FRC Board takes road trip

The Feather River College board of trustees and administrators meet with community members Nov. 21 at the Alpine Grill in Portola. In a community outreach effort, the board held its November board meeting at Portola High School, following the luncheon and a tour of the school. Photo by Laura Beaton
Laura Beaton
Staff Writer


The Feather River College board of directors took a road trip to Portola for its Nov. 21 board meeting. In an effort to promote the college countywide and build better relationships with outlying communities, the board decided to hold some of its meetings off campus.

Following a luncheon with community leaders at the Alpine Grill, the board and FRC administrators toured Portola High School and then held their monthly board meeting in the school library.

FRC environmental studies student Laurie Munroe gave a capstone project presentation to the board. In a PowerPoint presentation, Munroe outlined the findings of the capstone team’s analysis of the college’s sustainability plan.

Munroe named the four major resources that necessitate monitoring and protection: the forest, watershed, cultural sites and wildlife habitat.

She said it was necessary to manage the threats to these resources in order to protect the college and community from wildfires and to protect the college from liability for a fire that might start on its property and spread.

Munroe talked about how the four major resources are interrelated and the need to monitor each resource, collecting data to better manage the entire campus.

Invasive species, such as thistles, need to be controlled in their infancy, before they take hold and become entrenched.

She said a plan is needed in order to be prepared to deal with nuisance species such as bears, deer, rattlesnakes and cougars.

For example, upon noticing that bears were raiding trashcans on campus, the team had to come up with a solution to stop the behavior. Studies show that once bears learn of a food source, they will keep coming back to it.

The team’s immediate solution was to remove outside trashcans. However, the group is working on a more permanent solution to the problem.

Some proposed management techniques are to reduce fuels by thinning and burning, maintain biodiversity, establish data monitoring, protect the watershed and protect Maidu cultural sites on campus.

In other news, students expressed interest in reactivating the associated student body. Chief Student Services Officer Karen Pierson told the board that a student is interested in representing the ASB as a student trustee on the board.

President Kevin Trutna said he has been working with the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and the Welcome to Quincy sign in East Quincy will now say “Home of Feather River College.”

Trutna presented his Report to Eastern Plumas County — Fall 2013, outlining the college’s outreach and activities hosted both at FRC and on Portola school campuses.

These include outdoor education and career exploration workshops, FRC campus tours, college prep workshops, Upward Bound programs, financial aid workshops and the countywide college and career fair at FRC.

Another successful outreach program was having FRC football players visit Portola High School and meet with students.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Dec. 12, 2 p.m., and will be a joint meeting with the FRC Foundation board.

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