Opportunity to Comment
Chip-munk Recovery and Restoration Project
Mt. Hough Ranger District, Plumas National Forest
Plumas County, California
The Forest Service, Plumas National Forest, Mt. Hough Ranger District, has prepared an Environmental Assessment for the Chip-munk Recovery and Restoration Project (Chip-munk Project) to manage National Forest System lands affected by the Chips Fire. The proposed action includes the following activities: remove roadside fire-killed and fire-injured hazard trees, recover the economic value of fire-killed trees, and re-establish forested conditions by planting native conifer seedlings.
The project area is located near Butt Valley Reservoir and the communities of Seneca and Caribou within the Mt. Hough Ranger District, Plumas National Forest, California. This action is needed because: 1) the Forest Service is required to maintain roads for access and safety; 2) the Forest Service has a role to play in providing a wood supply for local manufacturers and sustaining a part of the employment base in rural communities; 3) the 2004 Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment Record of Decision provides for salvage logging following wildfires for the objective of recovering economic value from fire-killed trees (SNFPA ROD, page 52); and 4) Forest Service policy considers post-fire salvage harvest the functional equivalent of a regeneration harvest and directs forests to make a best effort to re-establish forested conditions within 5 years after salvage harvest (Forest Service Manual 2471 and 2472).
Roadside hazard tree treatments would include felling and removing fire-killed and fire-injured conifer trees posing a hazard to roads (up to 1,788 acres). Approximately 514 acres of Riparian Conservation Areas (RCAs) within 150 feet from the road prism and within roadside treatment units would be included for hazard tree removal. Salvage harvest treatments would include felling and removing fire-killed conifer trees (up to 3,675 acres) to recover the economic value of these trees. Approximately 949 acres of RCAs would be included within salvage treatment units. Of the acres listed above, 844 acres are salvage units that include roadside hazard tree removal. Reforestation treatments would include site preparation and planting of native conifer seedlings in areas of moderately high and high vegetation burn severity (up to 3,675 acres). Areas proposed for reforestation treatments are identical to those areas proposed for salvage timber harvest. Three actions necessary for implementation and connected with recovering the economic value of fire-killed timber include: 1) impacting approximately 10 acres of green trees adjacent to skyline logging system treatment areas to implement skyline logging operations; 2) constructing landings, skid trails, and approximately 1/4 mile of new, unclassified, non-system temporary roads to permit removal and utilization of material; and 3) constructing and reconstructing water drafting sources to water roads during implementation.
Mitigation measures were developed to ease some of the potential watershed impacts the proposed action may cause, specifically reducing equivalent roaded acres (ERA). Approximately 165 acres of skyline salvage units were dropped from the Chip-munk Project proposed activities. Four additional watershed improvement activities are being proposed to decrease the Clear Creek watershed ERA values. These improvement activities are proposed within the Clear Creek watershed only and include: 1) gravel specific road surfaces at approximately 20 road/stream crossings; 2) use NFS road 26N23C as a haul route and then remove culverts and decommission the road after project implementation; 3) upgrade the culvert at the intersection of Clear Creek and Seneca Road; and 4) protect system OHV trails from impacts due to logging operations and conduct repairs if damage occurs.
A map of the proposed action is available online on the Plumas National Forest webpage (www.fs.fed.us/r5/plumas); select the "Land and Resources Management" tab and then select "Browse through the Forest Projects" to find the project website. The environmental analysis is available for review at the Mt. Hough Ranger District Office. Additional information regarding this project can be obtained from: Katherine Carpenter, Project Leader at the Mt. Hough RD, 39696 Highway 70, Quincy, CA, 95971 (Telephone: (530) 283-7619; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The purpose of this comment period is to provide an opportunity for the public to provide early and meaningful participation on a proposed action prior to a decision being made by the Responsible Official. Those who provide substantive comments during this comment period are eligible to appeal the decision pursuant to 36 CFR part 215 regulations.
How to Comment and Timeframe
Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of this notice in the Feather River Bulletin. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this analysis. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. The regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period.
Written comments must be submitted to: Earl Ford, Forest Supervisor, c/o Katherine Carpenter, Project Leader, Mt. Hough RD, 39696 Highway 70, Quincy, CA, 95971. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Oral comments must be provided at the Responsible Official's office during normal business hours, in person or via telephone (530) 283-0555. In an effort to reduce paper use, the Forest Service will emphasize electronic correspondence throughout this project. Please submit your comments via the project website at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=41149. On the right side of the screen, under the "Get Connected" heading, select "Comment on Project". This will take you to the comment screen where you can type your comments or attach a document. Please indicate the name "Chip-munk Recovery and Restoration Project" on the subject line of your comment letter. In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for appeal eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification.
It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period. Only those who submit timely and substantive comments will have eligibility to appeal the subsequent decision under 36 CFR 215.
Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible to appeal must meet the information requirements of 36 CFR 215.6.
April 24, 2013
USDA FOREST SERVICE
Plumas National Forest
Mt. Hough Ranger District
Plumas County, CA
Chips Fire - Muggins Site Prep and Plant
Opportunity to Comment on the Chips Fire - Muggins Site Prep and Plant Project
The Mt. Hough Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest proposes to reforest a 152-acre portion of the Chips Fire in the Muggins Creek area. Reforestation treatment will consist of manual and mechanical site preparation, planting of native conifer species, and manual release for survival. Mechanical site preparation treatment would occur on slopes under 35%, while manual treatment would occur on slopes greater than 35%. Manual planting of one- to two-year-old native conifer seedlings would occur in early spring following completion of the site preparation. The seedlings would be planted in wide-spaced clusters, which are comprised of three trees approximately eight feet apart, spaced approximately 21-25 feet between cluster centers. This would result in initial stocking of 210 to 300 trees per acre, based on seedling availability. Manual release treatment would remove all competing vegetation, also known as grubbing, from a five foot radius around each surviving seedling. The legal land description for the Chips Fire Muggins Site Prep and Plant Project is: T. 26 N., R. 8 E., sections 7, 18, 28, 29, 32 and 33.
This comment period is being provided pursuant to the March 19, 2012 order issued by the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in Case No. CV F11-679LJO DLB. Only those who provide comments during this comment period will be eligible to appeal the decision pursuant to 36 CFR 215. Any individual or representative from an organization submitting comments must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request in order to maintain appeal eligibility.
How to Comment and Timeframe
A draft memorandum detailing the proposal is available for review at the Mt. Hough Ranger District Office. Additional information regarding this action can be obtained from: Linda Smith or Maurice Huynh, in person at the Mt. Hough Ranger District, Plumas National Forest, 39696 Highway 70, Quincy, CA 95971, by Telephone: (530) 283-0555; or by email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral and electronic comments concerning this action will be most helpful if received by May 24, 2013. Please submit comments to Linda Smith, District Culturist, Mt. Hough Ranger District, Plumas National Forest, 39696 Highway 70, Quincy, CA 95971, by phone at (530) 283-0555, by fax at (530) 283-1821 or by email to email@example.com.
Comments received, including the names and addresses of those who comment, would be considered part of the public record on this proposal and would be available for public inspection (Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 1508.22; Forest Service Handbook 1909.15, Section 21).
April 24, 2013
Estate of Cortez-Young
NOTICE OF PETITION
TO ADMINISTER ESTATE of Betty Zenaida Cortez, AKA Betty Zenaida Cortez-Young, decedent
Case Number PR 13-00016
To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: Betty Zenaida Cortez, AKA Betty Zenaida Cortez-Young.
A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: Elizabeth Cortez in the Superior Court of California, County of Plumas.
THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that: Elizabeth Cortez be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent.
THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority.
A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: May 13, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., at the Superior Court of California, County of Plumas, Room 104, Dept. 2, Courthouse, 520 Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971.
IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney.
IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code.
Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law.
YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk.
Attorney for Petitioner: Alice M. King, Post Office Box 3926, Quincy, CA 95971, (530) 283-0325, SBN: 144687.
Endorsed April 15, 2013
Deborah Norrie, Clerk of the Court
By P. Marchetti, Deputy Clerk.
April 24, May 1, 8, 2013
Music festival hearing
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
APPLICATION OF STEVE EMMERICH
The Plumas County Board of Supervisors will be holding a public hearing on the following matter on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 10:15 a.m. in the Board of Supervisor Room 308, Courthouse, Quincy, California.
Pursuant to Ordinance 02-967 regarding "Outdoor Festivals", application has been received from Steve Emmerich for outdoor music festival to be held in Twain, California, property owned by Delbert and Donna Lehr running adjacent to Butterfly Road near 130 Twain Store Road:
"THE BOUNCE" TO BE HELD
JUNE 20 - 24, 2013
The Board will take public input and comments about this event, and conditions appropriate for the permit.
For further information on the above hearing please contact: the Clerk of the Board at (530) 283-6170.
Written comments should be mailed to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, California 95971.
April 24, 2013
Water quality notice
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
Este informe contiene informacion muy importante sobre su agua potable.
Traduzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.
Tests Showed Coliform Bacteria in the
Quincy CSD Domestic Water System
Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct the situation.
We routinely monitor for drinking water contaminants in the water system. For December 2012, we collected 13 samples from our water system to test for the presence of coliform bacteria. Six of these samples showed the presence of coliform bacteria. The standard is that no more than one sample per month may show the presence of coliform bacteria.
What Should You Do?
You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.
What Does This Mean?
This is not an emergency. If it were, you would have been notified immediately. Coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.
Usually, coliform bacteria are a signal that there may be a problem with our source of supply, storage, or distribution systems. Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are present. We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing, and further testing shows that this problem has been resolved.
What Happened? What Was Done?
On December 3, 2012, the District collected two routine samples from the distribution system that contained total coliform bacteria. On December 4, 2012, six repeat samples were collected from the distribution system, four of which were found to contain total coliform bacteria. Sample results suggested that the contamination was originating from the Claremont Spring transmission line. Therefore, this source was taken off-line. The entire distribution system was then disinfected and flushed. On December 27, 2012, five additional samples were collected from the distribution system and were found to be absent of total coliform bacteria. As weather permits, we will continue to investigate the source of the contamination from the spring transmission main. This source will not be used until sample results show the water is free of total coliform bacteria.
For more inforrnation please contact Larry Sullivan, QCSD General Manager, at 283-0836.
This notice is being provided to you by the Quincy CSD in compliance with the California Domestic Water Quality and Monitoring Regulations as a means of keeping the public informed.
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