Panel to speak on Genesee Valley forest restoration efforts

Feather Publishing

The Plumas Audubon Society and Feather River Land Trust will host a public forum addressing forest and fire restoration in Genesee Valley at the Taylorsville Grange on March 27 at 5:30 p.m. People interested in forest and fire management on public and private lands are encouraged to attend.

More than $400,000 in grants has been received to reduce wildfire potential, improve forest resilience, promote traditional cultural practices and plan future understory burning projects in Genesee Valley.

Information about past, ongoing and proposed forest health and fire restoration projects will be presented by a diverse panel of experts.

Gabe Miller, Feather River Land Trust stewardship director, will serve as panel moderator.

Darrel Jury, Plumas Audubon Society conservation liaison, will present information on a Toyota Together Green grant titled Restoring Habitat with Native American Traditional Ecology.

Three grants from Toyota and National Audubon have funded efforts to engage Mountain Maidu in habitat restoration at the Heart K Ranch. To date, more than 100 volunteers have contributed 800 volunteer hours to restore wildlife habitat in Genesee Valley.

Danny Manning, Greenville Rancheria assistant fire chief, will present information on a Natural Resource Conservation Service Tribal Environmental Quality Incentives Program project. Feather River Land Trust has leased 40 acres of the 884-acre Heart K Ranch to the Greenville Rancheria in an effort to remove conifers from a mature oak woodland stand.

Terri Rust, of the Feather River Resource Conservation District, will discuss the Sierra Nevada Conservancy-funded project to improve watershed and forest health.

The Heart K Forest Health Project will thin 120 acres of mixed conifer forest. So far, the Greenville Rancheria crew has hand-thinned more than 50 acres of mixed forest and burned slash on 30 of these acres.

Ryan Bauer, Plumas National Forest Mt. Hough District fuels officer, will describe goals and logistics of the Genesee Valley Wildland Urban Interface Collaborative Underburn. The prescribed fire is planned for this spring, conditions permitting, and will target 40 acres on the Heart K Ranch and 20 acres on adjoining Forest Service land.

David Arsenault, Plumas Audubon Society executive director, will present information about the Genesee Valley Wildfire Restoration Plan, an initiative funded by the National Forest Foundation to develop a plan for evaluating the feasibility of restoring fire to more than 6,000 acres of private and adjoining public lands.

The primary objective of the event is to inform the public about forest health and fire restoration activities and to address questions and concerns.

A question-and-answer session will follow the panel presentation. For more information, contact Gabe Miller at 283-5758.

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