he wants to focus more on United States, including four Norton said she is always prevention now. projects locally. These are the happy to meet with members"From my perspective, all Lakeview Stewardship of the public and show them the components are there landscape, Burney Gardens,how to use the map. right now. All the pieces are Dinky Landscape Restoration The "resources" tab on thein place. All we need is a Project and website will lead you to acollaborative effort," he said: Amador/Calaveras forum for conversation about He said about 60 percent of the restoration, forest management. Plumas National Forest landscape needs to be treated Forestry online USFS pitches in to reduce wildfire risk Rachael Norton, Plumas Francine and Bauer effectively. County Fire Safe Council expressed their support of the Once treated, an area is outreach coordinator, created coliaborative, expected to be relatively safe a website to use as a platform Francine said, "This kind of from fire for about 15 years. for communications about the work is not just professional, The collaborative will also collaborative. Check out it's also personal," describing look for ways to extend that plumascollaborative.org tohow she sought out her job in timeframe and educate parties sign up for the email list -- or Plumas County specificallyresponsible on how to even to identify an unsafebecause she loved to vacation maintain land. forest area. here. There is another meeting of The website is designed soShe cited an experience ofthe collaborative tonight in users can locate a potential wildfire coming within 1,000 Chester at the Veterans fire hazard area in the forest feet of her home. Memorial Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. or on private land, and then Francine said bids for theFor more information, visit bring it to the awareness of treatment work that needs to plumascollaborative.org or the council. This can be done be done sometimes come in at plumasEn'esafe.org. League of Wornen.Votee celebrates anniversaries The League of Women years ago, in 1965, the Voting communities affected by the Voters of Plumas County Rights Act was passed by election and give candidates reports 2015 marks several Congress, ensuring the right the opportunity to define their important anniversaries for to vote for all citizens. Then, positions, face their opponents voters and especially for in 1971, 18-year-olds became and answer questions from women voters. Ninety-five eligible to votes, the audience. years ago, in 1920, the League Locally, 2015 marks the 25th The league does not endorse of Women Voters was year that the League of any candidates. One public founded. The initial mission Women Voters of Plumas forum provides nonpartisan of the league was to educate County has been an active information of the impact of, and empower the women of force in the community. Inballot propositions. Partners the United States who had just those 25 years, the local for forums have included gained the right to vote with league's election forums have Feather River College. the passage of the 19th become an integral part ofCreating an active and amendment. Since then the voter education in Plumas informed electorate is central League has opened County, said organizers. The to the mission of the League of membership to men. Fifty forums are held in all Women Voters. The annual essay contest reaches out to the next generation of voters. Young adults of high school age are asked to research a controversial topic and to write an essay taking a position on that topic. The local league meets the fourth Wednesday at the Quincy library meeting room. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. with a guest speaker. The public is encouraged to attend. Anyone interested in joining the League of Women Voters can call Kathy Price at 283-1195. Don't wait until the last minute! I John Roman, C.P.A. 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It provides drinking water for 23 million people and irrigation water to the nation's most fertile agricultural land. Climate change, catastrophic forest fires and ongoing drought are placing this important region at risk. The impacts to forests, habitat, agriculture, public health, energy and safety are far reaching. On March 4, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, in partnership with the United States Forest Service, will launch the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program in a half-day summit called "Save California: The Urgency to Restore Our Primary Watershed." The agenda includes a stakeholder discussion to craft solutions that will restore the forests and watersheds of the Sierra Nevada and make them more resilient to changing climate stressors. The summit's outcome will highlight multiagency consensus on the strategies that will comprise the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program. The summit is set for today, Wednesday, March 4, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., in Sacramento. It will be held in the East End Complex across from the state Capitol and Department of Health Care Services at 1500 Capitol Ave. Presenters and discussion participants include the following: --Jim Branham, executive officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy. --Randy Moore, regional forester for the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service. --Barnie Gyant, deputy regional forester for natural resources for the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service. --Hugh Safford, Ph.D., Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service. --Leland Tarnay, Ph.D., interagency smoke ecologist, Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service and Yosemite National Park. --David Edelson, Sierra Nevada project director, The Nature Conservancy. --California Natural Resources Agency. --California Air Resources Board. --California Forestry Association. --Sierra Business Council. --Association of California Water Agencies. --The Sierra Fund. --California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. --California Department of Fish and Wildlife. --Department of Conservation. , --California Environmental Protection Agency. --California Department of Water Resources. Images will be shown of forest devastation, wildl'n-es, dried meadows, before and after shots of the Sierra Nevada and more. About the Watershed Improvement Program The Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program is a coordinated, integrated, collaborative program to restore the health and resiliency of California's primary watershed through increased investment and needed policy changes. The WIP builds upon the broad consensus that more must be done to restore Sierra Nevada forests and watersheds. The pace and scale of science-based ecological restoration needs to dramatically increase in order to stem the tide of large, uncharacteristic wildfires and further degradation of these ecosystems, This comprehensive effort is being organized and coordinated by the state's Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the federal United States Forest Service, in close partnership with additional federal, state and local agencies, and diverse stakeholders. For more information about the WIP visit sierranevada.ca.gov/wip. About the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Created in 2004, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy is a state agency whose mission is to improve the environmental, economic and social well- being of the Sierra Nevada Region. The SNC has awarded over $50 million in grants for projects to protect and enhance the health of California's primary watersheds by improving forest health, remediating mercury contamination from abandoned mines, protecting critical natural resources and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Funding for these projects came from Proposition 84 passed by voters in 2006. The Sierra Nevada Region spans 25 million acres, encompasses all or part of 22 counties and runs from the Oregon border in the north to Kern County in the south. The region is the origin of more than 60 percent of California's developed water supply. Additional information can be found at sierranevada.ca.gov. About the Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. Forest Service Nearly half of the total 100 million acres in California is managed by the federal government. The Pacific Southwest Region manages 21 million acres of national forest land in California and assists state and private forest landowners in California, Hawaii and U.S.-afffliated Pacific islands. Eighteen national forests are located in this region: in the North Coast, Cascade and Sierra Nevada ranges and from Big Sur to the Mexican border in the South Coast range. Randy Moore has served as Pacific Southwest regional forester since October 2007. The Pacific Southwest Region is commonly referred to as Region 5 (R5). i