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2A Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress 00ome organic)00shing methods are not legal CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Department of Fish & Game tached to a pole or rod held in the hand or closely attend- ed in such manner that the fish voluntarily takes the bait or lure in its mouth (ex- ceptions are listed in Section 2 of the fishing regulations, under Fishing Methods and Gear Restrictions). Adding these ground-up root chemicals to the water would also be unlawful be- cause it is generally illegal to deposit in, permit to pass into, or place where it can pass into the waters of this state any substance or mate- rial deleterious to fish, plant life or bird life (Fish and Game Code, section 5650[a][6]). In addition, FGC, section 5650(a)(5) specifically pro- hibits the use of Cocculus in- dicus, the plant from which these legends are derived. Can I use cast nets in lakes or the Delta? Q: I would like a clarifica- tion on the use of cast nets in inland waters. I see people using them both at Clear Lake and in the Delta. As far as I know, it is ille- gal to use anything larger than a dip net or a trap not more than three feet in greatest dimension. Cast nets are not mentioned in the regulation booklet. A: You are correct. It is not legal to use cast nets in in- land waters. Cast nets (re- ferred to as Hawaiian-type throw nets in the CCR Title 14, section 28.80) are allowed only in ocean waters north of Point Conception and only for certain saltwater species. The only nets that may be used in freshwater are dip nets, which are defined as webbing supported by a frame, and hand held, not more than six feet in great- est dimension, excluding handle (CCR Title 14, section 1.42). The specific baitfish cap- ture methods for inland wa- ters are outlined in CCR Ti- tle 14, section 4.05. Defending fallen hikers from rattlesnakes? Q: You mentioned in a re- cent column that the regula- tions state you can't injure or kill a rattlesnake. But what about if someone is hiking in the backcountry, hears and sees a coiled rat- tlesnake and then falls while attempting to retreat? Can another member of the hiking team protect the fallen hiker from the snake by throwing a rock at it? It seems to me to be com- mon sense to be able to pro- tect someone from becoming seriously ill, or worse, espe- cially since it could take sev- Can you legally use chem- icals to stun fish? Q: There is an old legend that local Native Americans used to grind up the roots of yucca plants and spread them in the water to "stun" fish so they could collect them. Can I use this as a fishing method? A: No. Although that may have been how Native Amer- icans historically fished and a seemingly natural method, today the use of chemicals of any type is not a legal method of take. According to Department of Fish and Game Game Warden Patrick Foy, fish must be taken by angling, which is defined under the California Code of Regula- tions, Title 14, section 1.05 as to take fish by hook and line with the line held in the hand, or with the line at- Snowshoe walk next Friday District in Chester. The walks are one to two miles, lasting up to two hours, and are open to adults and children, eight years and older. The third and final walk is scheduled for Friday, March 26, depending upon weather conditions; pre- registration for the walk is required. Walks are geared for be- ginners who will learn out- door survival skills as well as what type of snowshoes are best for different levels of activity. Programs are held in a variety of locations throughout the Almanor Ranger District depending upon the amount of snow. For those who find the idea of snowshoeing in- triguing and wish to try it out, contact Barbara Jack- son at the Almanor Ranger District at 258-214, for more information on the winter's program. Anyone interested in participating in this walk is encouraged to sign up early. Additional snowshoe walks are available by spe- cial request for school and educational programs. School programs can be geared to the California State Education Standards. Crisp, sunny winter days are ending. While there are several outdoor winter activities, snowshoeing is one people of all ages can enjoy. Join the Almanor Ranger District this winter to observe the beautiful mountain landscapes and learn about "Winter Sur- vival," "Trees and Winter- ing Animals of the Lassen National Forest," "Ravens in Winter" and winter safety while walking on snowshoes. Free snowshoe walks be- gan in January, sponsored by the Lassen National Forest's Almanor Ranger DREAMING UP THE IDEAL RETIREMENT IS YOUR JOB. HELPING YOU GET THERE IS OURS. To see why it makes sense to get ready for retirement now, call today. Member SIPC // Carla Parsons Rnancial Advisor 35 N.GaySL Susanville, CA 96130 530-257-2777 eral hours to obtain medical assistance. I have been hiking for years and close encounters with rattlers is rare, but it does occur. Also, is it lawful to possess the rattles? A: The regulation referenced in the March 4, column cali- forniaoutdoors.wordpress, corn was specific to killing rat- tlesnakes for commercial sales. This question is re- garding a different situation. According to DFG Game Warden Kyle Chang, regula- tions allow for the take of up to two native California rat- tlesnakes per species (genus Crotalus and Sistrurus) by any resident without a fish- ing license and by any method of take (CCR Title 14, section 5.60[e][2] and FGC, 7149.3). The law was written like this specifically to allow for people to kill rattlesnakes for safety purposes. The rat- tles may be possessed be- cause rattlesnakes may be legally taken for non-com- mercial purposes. How to handle rat- tlesnakes in public areas or crowded campgrounds? Q: Can rattlesnakes be killed when they are near public areas or crowded campgrounds? If so, what is the correct way to handle a rattlesnake when there are large groups of people and pets nearby? A: Rattlesnakes occur nat- urally in the ecosystem and are important predators that help to effectively contain or reduce excess rodent popula- tions. If a rattlesnake is encoun- tered in a public area or crowded campground, the snake should not be killed unless it poses a direct threat to people and pets. The best course of action is to just warn people to be aware of their surroundings and to restrain their pets. While rattlesnakes may be lawfully taken under Fish and Game laws, killing rat- tlesnakes in state parks is prohibited under CCR Title 14, section 5.60(a). This sec- tion states that no reptiles shall be taken in ecological reserves or state parks or na- tional parks or monuments. Different parks may also have their own additional regulations. Carrie Wilson is a 20-year DFG veteran and an avid out- door enthusiast, angler and hunter. She is a marine biolo- gist with a strong back- ground of professional expe- rience working in both fish- eries and wildlife manage- ment. An established and award. winning outdoor writer, Car- rie enjoys tackling the tough questions from the public and will be regularly tapping into the expertise of DFG's game wardens and many fisheries, wildlife and marine biologists to best cover all the topics. While she can't personally answer everyone's questions she will select a few to answer in this column each week: Contact her at CalOut- Youth corps looking for summer job applicants The Lassen National For- est is seeking interested young men and women, 15 - 18, for summer employment under the Youth Conserva- tion Corps program. YCC employees will com- plete needed conservation work on public lands and have the opportunity to de- velop an appreciation of the natural environment. Learn- ing about the environment is an important part of the YCC program. The program is an eight- week working session for area youth to learn about re- source management: The em, phaSis will be a hands:on learning experience through participation in a variety of work situations to benefit the forest and ecosystems. Projects include environ- mental education, with re- source specialists conduct- ing field trip learning ses- Order prescriptions on-line, e-mail: sions. Project work may include: campground maintenance and renovation, trail mainte- nance and repair, noxious weed removal, planting to re- habilitate washout areas, fish habitat and range im- provement, among others. The program will hire, through a random drawing, an equal number of males and females and employ one crew of four youths. The youths will be paid $8 per hour for a 40-hour week for 8 weeks. YCC applications must be submitted in "hard copy" form, mailed or hand-deliv- ered to the Lassen National Forest by April 15. E-mail applications will not be accepted. Interested persons may ob- tain an YCC application at Lassen National Forest, 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130, 257-2151. The Forest will also hire one GS-0462-5 temporary em- ployee Crew Leader at $15 per hour for the same dura- tion. The crew leader job may be applied to through USA Jobs,, job announcement number: OCR-462-5-REC-ARRA-D. Ap- plication is due by April 9. The crew members will meet each morning at 8 a.m., at the Lassen National For- est Warehouse, on 5th Street in Susanville. The Forest will provide vehicles for transportation to project work sites. Employment will begin June 7 and end July 30. Each selected applicant must wear work boots and proper work clothos;,ard provide their own lunch. Ap- plicants must be prepared for hard physical work, in an outdoor environment, under potentially adverse weather conditions and rough ter- rain. Enrollees will need to provide their own daily transportation to the Lassen National Forest Warehouse. For more information, con- tact Lorene Guffey, YCC Co- ordinator, at 257-2151. BROOLIO CONSTRUCTION Custom Homes Garages Remodels Decks C.A. Lic. #345556 m "Building in Lake Almanor -- for 32 years" Full Service Contractor/Year-round '] Peninsula Dr., #C, LakeAImanor,  9" 3"7 (530) 596,-3076 Edward Jones MAKING SENSE OF INVESTINC Dr. Branvold, DC is holding a Spinal . Decompress,on Seminar Tuesday, March 23 at 5:30 PM Topic to be discussed: Dr. Branvold's Spinal Decompression Treatment Program This Is A Must Attend Seminar If You Or A Loved One is Suffering From 1. Sciatica 2. Leg or Arm Pain 3. Numbness in the Hands or Feet 4. Stenosis 5. Low Back/Hip Pain 6. Neck/Shoulder Pain You Deserve The Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club would like to express its thanks to their members and the many merchants who generously donated items and gift certificates to the 2010 Poker Run drawing. The drawing is not only a lot of fun, it enables the club to contribute to many causes. A special thank you to: Chester Rotarians for providing a delicious and aflbrdable lunch Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club Members Almanor Bowling Almanor Energy Plus Amerigas Almanor Flooring At Your Service Auto Repair Ayoob's Ace Hardware B & B Booksellers Books & Gifts Back Porch Consignment Becster's Stylin' Asylum Best Western Rose Quartz Inn Bigg's Butchery Bodfish Bicycle and Quiet Mt. Sports Buzz Mart Chester Beacon Chester Chevron Chester True Value Hardware Chester Veterinary Clinic Chester Video Cloud Nine Salon Coldwell Banker Real Estate Collins Pine Cotton Candy Diner Corlin Paints David Price Jeweler Donna's Poodle Salon Eagle Construction Flooring Brothers Grey Squirrel The Giggling Crow Gosney's Barber Shop The Happy Garden Restaurant Haws, Theobald and Auman (CPA's) High Sierra Insurance Holiday Market Jim Thomas and Son Construction Joe Tantardino Residential Logging Kopper Kettle Lake Ahnanor Fitness Center Lake Ahnanor Fly Fishing Co. Lake Almanor Nail Spa Lake Almanor Propane Lake Almanor Towing Lake Almaaor West Golf Course Lassen Gift Company Lola's Boutique Main Street Coffee Bar Main St. Fireplace & Garage Doors Maria Walker Restaurant Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant Morning Star Log Furniture Mountain Money and Shipping Old Mill Cafe Peninsula Market Peterson Glass The Pizza Factory Plumas Bank Plumas Tire The Ranch House The Red Onion Grill Rouland Insurance Agency Sharon Geney-- Massage Slusher Plumbing Sheer Magic 11 Salon Tantardino's Pizza The Coffee Station The Corner Store The Cutting Edge The Twenty Garage Treats Dog Company US Bank Weber Farms File Your Taxes Today Individual Business ,, Non-Profit Electronic Filing Quick Refunds Mary Cheek, EA, CPA Certified Public Accountant Licensed to practice by the IRS 258-1040 130 E. Willow St., Chester (Next to Chevron) MaryCheekCPA@FrontierNet.Net Over 18 years experience NrrD A DENTIST? 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