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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 1B With its close proximity to the Equine Studies Center at the college, the Community Trail offers a great place for students to train and ride their horses. Respect Mountain Maidu.teve thhabitad this place for thousands of years. During their - long residence here they have developed a deep relationship with this place. The Mountain Meldu'e relationship with the land is one of use and respect. Maria Potbl 1695-1979 "Our people were constantly aware of the need for conservation. In gathering roots some plants were felt for seed and the disturbed ground was always leveled off. Earth was mother, who furnished the fOod, and we were considerate not to leave her scarred. A few berdes were left on bushes for the birds and squirrels and other animals, not only for their own sakes, but because they too were future food for people, In gathering eggs it was necessary to tsars some so they could hatch and produce eggs next year. In fishing, ell fish reedy to lay eggs were handled with care and put beck into the water, Animals reedy to bear young were also spared, We were also careful of our native growths and forests. Because of the danger of big forest fires the Indian people kept the brush arid trash, such as pine needles, burned off. This was done in the fall of the year when the reins started to come, Each group worked over certain areas. Now the state and federal forest services are beginning to use the Indian way to prevent large and destructive forest fires. -Marie Ports, 1977 The landscape was intimately known, and the very idea of community and kinship embraced end included the huge poputafions of wild beings." -Ga Snyder. 1995 - referring to indigenous peoples' rthallonahip with the land Mountain Maidu have lived in the Feather River region for thousands of years. In this plaque, elder Marie Potts describes the consistent care her people exercised as they lived in harmony with Mother Earth, always thinking of generations yet to come. Connections All community members are connecte0 in a comp}ex web of relationships. Re}ationships take countless forms the most obvious are competition and cooperation. i ','  ;! .: ,! Competition i ! I ', + ' In this forest, you can see :i how tast-grow,ng Douglas -, .... to reach sun(ight. I Cooperation . " / ' I Under the forest floor, a -::%"+ " '   ",,'.-c K() I web of fungi link root tiPS  ' .';OIL i I of pants to the so,. The ' ,, / .-' '.+,- I fungi aid plants in collecting   --:/ /P " , " ~;']..N6LI I water and minerals, , :,Kx, xJ, I fun, w.h euga ' ", / k Humankind has not woven the web of life We are but one tftread within It Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together, All things connect " -Chief SeetSe. 1855 Everything's connected, as this quote by Chief Seattle says: "Hulankind has not woven the web of life. We are but One thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things are connected." Changes Humans change ecological communities through their actions, both intentional and umntentlonal, "Quincy Escapes Threat of Fire by Narrow Margin" On August 14.1948: an unlntenllonal,y set tim burned through here The fire burned the area to your right, but did not disturb the forest to your left, The fire shsre 2,fi mites wast of Quincy end sweet to within a mila of the clly'a northwest 1emit, The fire was ane of five major forest fires in the county that wl AI oca timber mills dosed down while 2.OO0 men battled these blazes. A half century of supwesslng smager fires had ellowe woody materials to braid up end fuel this firestorrr , ,,, ,,,t,d,=+' "J'"Xo'+," Since the hre a succession of dillerent plant species have llrown ere, Grasses grew ec after the fire, then shrubs and eventually oek r-estllthod, Evergreen tree= are Jult beglnnlng to grow hare. more tan slty years since the ftre. "Earth has no sorrow that earth cannot heal." -John Muir 1872 Fire is an important ecological change that helps maintain healthy forests. This sign highlights a fire that burned one )art of the forest in August 1946 and left other parts unburned. REGIONAL The Community Trail at Feather River College starts at the bottom of the main parking lot at this distinctive kiosk. The 1-mile loop trail has interpretive signs that describe some of the historical, environmental and traditional uses of the land. Two 300,000-gallon redwood water tanks, constructed circa 1970 when the original Feather River College campus was established, provide potable domestic water and a fire suppression water system to the college. The.tanks are fed by two wells on FRC property and have a life expectancy of 100 or more years PhotOs b Laura Beaton Laura Beaten Staff Writer he Community Trail at Feather River College is a 1-mile loop trail that takes hikers through an oak woodland and a conifer forest that burned in 1946. The trail was built in 2006 with Secure Rural Schools money. Funding of $10,000 was allocated by the Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) out of the SRS funds. The trail is the result of a community trail-building class at Feather River College taught by Darrel Jury in fall 2006. Ken Cawley wrote the grant and led a forest thinning project in collaboration with Jury and others. The trail is sustainably designed, using few water bars and following the contours of the land. The trail begins in the lower corner of the college's main parking lot and meanders up the slope roughly parallel to the paved walkway to the upper campus. In addition to the kiosk at the base of the trail, there are five other interpretive signs that inform the hiker of various aspects of the land: its ecology, history and wildlife. Snake Lake Trail The kiosk is also the origin of the trail to Snake Lake. The steep grade makes for a great cardio workout, and is not for the faint of heart. The trail climbs to the top of the ridge, which has that deceptive appearance of always being just around the corner. When one does achieve the summit of the ridge, a trail marker points the way down a Forest Service road that hooks up with other FS roads and ultimately to the Snake Lake Spillway. Rick Stock, Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program coordinator and instructor, said the trail may be easier to find from the Snake Lake side. The Forest Service has maps of the area that might aid a hiker to stay on track. Winter storms and road washouts tend to displace signage, but the approximately 4-mile trail is worth the sarch for adventurous hikers not afraid of steep grades. The college is partnering with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship on a trail building class on the Mount Hough trail system recently approved by the Forest Service. And now that SRS funds have been extended for another year, Jury is contemplating applying for another grant to build more trails that will also serve as fire breaks. Community What does community mean to you? An ecological community Includes plants and animals. You are in a Sierra Nevada Mixed Conifer community. Welcome to the neighborhoodl -1 LM. fS4S Interpretive signs identify flora and fauna in the immediate area and also offer words of inspiration, such as this quote bl community. Interpretive signs courtesy Mistletoe is a parasitic evergreen plant found growing on oak trees throughout California. It has a long history of medicinal uses including treatment of cancer and epilepsy. The custom of kissing beneath hanging mistletoe is believed to have begun centuries ago in Europe as a means to inspire passion and increase fertility. Colorful oak seedlings speckle the forest floor with splashes of red, orange and yellow. Acorns, a staple of many native American diets, are still used as a food source. The bitter tannins must be leached out before the ground acorn meal can be cooked and eaten.