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Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 7A A defensible fuel profile zone is an example of the following prescription, as explained by Contract Officer's Representative Karen Newsted: Thin the forest to approx!mately 20-by-20-foot spacing between trees and remove brush over 1 inch in diame- ter. That extra space will allow trees to put on approximately 4 inches of growth in diameter every 10 years, a doubling of their current growth rate. Faster growth also means more carbon sequestration. Photo courtesy Colin Dillingharn FOREST, fro~ page 6A "It was a different time," Mullen said, referring to forest plantations. The prac- tice is no longer used, and the recovery process is what the Whittington Project is all about. She explained that when certain elements in the ecosystem have been di- minished, such as occurred in the plantation, the practice of managed restoration of those diminished elements supports the rebuilding of plant and animal diversity, re-establishing the resilience of the forest. The project design is in its initial stage, which seeks as much input from as many interested perspectives as possible. Public visitors and experts associated with the HFQLG Implementation Team will all be seeing what Mullen described as "the current condition of the forest and all of the complexities we deal with in the forest." "Before we do the work, we want to know what are all the things we are going to be challenged by in order to do the best we can for restora- tion." The National Environ- mental Policy Act requires that the public's knowledge and interests are solicited. "We want the best available information prior to the decision." If another plan has better viability than the proposed one, the implemen- tation team will analyze their alternatives. "There may be uses for the land that we don't know about," Mullen offered. The HFQLG Implementa- tion Team won't finalize the project plan until it has vetted all the input. "We want the feedback." Mullen can be reached at 336-552i. The field trip begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 13 from the Hat Creek Work Center. No amount of alcohol at any time during your pregnancy is safe. Please don't drink! For more information contact: Lassen County Public Health Department (530) 251-8183 This project was supported by funds received from the California Department of Public Health Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program, Lassen County Public Health Advisory Committee / Child Abuse Prevention Council and FASD Conference Collaborative A completed defensible fuel profile zone treatment slows a fire down and is also considered a safe place to fight fires from the ground. In addition, there is a cost benefit to using ground crews instead of helicopters and air tankers. This 10-acre unit was created as a portion of the shaded fuel break network, as pointed out by HFQLG Monitoring Team Leader Colin Dillingham on a map detailing completed and planned DFPZs. The HFQLG monitoring program has completed an assessment of 20 wildfires that burned into DFPZs. These defensible zones have been shown to be effective. Photos by Trish Welsh Taylor The group stands on a rocky feature that heavy equipment used as a stream crossing while hydrologist Don Kozlowski ex- plains the conditions of the stream and meadow prior to restoration, and fells how the delivery of sediment from channel erosion into Lake Davis affected the trout fishery. The purpose of the project was pri- marily to stop eiosion, repair eroded channels, restore vege- tation on the stream banks and improve fish passage. A successful process of stream restoration accelerates as more vegetation establishes itself on the new floodplains. There were reports in the spring of full-size trout in the upper stream. That means fish made it all the way through and beyond the half-mile restoration segment. The design utilized bioengineering techniques that performed well and will not require frequent maintenance. LMUD's :-4th Annual Customer Appreciation c nb " : e e ration ii~i~:ii iiii! " " :~ Come join us as we honor you, :~:" :~:" our customers ~'~:" We Will fire up the ~,< trimmings, cold ~" drinks, chips and "~ )'" cookies ",~ ~:- -,< ):. -,< ):. -,< ):. gril!, serving com- phrnentary hot ~'< dogs with all of the ",~ ~:" Friday, September 9, 2011 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ~2- 65 S. Roop St., Susanville .~C LMUD is proud to be "Your Hometown Energy Provider". "~. Take this opportunity to inter- act with LMUD Board Mem- bers, Mmaagement and Staff- ask questions and voice your ~-f): comments on how ~ utility ,. , '~" is operating. .~C