Press release from Symbioticrestoration.com Aug 9
The proposed Hat Creek Bioenergy facility signed a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). The facility proposes to use biomass from local forest health projects to create electricity (ca. 3 megawatts) using new technology. The facility is a partnership between local Hat Creek Construction, and West Biofuels, located in Woodland CA. Unlike solar power, utilization of biomass requires regular handling of material, which translates to more jobs and better socioeconomics. Utilization of biomass also helps improve forest management and air quality as the material is not burned in open piles, and thinning of dense forest structure reduces risk of higher intensity wildfires. The project is in part funded through grants received by the Fall River Resource Conservation District through a Wood Innovations Grant (U.S. Forest Service) and Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) from the California Energy Commission (CEC).
For more information visit: FallRiverRCD.org
From Shasta County Emergency Operations Center August 8
Redding, CA – The Local Assistance Center is closing at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 8) and will be transitioning to a Disaster Recovery Center, which will be opened by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) beginning tomorrow at 9 a.m.
Residents impacted by the fire can go to the DRC to get information about disaster assistance programs and ask questions related to their case. Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, volunteer groups and other agencies will be at the DRC to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance. Local agencies will also be available at the center.
The DRC will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the former Kmart building, 2685 Hilltop Drive in Redding. This center replaces the Local Assistance Center at Shasta High School, which has been providing recovery assistance since Aug. 2. More than 2,500 people have sought services at this center.
For more information on local resources, visit www.shastareddingrecovers.org, call 211 or visit www.211norcal.org/shasta. You can also follow the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency or the City of Redding on Facebook and Twitter.
(Compiled by Evalee Nelson 941-7909)
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Note: If your non-profit (501c3) organization wants to participate in North State Giving Tuesday you must attend an orientation workshop presented by Shasta Regional Community Foundation (Redding on 16 Aug from 1p-3p or on 04 Sep from 3p-5p.
Registration to participate in North State Giving Tuesday is 05 Sep at 530-244-1219
Aug 10 (Fri) Circle of Friends Yard Sale from 9am-12n at corner of Main St. & Tamarack. Proceeds from this yard sale will benefit Bailey Park, Burney Food Coop, Fall River Community Food Panty, Hill Country Clinic Food Pantry and Circle of Friends (335-4222)
Aug 10 (Fei) FOIL Used Book Store is open today from 10am – 2pm The book store will be open every Fri from 10 – 2 thru August.
Aug 11 (Sat) Second Sunday Breakfast at Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. from 7am – 11am. $8 per person
Aug 11 (Sat) Day in the Park celebrating Lassen Park Birthday party with live music, artistic displays and activities from 11am- 2pm at Loomis Plaza.
Reach the peak Hike-a-thon 8am to 4pm. Hike to the top and back on the Lassen Peak Trail. Meet at Lassen Peak parking lot. Registration Adult $50; Teens $20; 12 and under free. BBQ sponsored by Anderson Rotary $13
Aug 12 (Sun) 102nd Anniversary of the Round Barn and Ice Cream Social at Fort Crook Museum in FallRiver call 336-5110 for more info
Aug 13- Aug 17 Mountain Valley Health Center cancelled their Health Fairs this year BUT you may pay for your blood test voucher at the clinics all this week
Aug 10 (Fri) FOIL used Book Store open from 10a – 2p at corner of Main & Tamarack Aug 18 (Sat) Mayers IM Healthcare Foundation On-The-Green- Golf Tournament Aug 22 (Wed) First Day of School
Aug 25 – Sep 03 100th INTERMOUNTAIN FAIR
Fo full schedule of times and prices go to inter-mountainfair.com
For Rat Farm Adventure tickets, Farm game tickets, Truck Pull tickets, and Demolition Derby tickets go to tickets.inter-mountainfair.com
Carnival tickets and wrist bands are available at Tri-Counties Bank or at Fair Office Volunteers are needed: Clerks, Building Monitors, People Greeters (336-5695
Aug 25 – Horse Show beginning at 8am
Aug 25 – IM Fair Queen Scholarship Program at 6pm in Ingram Hall Aug 30 – Free admission and parking for Fair
Aug 30 – Rat Farm Adventures 7p $5
31 Aug — Seniors Day with free admission 31 Aug – Farm Games 7p $10
Sep 01 – Kids day with free admission Sep 01 – Parade
Sep 01- Truck Pull with Monster Truck at 7pm $25 Sep 02 – Cattlemen’s Day $5 admission
Sep 02 – Cattlemen’s Team Branding Competition at 2pm
Sep 02 – Demolition Derby at 7pm Bleacher $16 and Reserved $18 03 Sep – Free admission and free parking
08 Sep – 3rd annual Hat Creek Beer, Food and Wine Festival
10 Sep – Circle of Friends 10th Anniversary Celebration from 3pm-6pm 14 Sep – Bingo at the VFW Hall in Burney
15 Sep – Pioneer Day and Craft Fair at Fort Crook Museum in Fall River 10am -4m 15 Sep – Burney Boosters Homecoming Hoedown at the Rex Club at 6pm
22 Sep – Burney Chamber Fall Fling at VFW
Oct 07 – Heritage Day at McArthur Burney Falls State Park Oct 10 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday Oct 13- Intermountain Hospice Chair-ity Plus
Oct 13 – Burney Chamber/Pit River Casino Fall Festival
Oct 14 – AAUW Soups, Salads and Sweets fundraiser
Oct 21 – Harvest Dinner in Fall River at the Vet’s Hall at 1:00pm Oct 31 – Halloween at the Burney Fire Hall
Nov 2 & 3 – Debbie’s Country Charm in Fall River annual Open House from 10am-5pm Nov 03 – Glenburn Church Annual Piano Recital at 2pm
Nov 04 – Day Light Savings ends
Nov 17 – BES PTA Craft Fair from 9a-2p in Cafeteria
Nov 24 – Christmas Tree Lighting at Christmas Tree Lane in Burney Nov 27 – National Giving Tuesday
?? – American Legion Post 441 annual Christmas Ham Dinner
01 Dec – Santa’s Workshop at Ingram Hall 09 Dec – Christmas Light Parade in McArthur
01 Dec-12 Dec (days & times TBA) IM Heritage Foundation 12 Days of Christmas
24Dec-04 Jan FRJUSD winter break
BURNEY TAXI 530-605-7950
American Legion Post 441 – 1st Monday 5pm at Burney VFW Hall
Burney Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Tuesday, noon at Gepetto’s (335-2111)
Burney/Fall River Rotary – Every Thursday, noon at Gepettos
Intermountain Artists – 2nd Thursday noon-2pm at Evelyn O’Royce Art Center next to Fall River Hotel. Usually have a special presentation. Open to the public
Lions Club – Every Thursday, 6:00pm at the Lions Hall in Burney
Soroptimists – Every Wednesday, noon at Gepettos
Over the last two weeks Lassen County Fire Safe Council, Inc. (LCFSC) has been notified of grant awards totaling $16,405,844 for projects that will improve forest and watershed health and reduce wildfire risk for Lassen County communities. The project work will be implemented over the next three years. All the awarded funds come from the segment of the California Climate Investments (CCI) program that is administered by CAL FIRE. CCI is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities. The awarded grants include funds as follows:
Diamond Mountain Forest & Watershed Restoration Project $4,760,348
South Eagle Lake WUI Fuel Treatments $3,274,620
Big Valley Mountain WUI Fuel Treatments $7,922,828
Clear Creek WUI Fuel Treatments $448,048
LCFSC’s Diamond Mountain Initiative (DMI) was awarded $4,760,348 in funds to implement a portion of its Diamond Mountain Forest and Watershed Restoration Project on the Lassen National Forest. The project will restore 4,511 acres of mixed conifer forest and aspen stands. Treatments will consist of the thinning of mixed conifer forest and aspen stands, using uneven-aged management to increase stand complexity and carbon sequestration within all forest types. The funds for this grant come from the CCI/Forest Heath Grant Program that has a primary focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. DMI is an initiative that has its roots in local grass roots action spearheaded early on by local rancher Hannah Tangeman who led a petition drive that accumulated over 1,000 signatures in support of fuel reduction efforts on the Lassen National Forest.
Since 2013 the Lassen County Community Wildfire Protection Plan Working Group (WG) has identified Diamond Mountain as one its highest priorities for hazardous fuels/watershed restoration treatments. In 2014 the WG decided that the LCFSC should take the lead in developing a public/private partnership to address the issue. On that basis LCFSC formed the Diamond Mountain Initiative (DMI) in order to begin moving forward with both public and private land projects that would fortify our previous treatments within the community and restore and protect the watershed. DMI began meeting on a monthly basis and has also conducted scoping meetings. Members of the group include the Lassen (LNF) & Plumas National Forests, BLM, CAL FIRE, Lassen County, Honey Lake Valley RCD, W.M. Beaty and Associates, local fire departments, HL Power, several Registered Professional Foresters and numerous interested citizens.
Early on LCFSC received grants from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) and CAL FIRE for work on private lands within the Diamond Mountain watershed. In 2015 SNC awarded LCFSC an additional grant to provide funds to LCFSC to assist LNF with completing federal environmental clearance (NEPA) in order to move the project forward on National Forest lands. This was followed up with an additional grant from the Lassen County Resource Advisory Committee to assist LCFSC with gaining state environmental clearance (CEQA) so that the project could qualify for State of California project implementation funding.
“The Lassen County Fire Safe Council, Inc. would like to especially thank three Lassen National Forest employees for their outstanding efforts in moving this project forward” said Lloyd Keefer. “Chuck Lewis, Bobette Jones and Lindsay Grayson provided key support to LCFSC in helping write the highly technical proposal that was the basis for this grant award.”
The other three recently awarded grants come from the CAL FIRE administered CCI/Fire Prevention fund.
The recent Whaleback fire clearly demonstrated the need for the $3,274,620 South Eagle Lake WUI Fuel Treatments project. LCFSC developed the project over the last several years in cooperation with forest landowners and managers Sierra Pacific Industries, WM Beaty and Associates and Fruit Growers Supply. The project will restore the forest and watershed, and reduce hazardous fuel loads on 5,737 acres of forest at the south end of Eagle Lake and funds will also be available to remove dead, dying and hazard trees within the Lake Forest community. Forest thinning and removing forest fuels will limit the spread of wildfire on the landscape; removal of dead and dying trees from around homes and powerlines will reduce the risk of property damage from wildfire and powerline ignitions.
The $7,922,828 Big Valley Mountain WUI Fuel Treatments project will treat hazardous fuel loads on a landscape scale within and between the communities of Day Lassen Bench and Lookout. LCFSC developed the project in cooperation with forest landowners and managers Sierra Pacific Industries and WM Beaty and Associates and the Day Lassen Bench Fire Safe Council, Inc. The project will restore the forest and watershed, and reduce hazardous fuel loads on 13,400 acres of forest on and below Big Valley Mountain. Selective thinning and forest fuel removal will reduce wildfire intensity and spread and improve forest health. In addition, work will also be conducted to reduce wildfire risk in the community corridors of Day Lassen Bench and Lookout. All the work lies within High and Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones which will help to avoid substantial carbon losses from wildfire.
The $448,048 Clear Creek WUI Fuel Treatments project will remove dead, dying and hazard trees within the Clear Creek community and also create a shaded fuel break along Indian Ole Road. The project was developed in partnership with Sierra Pacific Industries and will be implemented through a cooperative agreement with LCFSC and the Clear Creek Community Service District. The removal of dead and dying trees from around homes and powerlines will reduce the risk of property damage from fire and reduce the risk of ignitions from these sources; construction of a fuel break will limit the spread of wildfire on the landscape.
“All of these projects were developed through important partnerships with forest landowners, local communities and the Lassen County Board of Supervisors,” said Tom Esgate, LCFSC Managing Director. “In particular, Lassen County’s support of our efforts with Title III funds was critical to our success in obtaining these grant awards.”