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Forest Service, conservation groups reach agreement on management of the Sierras

Feather Publishing
11/3/2014
 
The U.S. Forest Service and environmental plaintiffs signed a settlement agreement Oct. 9 ending a decade-long legal battle over the 2004 Sierra Nevada Framework Forest Plan Amendment, which affects management of the Sierra Nevada national forests in California.

A coalition of conservation organizations led by Sierra Forest Legacy and including the Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society filed suit in early 2005 claiming that the 2004 framework plan failed to adequately protect old-growth forests and associated wildlife species and was not consistent with national environmental laws.

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District 5 candidates make final push for voters

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
11/1/2014

The race for Plumas County District 5 supervisor began with three candidates earlier this year, and three still remain as the final days of the election period wane.

Three names were featured on the June primary ballot: Jeff Engel, Jim Judd and Jon Kennedy. But then Kennedy announced that he is relocating and wouldn’t be campaigning, and Alice Berg entered the race as an official write-in candidate.

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Prescribed burns planned for Plumas National Forest

Feather Publishing
10/31/2014

Plumas National Forest officials have started to conduct a number of prescribed burns this fall to reduce hazardous fuels and improve ecosystem health.

“To the extent economically feasible, we’ve removed all merchantable materials prior to burning,” said Earl Ford, forest supervisor. Planned projects include burning piled materials, low- to moderate-intensity understory vegetation burns on the forest floor, and moderate- to high-intensity broadcast burning of brush. The goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires, provide added protection for communities in the wildland-urban interface, promote more diverse and resilient ecosystems, and improve habitat for wildlife.

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County won’t pursue joint-facility plan with CHP

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
10/30/2014

The sheriff and California Highway Patrol won’t be sharing a new office in Quincy.

Last week the Board of Supervisors told the state that “Plumas County is simply not in a position to move forward with such a project due to financial and time constraints.”

The supervisors decided against the joint-facility plan during closed session after their regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21.

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