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Bill Battagin will lead the Friends field trip to Grizzly Peak this Saturday, Oct. 22. Attendees will be treated to 360-degree views and a unique look at the area from someone who knows it well. Photo submitted

Field Trip to Grizzly Peak changed to Friday


“The final Field Trip with Friends to the Grizzly Peak Inventoried Roadless Area (IRA) has been changed to this Friday, Oct. 21 due to incoming weather. All other details of the event, sponsored by Friends of Plumas Wilderness, remain unchanged.”

Bill Battagin will share his expertise of the area. Meet at Quincy Natural Foods (269 Main Street), or if more convenient, at Young’s Market in Taylorsville to carpool and caravan. Meet-up time for either location is 10 a.m. An hour’s drive will bring attendees to the parking spot.

Battagin knows Grizzly Peak very well, and will share his knowledge during a hike and discussion of wildfire history, management and risk; plant study and identification; and discussion about roadless area management and possibilities for future protections.

Friends will also point out landmarks near and far thanks to the amazing 360-degree views from the top.

Inventoried Roadless Areas are unroaded lands at least 5,000 acres identified by the US Forest Service under the 2001 Roadless Rule. On the Plumas National Forest, there are 5 IRAs totaling 65,000 acres, totaling just 6 percent of the forest. This means that over 90 percent of the PNF is roaded – a legacy of the mining and logging history.

There are four permanent tools of protection that Friends of Plumas Wilderness is exploring through the field trip series: Research Natural Areas, Wild & Scenic Rivers, Wilderness Areas, and National Monuments.

For the final event of the series, Friends will host Charles Wilkinson to talk about whether  a National Monument is the right fit for Plumas. There is limited seating for this event, to be held at the West End Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please contact Darla DeRuiter at [email protected].

Meeting locations, what to bring, and more information about each field trip can be found at https://plumaswilderness.org/connect/events-outings/ or by emailing [email protected].


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