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2A Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Indian Valley Record PG&E suspends timber harvesting in Humbug Valley Samantha P. Hawthorne seeking a recommendation to be completing the forest restoration year, logging operations were branches and, if feasible, Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.corn Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has decided to suspend "" further timber harvesting in Humbug Valley, pending a landansfer . recommendation from the Stewardship Cotincil. - In 2004, the Stewardship Council was formed as part of the utility company's bankruptcy settlement agreement. The agreement allows for the council to make recommendations for title transfer of more than 140,000 acres of PG&E-owned land. The Maidu Summit Consortium is-cun;ently be awarded PG&E's 1,200:acre land parcel in Humbug Valley. If recommended as a land donee, the Mountain Maidu will use traditional ecological knowledge to restore the fire damaged forest. "We want to have a more organic approach to restoration. Maidu people would remove biomass through manpower and distribute it in ways that would benefit the forest. We feel this would be the best way of restoring the area," said Kenneth Holbrook, a delegate for the Maidu Summit. Last week the council members indicated they will recommendations this year. Until a decision has been made, PG&E has promised the Maidu that no new timber harvesting will occur on the land. The decision was made in part due to allegations made by the Maidu claiming that PG&E caused damage to cultural artifacts and protected sites during its 2012 emergency logging operations. If a recommendation is made to donate the Humbug Valley land, PG&E external communications representative Paul Moreno said, "PG&E will work with the donee to develop a long-term plan to complete activities." PG&E contacted the Maidu leaders May 30 to let them know that the suspension will continue through the point when the council makes a recommendation. This does not mean, however, that PG&E will cease all work in the valley. The terms of the emergency logging permit obtained last year requires the company to complete work in areas already logged. The permit.was obtained after the Chips Fire burn4d through 368 acres of the Humbug Valley land. Of that 368 acres, only 218 were logged. Due to an early winter last suspended, including post-tree-felling efforts. At that time, PG&E had promised to work with the Maidu before resuming any work. "There are still down trees in landing areas and branches and tree tops that need (to be) chipped," said Moreno. He Said cleanup will continue and the Maidu will be notified of all activity. "This cleanup activity is important to complete for both forest health and fire protection," said Moreno. He said there will be no new tree cutting. PG&E will chip the wood piles in the landings, collect tree tops and send the chips to a biomass plant. If a recommendation is not made, Moreno said PG&E will assess its options and continue to consult with the tribe on timber harvest. "Essentially the tribe will still be involved in all harvest operations," said Moreno. "Even though we would prefer to complete the work as planned, we do not believe a suspension will pose a risk to the forest. PG&E will continue to monitor the site for any changes, such as infestation or disease, that would require action to prevent further damage to the remaining forest," said Moreno. Planning commission resumes review 1959 general plan Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plurnasnews.com The Plumas County Planning Commission will continue its step back in time as it resumes a review of the county's 1959 general plan. The discussion began during its May 16 meeting and , will continue June 6. The commission is also scheduled to discgss the process that the commission will adhere to in releasing the final environmental impact report on the general plan. Assistant Planner Becky Herrin aid that she and Planning Director Randy Wilson are reviewing the final environmental document and plan to schedule a public hearing in late June or early July. "We have the draft responses and are reviewing them," she said. Wilson was scheduled to present an update on the general plan process to the Board of Supervisors during its meeting yesterday. Though it's been more than 50 years since the 1959 general plan was adopted, many of the stated goals remain the same today as five decades ago. The introduction to the 1959 general plan states: "In the state of California there still remain some areas where rapacious growth and uncontrolled development have not taken place. Plumas County is one of those areas; and it must look ahead to the future and. prepare to meet, guide and control the forces of good and bad development." It continues with a couple of objectives: "As an area possessing great timber, water and mineral resources providing opportunities for employment and industrial and recre.ation development. "As a great outdoor recreation area with unique scenic beauty, abundant fish and game, excellent climate, and year-round accessibility providing diversified recreation opportunities for not only local residents, but for the state and nation as well." The new general plan begins with "Plumas County is rich in natural resources and open space" before listing a series of facts to support that assertion. It goes on to say "both full-time and seasonal residents identified preserving open space, addressing water quality and erosion control, and managing growth as their top three issues of importance to be addressed in the general plan update." The planning commission is scheduled to meet Thursday, June 6, at 10 a.m. in the Planning and Building Services conference room at 555 Main St. in Quincy. KIDmob helps Indian Valley Academy students c00esign own work space Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.com With the help of KIDmob -- a nonprofit mobile, kid-integrated design firm -- students from Indian Valley Academy are designing a new and efficient place to work. In the beginning of May, Tyler Pew -- Greenville High School graduate and one of six co-founders of KIDmob -- coordinated three exciting workshop to engage the students. The workshops DAVI_..__DD J. HEASLETT ] Attorney Representing Clients, Trustees and Beneficiaries for: Probate, Conservatorships, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning. Also representing clients in Bankruptcy, DUI, Criminal Defense, and Business Law (530) 836-4625 www.graeaglelaw.com 6 Graeagle Village Center focused on videography, robotics and the transformation of an existing "catch-all" classroom to a new "Makerspace." Through a series of explorations, the students utilized multiple tools and mediums in order to develop their design proposals. Some tools included newer technologies such as Arduino programming, a vinyl cutter, a 3-D printer and video production equipment. The students were also encouraged to use traditional processes as part of their ; design. This included painting, sketching, photography and hand fabrication tools. Through facilitation of the workshops, a diverse team of designers, architects, contractors, fabricators, artists, problem solvers, dreamers, doers, creators, rationalists and technologists offered their expertise to the IVA students. Using the principles taught to them, the students are designing a pod that provides them a mobile workplace. The design is expected to be finalized by June 6, and, if all goes well, production will begin in August. Their "Makerspace" is a work in progress and is expected to be complete in December. KIDmob KIDmob is a Bay Area design education firm that believes design in schools is an opportunity for creative engagement and community empowerment. KIDmob workers take their passion,for teaching and designon the road to bring innovative design thinking and hands-on making to middle school students through on-site intensive workshops. They engage students in design through project-based learning. KIDmob workshops challenge middle school students to apply design thinking -- making, iterating and critiquing-- in devising imaginative solutions for community need. They strive to foster community stewardship through all of their projects. KIDmob kids develop tools for creative expression and become fully engaged in an atmosphere of learning and doing. Through understanding the built environment, exploratory use of technologies and the cultivation of teamwork skills, the founders of KIDmob intend to promote community participatory design for generations to come. The KIDmob team will be returning to Greenville in August for three weeks to test IVA's "Makerspace" design, . ..... Relating his experience in Greenville, Pew said, "Sue Weber, the director of IVA, was one of my teachers. She is also my mentor and my inspiration." As someone born and raised in Indian Valley he has seen firsthand what it means to belong to a strong community. He said he appreciates the opportunity to "give back with my passion for design, architecture and making." He added that this is why KIDmob was born. A group of students that have worked with the KIDmob program will have the opportunity to join the nonprofit in a trip to Haiti. They will get to work closely with Haitian students on localized solutions to address community need. On their last trip to Haiti, Indian Valley Academy student Dante Simon learns how to use Arduino programming tO light up light-emitting diodes on a breadboard May 14. Photo by Samantha P. Hawthorne KIDmob donated two 3-D printers to Haiti, set up an innovation lab, and taught the software to local children and adults. The trip will take place in the fall, after funding has been secured. Since it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, any donations made to KIDmob are tax-deductible. Donations are accepted via kidmob.com. "We want to grow our organization and we need other schools," said Pew. To suggest a school for participation, email kate@themob.org. 011 & Filter Speofall r.4RQUEST CXD Ceramic r-riction Disc Brake Pads sZ, e r999 Remember DADS & GRADS! Give a Gift Certificate! * Spray Tans Hair Cuts * Manicures Clothing , Tanning Bed Pedicures , Jewelry Product :iii?:!iii!!iiiiiliiiiili/iii! ::i:l=''::i::/:;*.illi .:. '!I :::::::!:::.i=.!llii:. ::i!!i : : iii:. iiiiiiiii:iiiil Ii! iiiiiiiiili!liii00lt,=!ii00!iiiii 00liii00i iiiiiii =: i Soroptimist Garden Tour tickets available! , Buy yours today! . typesetting@ pmmasnews.com