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:

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

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. ###

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


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
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).

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

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.

Being a Lake by Robert Wrigley 4/26/17

courtesy of  New York Times Magazine April 16, 2017

Mathew Zapruder wrote  “The beginning of this poem describes an odd thought experiment: A man wonders why he has never dreamed of being a lake and then proceeds consciously to will the dream into being. The poem is so accuate and sensory  it is easy to forget how suffused it is with desire for a feeling of belonging the man has never actually had. In this way, it is nature poem, but also an allegory for any idealized experience never to be attained.”

Being a Lake by Robert Wrigley

He has never dreamed of being a lake                                                                               in the high mountains, and now he wonders why.                                                         Surely there could be no better, in the way                                                                           of dreamy aspirations: to be clear and cold                                                                             and swum through by trout. To allow the sunlight                                                                   far into your depths, to have depths no one                                                                         will ever visit. To be ceilinged by ice                                                                                     and many feet of snow in winter, to shine pure blue                                                             into the pure blue of the sky, to show the stars                                                                       the stars, to be drunk by wild animals.                                                                                 And to admit an occasional human,                                                                                     who, because of the memory of having been there,                                                             might dream of being there. Being there.                                                                             Not a visitor but a dreamer, dreaming                                                                                      this very lake is what he’s always wanted to be.

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four poetry collections and “Why Poetry”coming from Ecco. He teaches poetry at Saint Mary’s College of California and is editor a large at Wave Books. Robert Wrigley is the author of 10 collections of poetry including most recently, “Box” published by Penguin Poets last month.

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