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Fish and Game Commission a resource for wildlife supporters

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor

Most people have heard of the Plumas County Fish and Game Commission, but many are not aware of what the commission does.

The commission’s goal is simple: to enhance the fish and wildlife in Plumas County.

But the ways in which the group seeks to attain its goal are numerous.

David Valle, the Fish and Game Commission’s vice chairman, said the commission can be a valuable resource for local wildlife supporters.

“We want people to know that if they are interested in Plumas County wildlife, they can come to our meetings,” Valle said. “We can usually help.”

The advisory group, made up of two volunteer members from each of the five county supervisorial districts, meets the first Thursday of the month from April to December. All the meetings are at the Quincy Veterans Hall at 7 p.m.

Valle said the commission, which receives much of its funding from fines collected by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, can use that money for county wildlife-related projects and events.

“We have to go by our bylaws on what we spend money on,” Valle said. “But we tend to fund most requests that people bring to us as long as we are satisfied with the follow-up.”

The list of organizations and activities supported by the Fish and Game Commission is long.

Last weekend, the commission sponsored its annual junior pheasant hunt at Green Gulch Ranch, which was hosted by the Harrison family.

About 40 young hunters were scheduled to attend the event — which included guides with dogs, a barbecue and a safety class before the hunt.

“This year was really good because the kids were broken up into small groups,” Valle said.

The commission is very involved in supporting the high schools, Feather River College and local youth programs.

It sponsors Plumas to Pacific Watershed Conservation Education trips for all of the county’s high schools. It puts on fishing derbies in Indian Valley, Lake Almanor, Round Valley Reservoir, Graeagle Millpond and for the Portola Railroad Days.

The commission recently gave Chester High School more than $1,000 to help pay for updating its fish hatchery.

“The commission is made up of a good group of people,” Valle said. “We are concerned about a variety of wildlife issues throughout the county.”

Some of the issues include public wildlife education, scientific research, care of injured wildlife, improvement of wildlife habitat, game warden operations, helping the Forest Service with fishing access and boat ramp improvements and much more.

Under its bylaws, the Fish and Game Commission can approve funding requests up to $1,000 at its monthly meetings. Requests greater than that amount — if supported by the commission — must be approved by the Board of Supervisors.

Anyone who would like more information, or would like an issue to be considered for the commission’s agenda may email Dorothy Miller at fish-game@hotmail.com.


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