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Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 11A Portola Council Member Phil Oels and volunteer firefighters replant aspen trees along the Feather River to enhance the area and generate tourism revenue. From left: Oels and volunteer firefighters Jesse Joy, Buzz Bishop, Joe Sanpo and (front) Nate Oels. Photos by Alicia Proctor Crews of city officials and volunteers work in new Riverwalk makeover in Portola. record time to meet the spring deadline for the li I Ann Powers replanting the aspens along Staff Writer the Feather River starting at apowers@plumasnews.com the city's west side entrance on Highway 70, to the Portola city officials and Veterans Memorial Hall at local volunteers are creating 449 W. Sierra Ave. Plans also a Feather River walkway include installing benches, lined with aspen trees and informational signs and wooden benches to help plaques, an Americans With beautify the area and attract Disabilities Act-compliant more tourists -- with wallets, passageway and parking. About 40 trees are being "It will be a nice place for relocated from a 10-acre the public to park, walk city-owned parcel in Malloy around, look at the river and Springs. Crews comprised of get some information about City Council members and what Portola has to offer," volunteer firefighters are said Public Works Director "It will benefit the tourists and send them into the town where they'll hopefully spend money, and that will benefit local businesses." .Todd Roberts Public Works Director City of Portola Todd Roberts. "It will benefit the tourists and send them into the town where they'll hopefully spend money, and that will benefit local businesses." The Riverwalk project has a completion date set for this spring and Council Member Phil Oels says he's confident they'll meet that deadline. He spent a recent Sunday with four Portola volunteer firefighters digging up, transporting, replanting and watering 22 trees (with the help of a fire engine and its hose) in record time -- just five hours. "But the damn kids wouldn't even let me touch a tool and told me just to supervise," Oels quipped. "These are strong young men and the pride of the mountains, no doubt. A big thank-you to Chief (Henry) Johnson and the volunteers from his dePartment." Oels added that chicken wire will be wrapped around the base of the trees "to keep the critters off." said beavers are partial to snacking on aspens. A Proposition 50 river Parkways grant of $207,460 funded the land acquisition for the project, according to City Planner Karen Downs. The property was acquired in October 2008 and has been maintained by Portola's Public Works Department. The Plumas County Visitors Guide is designed locally to entice & invite tourists & visitors to our pristine area. Visitors will look here first & that's how they will find you. You want the business & we've got the perfect product! This colorful publication 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. As an ADDEDVALUE ... we'll put the entire publication on our web at plumasnews.com (A large number of our views come from the Sacramento Valley & surrounding areas) page Look for us at your business soon ~ advertising deadline is Feb. 11, 2015 Your LOCAL newspaper advertising representative is looking forward to working with you 283-0800 Sherri, Holly, Marc gO 258-3115 Wal 258-3115 832-4646 Cheri, Val Roger I l '