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Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePresS Wednesday, March 12, 2014 7A Lassen Volcanic National Park plans year-long centennial celebration Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.corn Plans are already underway for the 2016 centennial celebration for Lassen Volcanic National Park and the National Park Service. Lassen Park Superintendent Darlene Koontz appeared before the Plumas County Board of Supervisors on March 4 to discuss the celebration and share other information about the park, including the impact it has on the surrounding area. But though LVNP is in Plumas County's backyard, only 2 percent of the county's residents visited it last winter. That compares to 27 percent each for Shasta and Butte counties, and 7 percent for Tehama. Visitors represented 29 states and 14 countries, with Germany leading the way with the most number of foreign visitors. Koontz said that people who stay in the park for more than 24 hours tend to spend 3.1 days visiting the area, with an estimated $291 per day being pumped into the economy. Koontz said that Redding benefits significantly from the park because that is the most popular choice for people to stay. "1 really appreciate the relationship with the park. " Sherrie Thrall, County Supervisor Board Chairman Jon Kennedy jokingly suggested that "road closed" signs be used to direct traffic toward Plumas County. Those who travel to the park most often pass through Red Bluff, followed by Chico, Redding, Shingletown and, lastly, Chester. And it was in Redding, Red Bluff, Chester and Chico that scoping meetings were held to develop the park's first wilderness and backcountry stewardship plan. According to Koontz, 74 percent of the park is designated as wilderness. Koontz also addressed drought conditions in the park, where just 25 percent of average precipitation fell in December. Thinning and prescribed burning will be used to temper the threat of wildfire. "There has been a 40 percent cut in fire staffmg," Koontz told the board. While fire and wildland planning are priorities, staff is also working on the centennial celebration, which will include a birthday party, an outdoor dinner, a special commemorative coin and more. But visitors don't have to wait for 2016 to celebrate; a host of activities are planned for 2014. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall thanked Koontz for the update. "I really appreciate the relationship with the park," she said. "It has been very beneficial." Lassen Volcanic National Park 2014 special events May 1S: Annual photo contest begins June 14: National Get Outdoors Day - Trail Challenge Kickoff July 20: Migratory Bird Banding Demonstration Aug. 1 - 3: Dark Sky Festival Sept. 27: National Public Lands Day (Art & Wine Festival) Oct. 10 - 12: 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act $10 Specials Come in and find a large assortment of Vases Bath & Body Products Flowers Plants Plush Animals SonsFtine Tlowers 212 Main St., Chester Local & Worldwide Delivery (530) 258-4543 t Morning Sta00 Log Furniture Drop by and see what nature's beauty can turn into.  q i  i Counter Tops Cabinets ' ::::, Tables & Chairs Gifts Hutch Dressers& morel 1431 Hwy. 36 and 89 Jct. Chester," (530) Dinner Monday, March 17th Lake Almanor Elks Lodge 164 Main St., Chester Social Hour: 6pro Dinner: 7pm $12 per person Comed beef cabbage, carrots, potatoes, soda bread & dessert Tickets available at Ayoobs, Lassen Gift & the Elks or call Stev.e DeWitt 258-4222 March 26 i i ii i i i I ii .1| o Aft Clothes (Offer good thru March 17 and cannot be combined with any other offers) Upscale Rediscovered Clothing Boutique For Women THE GIGGLING CROW 135 Main St., #A Chester, CA 96020 530-258-1000 27 Up to 40% OFF Storewide! Some exclusions apply  Sale ends 3/31/14 We are so much more than books/ 140 Main St., Chester  530-258-2150 k ,,,t, -- ----  '  MustC.alo  "l Liquidation S .... ''" Eervthin, r ' " ,@ Pendleton Shirts =IF= Blankets [ Bath Towels # Custom Jewelry I ' Leather Purses  Home D6cor ! Fixtures 0 Furnishings [ Display Cases ... And much more! I Hurry in for [ Best Selection! [ Tuesday thru Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. [ 29588 Hwy 89 Canyon Dam 284-6750 i March Madness The Leprechaun has struck & mixed our Merchandise up! Come find those items that are out of place for a chance to win the % "Pot Of Gold" //