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Plumas County Sheriff’s personnel place a body on a gurney Friday afternoon in Portola. Photo by Laura Beaton
The Plumas County sheriff said a body found in Portola Friday afternoon is likely that of Michael Mowrey, a Portola man who has been missing since New Year’s Day.
Sheriff Greg Hagwood said a Plumas County search and rescue team discovered the body at 1 p.m. next to a rock pile near the railroad yard in Portola.
The sheriff said the body still needs to be positively identified. He said there was no indication of foul play, but added the cause of death could not be determined until an autopsy was performed.
When Plumas County adopted its updated general plan Dec. 17, 2013, it opened up a 30-day window for challenges, and there was one. High Sierra Rural Alliance filed a lawsuit Jan. 16, 2014, in Plumas Superior Court.
The lawsuit challenges the portion of the general plan update that pertains to timber production zones, maintaining that it conflicts with state law. High Sierra Rural Alliance is also challenging the general plan update’s environmental impact report as it pertains to timber production parcels and the county’s failure to recirculate the document after changes were made.
Long-term changes to forests affect biodiversity and how future fires burn. A team of scientists led by Research Ecologist Dr. Eric Knapp, from the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, found dramatic differences in forests today compared to historic conditions prior to logging and fire suppression.
The team conducted their research in the Forest Service’s Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest on the Stanislaus National Forest in the central Sierra Nevada, remeasuring three large historical plots originally established in 1929 to evaluate the effects of different logging methods.
Although summer has passed and fire season is technically over, record dry conditions throughout California and bordering states have literally added fuel to the fire, making it critical that residents remain mindful of potential fire hazards.
“We have not had much of a winter this year and the fire hazard right now is what it was like in September (2013),” said Peninsula Fire Protection District Fire Chief Gary Pini.
Genny Wilson returns to the Plumas National Forest, where she started her career, as the new deputy forest supervisor. Photo courtesy Plumas National Forest
Genny Wilson is the new deputy forest supervisor for the Plumas National Forest.
Forest Supervisor Earl Ford, who announced Wilson’s arrival earlier this month, said the new deputy already knows the area.
“Genny started her Forest Service career on the Plumas National Forest in 1988, so this is a homecoming for her,” Ford said.
Wilson comes to the Plumas from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada where she has served for the better part of six years as the district ranger for the Carson Ranger District in Carson City, Nev.
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