LNF Safety Advisory 4/26/17

Lassen National Forest Issues Safety Advisory

SUSANVILLE, Calif. – The Lassen National Forest is issuing a Safety Advisory to all National Forest users. A succession of strong storms across the state from January through April caused extensive damage to National Forest System roads, trails and infrastructure. All national forests in California have experienced some level of storm damage.

Forest visitors are asked to be cautious and careful when out driving in the national forest, as they will likely encounter a wide range of driving conditions well into spring. Many forest roads, especially those in higher elevations, are inaccessible due to ice and snow. Downed trees blocking access and soft saturated roads in lower elevation areas create conditions where vehicles can easily become stuck. In response to the storm damage, Lassen National Forest employees are in the process of conducting initial damage assessments. Access issues resulting from road damage and snow conditions limit their ability to quickly complete the assessment.

“As the snow melts and conditions improve in the months ahead, we anticipate finding additional storm damage both on trails and roads.” Said Lassen National Forest Engineer Heather Blevins, who is coordinating the forest damage assessment efforts. “We want to take every precaution to ensure public safety.”

The impacts from the storm damage will also affect forest programs, services, and public access. Impacts will include loss of access to tree mortality mitigation projects, timber sales, communication sites, private property, and recreation areas.

The Forest Service recommends that forest visitors call the nearest Ranger Station to obtain the most current forest road and recreation area access conditions. Contact your local Forest Service Office to report damaged roads and trails. As a reminder, Zone V on the Eagle Lake Ranger District remains closed for all woodcutting.

Eagle Lake Ranger District –(530) 257-4188
Almanor Ranger District- (530) 258-2141
Hat Creek Ranger District (530) 336-5521

Repairing road damage is extremely costly and strains our diminishing budgets. Visitors out exploring the National Forest are asked to exercise good judgement while driving the forest roads. In some instances, drivers could be liable and cited by law enforcement if they create resource damage.

On The Shelf by Paul 4/26/17

Issue 2017 – 4

Poet Laureate
The Downieville Library was one of the sponsors of California’s poet laureate, Dana Gioia’s visit to Sierra County on April 4. After all the scheduled activities, he and his wife,

Dana and Peggy at the library:

Mary, were treated to a tour of the library by librarian Peggy Daigle. During the visit, Dana donated a copy of his latest book, 99 Poems: New and Selected to the library.

What’s New on the Shelf
Several books have come into the library from the collection of the late Tom Schumann, all non-fiction. They are:
The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning, by Daniel Bor
This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works, by John Brockman (ed.)
Incomplete Nature: How the Mind Emerged from Matter, by Terence W. Deacon
The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer: Close Encounters with Strangers, by Eric Hansen
Through the Great Canadian Wilderness, by Reader’s Digest
New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy, by Robert J. Spitzer
My Stroke of Insight: a Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, by Jill Bolte Taylor
The Invention of Nature: Alexander Humboldt’s New World, by Andrea Wulf
Godel Meets Einstein: Time Travel in the Godel Universe, by Palle Yourgrau

And, other books have newly appeared on the library shelves:

Fiction
The Most of Lewis Grizzard, by Lewis Grizzard (5 novels)
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
The Third Angel, by Alice Hoffman
Missing Person, by Patrick Modiano (author is recipient of 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Betrayed, by Lisa Scottoline
Loyalty, by Ingrid Thoft

Non-fiction
99 Poems: New and Selected, by Dana Gioia
If You Can’t Stand the Heat, by Fairfield Glade Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary (cookbook)
Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, by Carol J. Loomis
The Way Things Work, by David Macaulay

Book Share & Review Group
The group will be gathering on Tuesday, April 25, 1:00 PM, at the library. There is no actual group membership. The gathering consists of whoever shows up to share and/or listen. As readers of this column will know, books of all sorts have been shared in the past: fiction; non-fiction; children’s books; young adult books; seasonal books; and all sorts of others. So, whether you have one or more books that you have read which you would like to share with others, or whether you just want to hear what others have been reading, you are invited to come be a part of the gathering.

Note: SCP apologizes for posting this column later than the Book Share meeting, the column inadvertently meandered into the wrong computer file..

Lang honored at PreHospital Conference 4/26/17

Frank Lang – 40 years – Introduction by Dan Spiess, CEO Nor-Cal EMS

Frank has been in EMS for over 40 years. Currently he is a Nurse Practitioner / MICN at Sierra Family Medical Clinic in Oregon House. Frank holds a Doctorate in Health Law and is a retired Commander from the US Public health Service.

Frank has been instrumental in the creation of the non-profit organization, Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc. with a goal of restoring the availability of 24/7 Primary, Urgent and Emergency Care to the Sierra County area. Along with Sierra Frontier Medical Resources Inc., Frank supports local EMT and AEMT programs and the establishment of a paramedic program.

4/22/17 At the recent North State Pre-Hospital Conference in  Redding, Downieville Ambulance MICN Frank Lang, NP was honored for over 40 years of dedicated service to the EMS system for Sierra County.

Hat Creek Needs Volunteers 4/26/17

Hat Creek Ranger District is Looking for Volunteers

FALL RIVER MILLS, Calif., April 18, 2017-If you enjoy working with the public and care about our country’s natural resources, the Forest Service needs your time and talents. In this age of shrinking budgets and workforce, it is increasingly challenging to provide the service and time needed for the care of the national forests. As a volunteer, you can make a difference and contribute to this effort.

The Hat Creek Ranger District is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to serve as campground hosts, lead interpretive tours, and to help out at their visitor centers in Fall River Mills and Old Station, California. It is a great opportunity to meet new people, share your skills, learn something new, and take time to enjoy the beautiful Lassen National Forest.
By volunteering you will become part of an army of more than 2.8 million volunteers who, since 1972, have provided more than 123 million hours of service that is valued at about $1.4 billion. As a volunteer you have the opportunity to:

· Give back to your community
· Improve Forests and Grasslands
· Learn about natural and cultural conservation
· Meet new people and form friendships.
Located in northern California’s Burney Basin, the Hat Creek Ranger District recreation area consists of seven campgrounds, seven day use areas, six trailheads, and a visitor center. Hat Creek has a unique geological history and offers many recreation opportunities such as fishing, hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting, caving, hang gliding, horseback riding, and off highway vehicles use.

Hat Creek boasts 129 miles of hiking/equestrian trail, including in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, plus fishing access and numerous point of interest trails. Thousand Lakes is a 16,000 acre wilderness that sits in the bowl of a volcanic crater. Its small size and scenic beauty make it very popular for families and day hikers. Among its charms are seven pristine lakes that are wonderful for both fishing and swimming.
If you are interested in becoming a Forest Service Volunteer and would like to know more about this program, please contact Tami Taylor, Recreation Officer at (530) 336-3350 or by email at: tataylor@fs.fed.us .

LNF OHV Use Public Input 4/26/17

Lassen National Forest Seeks Public Input for OHV Use Susanville, Calif., April 21, 2017 – The Lassen National Forest is reviewing their Motorized Travel Management decision of 2010 to expand and accommodate more opportunities for off highway vehicle (OHV) use and recreation. During the initial phase, the Forest Service will review approximately 600 miles of existing system roads to determine which additional routes could be opened for OHV use. This may be accomplished by either lowering operational classification of a road or by allowing OHV use on a low-risk road while not changing the roads classification. The low-risk assessment would be documented in an engineering safety analysis.

“Our goal is to have a transportation system that is manageable, environmentally sound, and economically viable. We are interested to hear your views as we update our previous decision,” remarked Forest Supervisor Dave Hays.

The forest will host two public meetings to seek preliminary input from the public regarding OHV use on National Forest System roads. Public input will aid in modifying the existing Motorized Vehicle Management which spans three ranger districts and includes five counties. The public is invited to attend one of the scheduled meetings which will be held on May 22, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lassen National Forest Headquarters at 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, Calif., and May 23, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Family Center at 1110 W. East Avenue, Chico, Calif.

Following preliminary public input opportunities, and the completion of the engineering safety analysis, the project will undergo an environmental assessment and a final decision regarding OHV use and viability on the Lassen National Forest. The final decision will be aligned with the current Lassen National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. Once this decision is finalized, the Lassen National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map will be updated reflecting any modifications and additional routes that would be opened for OHV use.

The Lassen National Forest lies at the crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The Forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources.

 For more information about the OHV project, contact Charles Gondeiro, Project Manager at 406-370-6929 or cgondeiro@fs.fed.us .

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. ###

Do Not Disappear 4/26/17

Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Today’s Threats of Nuclear War?

Lawrence Wittner

by Lawrence Wittner

In recent weeks, the people of the world have been treated to yet another display of the kind of nuclear insanity that has broken out periodically ever since 1945 and the dawn of the nuclear era.

On April 11, Donald Trump, irked by North Korea’s continued tests of nuclear weapons and missiles, tweeted that “North Korea is looking for trouble.” If China does not “help,” then “we will solve the problem without them.” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responded by announcing that, in the event of a U.S. military attack, his country would not scruple at launching a nuclear strike at U.S. forces. In turn, Trump declared: “We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. We have the best military people on earth.”

During the following days, the governments of both nuclear-armed nations escalated their threats. Dispatched to South Korea, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence declared that “the era of strategic patience is over,” and warned: “All options are on the table.” Not to be outdone, North Korea’s deputy representative to the United Nations told a press conference that “thermonuclear war may break out at any moment.” Any missile or nuclear strike by the United States would be responded to “in kind.” Several days later, the North Korean government warned of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” that would reduce U.S. military forces in South Korea and on the U.S. mainland “to ashes.” The United States and its allies, said the official statement, “should not mess with us.”

Curiously, this North Korean statement echoed the Trump promise during his presidential campaign that he would build a U.S. military machine “so big, powerful, and strong that no one will mess with us.” The fact that both Trump and Kim are being “messed with” despite their possession of very powerful armed forces, including nuclear weapons, seems to have eluded both men, who continue their deadly game of nuclear threat and bluster.

And what is the response of the public to these two erratic government leaders behaving in this reckless fashion and threatening war, including nuclear war? It is remarkably subdued. People read about the situation in newspapers or watch it on the television news, while comedians joke about the madness of it all. Oh, yes, peace and disarmament organizations condemn the escalating military confrontation and outline reasonable diplomatic alternatives. But such organizations are unable to mobilize the vast numbers of people around the world necessary to shake some sense into these overwrought government officials.

The situation was very different in the 1980s, when organizations like the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign (in the United States), the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (in Britain), and similar groups around the world were able to engage millions of people in protest against the nuclear recklessness of the U.S. and Soviet governments―protest that played a key role in curbing the nuclear arms race and preventing nuclear war.

So why is there so little public protest today?

One factor is certainly the public’s preoccupation with other important issues, among them climate change, immigration, terrorism, criminal justice, civil liberties, and economic inequality.

Another appears to be a sense of fatalism. Many people believe that Kim and Trump are too irrational to respond to reason and too autocratic to give way to public pressure.

Yet another factor is the belief of Americans and Europeans that their countries are safe from a North Korean attack. Yes, many people will die in a new Korean War, especially one fought with nuclear weapons, but they will be “only” Koreans.

In addition, many people credit the absence of nuclear war since 1945 to nuclear deterrence. Thus, they assume that nuclear-armed nations will not fight a nuclear war among themselves.

Finally–and perhaps most significantly–people are reluctant to think about nuclear war. After all, it means death and destruction at an unbearable level of horror. Therefore, it’s much easier to simply forget about it.

Of course, even if these factors explain the public’s passivity in the face of a looming nuclear catastrophe, they do not justify it. After all, people can concern themselves with more than one issue at a time, public officials are often more malleable than assumed, accepting the mass slaughter of Koreans is unconscionable, and if nuclear deterrence really worked, the U.S. government would be far less worried about other nations (including North Korea) developing nuclear weapons. Also, problems–including the problem posed by nuclear weapons–do not simply disappear when people ignore them.

It would be a terrible thing if it takes a disastrous nuclear war between the United States and North Korea to convince people that nuclear war is simply unacceptable. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should already have convinced us of that.

Dr. Lawrence Wittner, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany. He is the author of Confronting the Bomb (Stanford University Press).

It’s Worth It 4/26/17

Happy Earth Day  – by Tom H. Hastings

Tom Hastings

It was 21 years ago on April 22, I awoke in the middle of the night, got my co-actor up, then roused the others and we all got into two vehicles, drove to a deserted part of the Chequamegon National Forest in the boreal forest of northern Wisconsin, and unloaded our tools, statements, and general gear. My father, in his 70s then, hugged me goodbye and drove off on slushy roads. It was still pre-dawn. We were operating by moonlight.

We had come to a place where the gravel road passed under an antenna that carried command signals to all US thermonuclear submarines, as well as fast attack and hunter killer submarines, and this command facility, for a number of technical reasons, had one and only one mission, to issue the command to launch a pre-emptive nuclear war.

So we hiked in about a quarter mile to where we had done our reconnaissance and hung signs, sprayed painted the wooden poles on which the antenna was strung (one pole every few hundred feet), and, with swede saws, notched three poles. By then the media arrived, including a reporter from the Progressive magazine, a tribal station radio reporter, and a reporter from Wisconsin Public radio, along with a television crew from a Duluth, Minnesota station (the only ones I didn’t know nor invite, but the WPR man did).

I had sent media packets to everyone beforehand, explaining our action and the difference between what we were doing to prevent bombing and the property destruction we sometimes see, unfortunately, in mass actions (broken windows, vandalized mailboxes, etc.). We were the 58th Plowshare action, a tradition begun by Phil and Dan Berrigan and others by “hammering swords into a plowshares” (Isaiah 2:4).

We administered the coup d’grace and three poles, all about 40 feet tall with the antenna strung between them, crashed to the Earth. Happy Earth Day. We knew we had shut if down; I took my metal saw and tossed it to hit the antenna to make sure the 125 million watts weren’t still running through it, and sure enough, we had shut it down. We chatted with the media folks and waited for the sheriff. The Navy crew showed up and the first one out of the snow machine said to me, “You’re going to prison for this.” I said, “Yup. It’s worth it.”

We did. We had a very interesting trial with a world-class defense, and we were acquitted of sabotage but convicted of destruction of property, three-year sentences. We each served about a year, and then released wearing electronic ankle bracelets. That’s when I applied to teach peace at a local college (I had been doing so before our Earth Day action through the U of Wisconsin) and was hired. I taught there until coming to Portland.

So that’s my Happy Earth Day story. We stopped any first strike nuclear war, even if only for a few days until they could repair it. But we kept fighting it, alongside the Lake Superior Ojibwe, and we eventually succeeded. It is now shut down, dismantled, removed, and the forest has been coming back since then, since 2004.

Earth Day was our way to use robust nonviolence to participate in democracy that day. Dr. King said the purpose of direct action is to get to the negotiating table. We did.

Dr. Tom H. Hastings is PeaceVoice Director.

Phil’s Workshop Photos 4/26/17

Carol’s Movie 4/26/17

The Homesman – 2014
Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her.

Director: Tommy Lee Jones

Carol Marshall

Carol Says: Not good . The first 20 minutes or so focuses on men abusing their wives, and jumps from this to that and very disjointed. The women are now insane and need safety. The town minister wants the 3 women taken to a safe house and they don’t trust the men to do it, so Hillary Swank takes them. She runs into Tommy Lee Jones, who wrote the screenplay (I have to wonder what was going through his mind) who travels with her on the journey. The movie drags out and it’s just not good . He delivers the women to Myrle Streep, who does great acting but they should have had an unknown in this role because it is MS, not a ministers wife.

The acting was good in a horrible movie. I am still wondering why I continued to watch it after the first 5 minutes. Guess I kept hoping it would get better. It doesn’t.

Fire House News 4/26/17

“AT THE FIREHOUSE”

ALLEGHANY: April 17th Firefighter training. April 19th Pliocene Ridge Community Service District meeting.
CALPINE: April 17th Responded for an ill female, who was transported to Truckee.April 22nd & 23rd PHTLS (PreHospital Trauma Life Support Training)
CAMPTONVILLE: April 18th Firefighter training.
DOWNIEVILLE: April 18th Responded for a motorcycle down. April 19th Board of Commissioners meeting. April 20th Firefighter training. April 21st Responded for an injured
male.
LOYALTON: All’s quiet……
PIKE CITY: April 19th PRCSD meeting, in Alleghany. April 20th Firefighter training.
SATTLEY: April 17th Responded for an ill female, who was transported to Truckee. April 22 & 23rd PHTLS training. (Pre-Hospital Trauma life Support training).
SIERRA CITY: April 17th Responded for a medical emergency – cancelled.
SIERRAVILLE: April 17th Responded for an ill female, who was transported to Truckee. April 22nd & 23rd PHTLS ( Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Training).

Nope It Matters 4/26/17

Blind Slogans and Shallow Greatness  – by Rivera Sun

Rivera Sun

The airplane is packed shoulder to shoulder. In my row, sat a young couple from Texas. She is wearing a red “Make America Great Again” tee-shirt. My laptop bears a bumper sticker for my novel, The Dandelion Insurrection, about a nonviolent movement is a (slightly) fictional United States. Her boyfriend – who has the build of a football player – is reading a romance novel with his ball cap pulled low over his brow.

Out of mischief and curiosity, I asked her, “So what makes America great?”

Flustered, she deferred to her boyfriend. I inwardly rolled my eyes at a woman who would defer to a man to articulate an answer about the slogan she was wearing.

“Well,” he answered, “I think everyone should support the President no matter what.”

A dozen counter-remarks popped into my head about the dangers of blind devotion, totalitarianism, dictators, and how dissent is essential for democracy, but before I can sort out how to begin, he continued.

“And, I think the ability to work one’s ass off and get ahead in the world – you know, like rags-to-riches. That makes America great. A lot of countries don’t have that.”

Before I can tell him that India has a higher upward mobility than the United States, he clams up, reopening his book and clearly closing the conversation. Does he realize that the rags-to-riches story of Horatio Alger was fiction? The notion was always more mythological than metaphorical, hinging on our ideals rather than our reality. Even in the best of times, the journey from rags to riches was not an equal opportunity employer due to sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination that stacked decks of fortune in favor of some more than others.

A real-life Horatio Alger story might involve some hard work, but they often rely on access to capital, networks of social and business connections, illegal maneuvers (such as Bill Gates stealing time on government computers to build his first software program), the helping hand of government programs like the GI Bill, or the homeowner lending programs that excluded Hispanics and African Americans. I wonder if the young man realizes that Trump built his fortune with millions of dollars inherited from his father. If we all received millions to fund our businesses and projects, I have little doubt that most of us would rapidly advance up the social and economic ladders of our world.

On the other hand, there’s an honest grievance to the young man’s comment, one with which I can largely agree. The notion that we should be rewarded for hard work is an honorable concept, one that emerged out of centuries of class injustice wherein serfs, peons, slaves, indentured servants, and forced or conscripted laborers were denied advancement both socially and economically. To be born poor was to live poor, work hard, and die poor, often buried in a pauper’s grave. The idea that hard work could improve one’s lot in life is a form of resistance to such widespread class injustice. Had he not stuck his head back in his book (ironically, a romance novel about impossible love between a nobleman and a peasant woman), I might have taken the opportunity to agree with his view that we should be able to work hard and get ahead . . . with a few qualifications.

First, we shouldn’t have to “work our asses off.” A sustainable, eight-hour workday ought to provide a living wage, including our current social necessities such as cellphones and Internet access, transportation, healthcare, and higher education. This requires that the standard wage for the 40-hour workweek be significantly higher than our current low and minimum wage jobs provide.

Second, the ability to work should not be a requirement for survival. A society should be able to provide and care for those who cannot work – such as children, elders, the infirm, injured, disabled, or ill. A social safety net should be set in place to ensure basic needs for everyone in our society.

Third, the inequities and injustices that plague our nation must be addressed. It does not “make America great” to allow advancement for some people, but not others, based on distinctions of race, gender, sexuality, political views, or age. Equality and justice for all has been a long-held, much cherished, and largely unrealized American deal for a long time . . . which brings me to my last point.

What “makes America great” needs to be a longer list than merely working hard and making money. It needs to contain an analysis of what doesn’t make America great, where we need to be critical and sharply observant of our behaviors, policies, and beliefs. It needs to include stark understandings of the Grand Canyon wide gap between our slogans and our realities. Trump’s slogan on the tee-shirt demands long, hard conversations, not blind loyalty and unquestioned patriotism. Our discussion about what makes America great (or doesn’t make it great) could have lasted the entire three-hour flight.

But it didn’t.

He closed the conversation. She squirmed uncomfortably. I eyed her for a moment then decided to try asking for her opinion again. Turning to the blonde-haired, blue-jeaned 20-something year old, I asked,

“Do you have any thoughts to add? You’re wearing the tee-shirt after all.”

She waved her hand in denial of the question.

“Oh, I’m not political,” she said.

Yes, you are, my silent thoughts answered in a steely tone. We all are. Our tee-shirts, words, silence, assumptions, myths, lies, inaccuracies, fears, policies – all of it is political.

She avoided the look in my eyes and studied her phone. He read his romance novel. I gritted my teeth. We flew in silence across the vast distance of our nation.

Author/Activist Rivera Sun, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection and other books, and cohosts Love (and Revolution) Radio.

Mental CPR 4/26/17

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

In this 8 hour course you will learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing: MHFA Class June 2017

Ø Panic attacks

Ø Suicidal thoughts or behaviors

Ø Non suicidal self-injury

Ø Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)

Ø Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use

Ø Reaction to a traumatic event

LeTina Vanetti Sierra County Public Health Emergency Preparedness CoordinatorOffice 530-993-6737  lvanetti@sierracounty.ca.gov

Guides Raft Pauley 4/26/17

David Marshall was out and about checking on the Tributary River Guides on Pauley Creek.

Dead Tree Danger 4/26/17

Dead Trees Prompt the Closure of
Almanor North and South Campgrounds

CHESTER, Calif., April 24, 2017 – The Lassen National Forest Almanor Ranger District will temporarily close both the Almanor North and Almanor South Campgrounds to public use, effective immediately due to the large number of dead trees throughout the campgrounds that pose a high safety risk to visitors.

The past several years of extreme drought conditions has contributed to significant tree mortality throughout the Forest. Forest Service personnel have identified more than 300 hazard trees within the popular campgrounds. These campgrounds are frequently used by visitors for camping throughout the season.

“We are temporarily closing these campgrounds until we can safely eliminate the risk these hazard trees pose to visitors as well as our employees,” Almanor District Ranger Kathleen Nelson said. “We appreciate the public’s cooperation and understanding while we take the necessary steps to safely remove the dangerous trees.”

Forest Service crews have cut down as many hazard trees as can be safely removed. Some trees, based upon the level of defect and decay, will require specific technical skill and knowledge in order to be removed. The district is concurrently working on a contract so that a professional timber faller can be obtained to fall those remaining high risk trees in the campground areas.

The closure prohibits all public entry into the area including camping, day use, hiking, and access to the Almanor Recreation Trail. The Almanor Boat Launch and parking area will remain open for public use and is not included in the closure order. This closure will remain in effect until further notice.

The threat of hazard trees is not limited to campgrounds. There are thousands of hazard trees in the forest and in remote recreation areas. Visitors are advised to exercise judgment when it comes to personal safety. Be aware of your surroundings whether you see posted signs or not, do not camp anywhere near or under trees that appear to be dead or dying.

For more information contact Stacy Kronner, Recreation Officer at (530) 258-2141 or srkronner@fs.fed.us .

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Enjoy the Mad Hatter Tea Party by NGDW Naomi Parlor #36 on Saturday April 29th from noon to 2 p.m. and then……

Don’t forget to enjoy Love Letters with Frank & Bette Jo this Saturday  April 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Yuba Theatre a very simple but beautiful play you will never forget.

Sunday April 30 at 1 p.m. there will be a faire thee well potluck party at the Masonic Hall in Downieville for Lou Foxworthy, the beloved western Sierra County and Senior Van driver who has retired from driving, sold his house and is moving to Nevada. The van will continue with old and new drivers, the Downieville Grocery will continue to sell Lottery tickets and trips to Ireland, and the Celtic Thunder Fan Club will continue and Lou will continue to invite us all to his new home for Celtic celebrations.

Wednesday May 3rd at 5:30 p.m. there will be an important Community meeting at the community hall in Downieville regarding the developing Paramedic Program for western Sierra County. Downieville Fire Protection District the Sierra Frontier Medical Resources and the County Supervisors Lee Adams and Peter Huebner are spear heading the project to give Emergency ALS coverage beginning in June through October and eventually the hope is for year round coverage. Please attend as this is important for everyone who lives, visits and plays in our beautiful frontier county.

I occasionally get letters from readers who do not like what I have written or articles published in the Prospect and suggest keeping my opinions to myself, or I haven’t done any research on an issue or subject matter. It seems as though the critics have no understanding of the amazing fact two or more individuals can have the same information and come to different conclusions. One of the most difficult aspects of democracy is for our elected officials to understand they represent all of us who live in the United States, or their Districts, cities, counties and on down the line, not just the voters who voted for them. Compromise, negotiation, educating themselves is important to maintain our “united we stand” country. Unfortunately I see none of this understanding in the current federal administration and it is very disturbing if not downright frightening and dangerous for everyone, not only America but worldwide. WE need to speak out when things are going sideways. And if you don’t agree with something, make your case, explain why what you read is inaccurate and understand  personal attacks on the writer do not result in your credibility being enhanced.

I guess our California State Poet Laureate Dana Gioia made my poetry appreciation click on, I read a poem Being a Lake by Robert Wrigley in the April 16th Sunday NYT Magazine that I just could not forget and had to rummage threw my stack of “already read” magazines to retrieve it to publish in this issue. What do you think?

So the photo of lots of water in Sierra City, Haypress Creek running into the No Yuba River was taken by our very own Phil Cammack.

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