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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 15B HEART K, from page 1B high-density forest composed of small trees, said Jury. Instead of being used as a tool, fire has been avoided for over 100 years. Jury said the current forest condition is unhealthy and prone to insect outbreaks and uncontrolled fire. Trees compete for sunlight, water and nutrients; and many older trees never get the chance to grow big and strong because of it. Drought has also increased stress and mortality. By thinning the forest, the land trust and other volunteers say they are improving watershed health and forest resilience. Volunteers have been thinning the forest by hand, removing small trees that are unable to thrive in their current environment. A reduction in the amount of biomass in the forest also means wildfire potential has been reduced. Fewer trees in the forest means more water for other plants, wildlife and people, said Jl ry. He said rather than avoiding fire, the land trust is embracing it. Volunteers are using underburning practices to improve the forest ecological health. Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forests evolved with fire and Native Californians used fire to increase ecosystem biodiversity and productivity, said Jury. Undergrown trees populate the Heart K forest before being thinned by Feather River Land Trust volunteers and other organizations. Photos by Samantha P. Hawthorne The ranch is home to 884 acres of oak woodlands, old-growth conifer forests, riparian woodlands and mountain meadow habitats, as well as Taylor Lake -- a serene escape encompassing 80 acres of the ranch. Trees in this area of the Heart K forest thrive thanks to thinning He said using frequent, faded away. low-intensity fire is a Without their connection efforts by a variety of Plumas County organizations and least-cost method for clearing to the land, the Maidu volunteers. vegetation and is much less suffered poor health due to expensive than mechanical a loss Of traditional foods crews, the Maidu are beingbeing made based on science thinning or fire suppression, and practices, employed to assist with and periodic monitoring. As of June, approximately The restoration of the underburning and other 50 acres ofbiomass piles have Heart K will allow the Maidu work. Fundir g been burned and 70 acres to reconnect with their In 2012 and earlier this Before the land trust have been thinned, ancestral land. The Maidu year, Maidu elders and FRLT purchased the Heart K, it was are working with the land land managers came together at risk of being divided up and Maidu and TEE trust in using traditionalat the Heart K Ranch to sold into private ownership.. The Mountain Maidu were ecological knowledge to help discuss traditional ecological The nonprofit was able to pushed off land like the restore the land to its knowledge and how to applysecure a $2.6 million bridge Heart K during the Gold once-pristine condition, it in today's world, loan from the David & Lucile Rush and subsequently their Through the Greenville andFinal decisions on how to Packard Foundation. The loan language and traditions have Susanville rancheria fire best care for the forest are was paid off in May 2011 with help from hundreds of individual supporters, the National Conservation Board and the Northern Sierra Partnership. To help in its restoration and conservation efforts, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy donated $232,750, Toyota Together Green donated $63,206, the National Resource Conservation Service donated $46,287, the National Forest Foundation donated $23,438, the Morgan Family Foundation donated $5,000 and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. donated $1,000. Over 800 volunteer hours have been spent in the field, valued at nearly $20,000. Play day Guests are invited to visit the Heart K on Oct. 11 for a day of volunteer work, fours, fun and socializing. The annual Heart K Play Day will feature several informative tours, bike rides, volunteer work projects and a big barbecue. Events start at 9 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. A barbecue lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Volunteers eat free. Adults who RSVP before Oct. 7 pay $20. After Oct. 7 the price increases by $5. Kids 10 and under are free and students are $10. Proceeds benefit the Heart K restoration projects. To reserve tickets call 283-5758 or email For directions to the Heart K Ranch visit Lara Eichenberger Special to Feather Publishing It has been fascinating to watch the progression of Phil Gallagher's artwork at Main Street Artists' Gallery over the last five years: from symbolic Hawaiian petroglyphs to abstract segmented color fields to stylized Porsche engines to metal sculptures of animals discovery of surprising figures, organic elements and a tumultuous sense of movement portending either chaos, hallucination or some impending apocalypse. The viewer can find faces, torsos, airplanes, tunnels, tiny plant-like objects and organic elements all swirling in a tornado of energy and in rich swaths of brilliant color. It is tempting to create one's and October show, however, goes in a totally new direction that is a challenge to categorize. Some of the works are quite large, others long and narrow, but all are detailed in a surrealistic fashion that requires study and exploration. This leads to the tor Th6 i oming .............. own story from flis soup of organic symbols, giving rein to the subconscious and finding narratives in these dense compositions. The artist calls this new style "gesture drawing"-- in which figures simply happen without forethought. They may be recognizable or not and are open to multiple and constantly changing interpretations. Also featured in this show is the somewhat simpler triptych from which the current larger, more complex pieces evolved, culminating in what the artist calls "a new direction with punch": organic, random like nature, yet with an underlying order. Unlike traditional landscapes or figure drawings, Gallagher's new work stretches the boundaries and blazes fresh trails in combining both figurative and abstract art, resulting in these extraordinary pieces that lend themselves to careful study and are sure to leave the viewer in awe. They are a testament to the artist's creativity and his tireless exploration of new and unique ideas. Also appearing in October will be Chicago artist Jaroslava Kuchma, returning to MSA with a striking display of photos repurposed through the use of string and pattern weave structure, an u conventional art form. And, in observance of Halloween, Trish Atiken from Genesee will present her assemblage of handmade and very fanciful hats. The opening will be held Friday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served. Phil Gallagher calls his newest painting style "gesture drawing" -- the viewer can find figures and objects swirling amid color and energy, Photos courtesy Phll Gallagher Sudoku Puzzle #3063-D Difficult Sudoku = 79 0 2 3 "0 = 8 5 (/) = 1 7 6 2 9 4 4 8 .J 5 6 3 1 Solution #3062-D 41 86253 1 549687 637291 4 8954326 573 1 849 3628571 9267135 2413798 7895462 "To Each His Own" Across 1 Pillow cover 5 What a dog wags 9 Health resorts 13 "The Wizard of Oz" barker 14 African nation whose capital is Accra 15 Shelter for a boy scout 16 Impossible to get 18 All there 19 Ask nosy questions 20 Cracklin' Bran (cereal brand) 21 Hand holder? 23 FBI's sister organization 24 Poison 26 Merman or Mertz 28 Places to stay for the night 31 Section of Manhattan 34 Actress Dunne or Cara 35 Second Greek letter 36 Hawk's home 39 Teachers' org. 40 Tough choice 43 Astrological sign 44 Physicians, for short 46 Army beds 47 Touch lightly with a tissue 49 "1 __ do this..." 51 Take to the skies 52 Pace 54 Underground tunnel 56 '~____ you kidding?"" 57 Irate 60 Ruin 61 -Man (video game) 64 Salmon variety 66 Florida city 69 Stench 70 Finish by 71 Italy's old currency m m m 1 2 3 m m m 19 124 I I 28 29 3.0 m m ~ 34 m n m 39 m 52 53 m m m 56 64 m m m 69 m m ~ 72 m m m 72 Uses a needle 73 Indicates agreement 74 One of Scooby- Doo's pals Down 1 "Cut it out!" 2 60 minutes 3 Lawyer: abbr. 4 Cow's sound 5 Letter before iota 6 Small battery 7 __ Empire 8 Bert who played the Cowardly Lion g Paul and John: abbr. 10 Fruity dessert 11 Musical about an orphan w m 6 7 m m 21 25 m 31 32 m m m 54 55 m m m 23 m 37 38 m m m 43 61 62 63 m m ~ 12 Take what's not 45 Tree stuff yours 48 Put on "IV 14 Small weights 50 Male cat 17 Committed a 51 Expect basketball infraction against 52 Mexican snacks 22 Director Gibson 53 Eat away 24 One of 100 in D.C. 55 Samms and Watson 25 Orange snack food 58 "1 agree!" 27 Perfect score, maybe 59 The Flintstones' pet 28 "Do you ?" 61 Poker duo 29 Two-color cookie 62 Land measurement 30 Student's request 63 African nation that's also a man's name 32 Bank conveniences 65 Hospital places: 33 Aries animal abbr. 35 Ink stain 67 Do some math 37 Chair 68 One of Santa's little 38 Carry helpers 41 Cold cubes 42 Word like "happily" ,)