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6A Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress A field trip into the woods with foresters Whittington project on the l.assen subject of upcoming tour Looking for results, 26 people troop into the field last month to see what they'll find on two projects. The Freeman Stewardship contract created 720 additional acres of defensible fuel profile zones (DFPZs) near Lake Davis. The Cow Creek Restoration Project implemented hydrologic engineering, stream bank restoration and re-vegetation activities. The Hat Creek Ranger District field trip Sept, 13 will visit a section of forest that was converted to a plantation decades ago, a rebounding aspen grove, a grassland ecosystem and some rare, indigenous Baker cypress trees. Call 336-5521 to go along. Photo by Trish Welsh Taylor Grapple piles, such as this one in the Freeman Stewardship con- tract, are the result of carefully prescribed cutting and clearing. Piles will be burned this fall or winter. Approximately the same number of piles is created each year as is burned. The district can only burn approximately 10 acres per day before it starts to risk exceeding the allowable smoke emissions to the community of Portola. If emissions become too high, no fires are allowed. Photo courtesy Colin Dillingham Trish Welsh Taylor Staff Writer ttaylor@plumasnews.com To appreciate the forest and streams of the area, a simple walk through the woods will do. We have lots of access, since more than three-quarters of Plumas County's 2,616 square miles is national forest land. The sights and sounds in the wiId tell us a lot about the health of the dynamic system of the forest and waterways. Yet to understand the intri- cacies of managing our national lands, going out with a team of experts on a field trip to plan or assess a project gives a person the perspective of forest profes- sionals. They see not just with their senses. They bring their trained minds to the job plus, they bring the goals and objectives of their pro- jects to bear on the facts found in the field. Freeman Defensible Fuel Profile Zone A field trip out of the Beckwourth Ranger District last month gave public and professionals a chance to see the results of the Freeman Defensible Fuel Profile Zone Project and the Cow Creek Restoration Project. In attendance were landowners, businesses, conservation groupS, HFQLG members, project operators, rangers and experts in ecosystems, hydrology, wildlife biology, fire ecology, fuels, botany and silviculture. The team of 26 was amaz- ingly focused, given the backwoods setting and the many distractions -- scolding squirrels, dusty heat, pine cones falling from above, the rugged terrain of the meeting sites. The job was to appraise the degree of success of each project, with the public present, this was the chance for all heads to come together and witness the impacts of man, nature and time. Specialists took turns talk- ing about what they saw, their concerns and questions, their predictions and recom- mendations. The discussion was impressively knowledge based. The USDA Forest Service is more than a host of forest lovers. They are scientists doing research, testing theories, keeping data and analyzing findings from a cross-disciplinary view. Details of the field trip can be found with the photos accompanying this article. The Freeman Defensible Fuel Profile Zone Project, west of Lake Davis, was initi- ated about five years ago to create 720 acres of de- fensible fuel profile zones (DFPZs). A DFPZ provides more than fire inhibition at the site. It is a safe location for fire crews to work from. Ground based firefighting equipment can get into the DFPZ, reducing the need for costly aircrews. Then there is the fact that forest health is increased in the DFPZ as well. Cow Creek Stream Restoration At the western edge of Lake Davis is lively stream that is the site of the Cow Creek Restoration Project. It might have been a meadow restora- tion but the creek had such deep, severe channel erosion, sediment problems and in- hospitable conditions for fish k&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&~l 4J " i You Can Help Make ! 4 i ,,, i[ STOP . . i ,! FAMILY Lassen Family Semces 4 VIOLENCE ' ,ql ~n~a~'i ~ IS offering,, II IIVWW . b' 1 ~ Volunteer Training , ~l Sept 6 thru Oct 24,2011 , ' Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault (DV & SA) . Volunteer advocacy for victims of Domestic Violence and ; Sexual Assault/Rape .... I* Learn eharactenstles of the batterer and wcUms responses t -,q r i Child Abuse Treatment Program (CHAT) . Volunteer advocacy for children affected by violence, ** abuse or neglect - . . ~. 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Fish are considered the canary in the coalmine when it comes to stream systems, and they were in fact seen by field trip participants to be swimming as young fry. Their presence is living evidence of a successful restoration. The project, performed in fall 2010, was designed by Don Kozlowski, a hydrologist with the Beckwourth Ranger District. Speaking of the com- pleted project, Kozlowski said, "The stream itself is the sediment filter. We didn't hyper-engineer it. It will have toengineer itself." He succeeded at his goal to make "something the fish like to go through." There were reports in the spring of full-size trout in the upper stream, beyond the half-mile restoration segment. Kozlowski's design expedited natural processes that would have taken decades or longer. The stream restoration also mitigates continued erosion of sediment into the system. Lake Davis fish will be glad for that. The Whittington Project Sept. 13 is the last field trip of this year by the Herger- Feinstein Quincy Library Group (HFQLG) Implementa- tion Team. The public is invited to join the excursion to the Hat Creek Ranger Dis- trict Whittington Project in the Lassen National Forest. "We'd love to have the public involved," said Hat Creek District Ranger Kit Mullen. Their fibld trip will visit several sites of interest. On the field trip schedule is an area where aspen are being re-established. The aspen is a fire resilient tree that sends sprouts up from the roots after a fire has destroyed the upper tree. Groves of aspen can be protected from the shade of faster growing, encroaching pines by simple management practices. Once aspen are 6 to 8 feet tall, deer find the screen of fluttering leaves a safe haven for birthing. Birds take to aspen for nesting habitat, and many types of wildlife use the groves for refuge from predators. Baker cypress is another indigenous but threatened tree that is present in the Whittington Project area. To enhance the conditions under which the rare Baker cypress can successfully re-establish itself, management methods are being used in the area surrounding the trees, taking into consideration the needs of other plants and animals. Monitoring the effectiveness of these methods is a major purpose of field trips. The Whittington Project, according to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, proposes treat- ment of 5,000 of acres of national forest lands near Burney Mountain. This is forest that is recovering from having been cleared decades ago and converted to a plan- tation of pines for harvest. Mullen said that these older plantations are a problem. Because of the density, it would burn very intensely, growth is weak and it makes for poor wildlife habitat. 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