Labor Day Weekend celebrates watersheds and woodlands with ecotourism events

The Sierra Institute and the Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce are collaborating to present an exciting event series across the upcoming Labor Day weekend that celebrates and explores the natural resources of our beautiful area.

Residents of the Lake Almanor Basin are among the 25 million Californians who rely on the Feather River Watershed for drinking water and irrigation via the State Water Project.

The natural and cultural resources of our region are valuable and precious to each of us, but also to our visitors and many who’ve not even heard of Lake Almanor.

Discover watersheds. Explore woodlands

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The “Watersheds & Woodlands” weekend is designed as a combined effort to celebrate and learn about the resources and challenges of our unique region with many activities to choose from and be able to “play in the outdoors.”

Three outdoor tours are being offered to explore the region’s landscapes, culture and history as well as local organizations that will gather at a Town Talk set in the historical backdrop of the Collins Pine Museum.

Participants can listen to live music, drink some local beer and listen to the groups as they share their work and goals for the region.

Sierra Institute will hold a meet and greet event at Plumas Pines with a beer tasting and a tapas menu, with an opportunity to watch the Lake Almanor Fireworks Spectacular.

The Tours:

Friday Aug. 30: The Sierra Institute will host a Sustainable Forestry Tour from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tour the Collins Pine Company state-of-the-art sawmill along with the Collins-Almanor forests to learn how they manage their forests to maintain a sustainable harvest, a healthy forest ecosystem, and a strong community.

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Hike to trees over 400 years old in Park 40.

Tours are $60 and include professional guides, snacks, drinks and lunch.

“Trees, Trout and Stout Town Talk” will take place 5 to 7 p.m. at Collins Pine Museum and lawn, sponsored by the LAAC and Sierra Institute.

Town Talks, dubbed “more social than a TED talk,” are opportunities to connect and share on a variety of topics.

The Town Talk on Aug. 30 focuses on what trees, trout and stout have in common. You’ll need to attend to find out.

Wondering what a watershed is? Why it matters?  This is a great opportunity to meet the local groups that are working for a healthy environment and a healthy economy. Bring the family.

Good presentations, music, games and prizes, appetizers and the Chamber’s no-host wine and beer bar showcasing local Waganupa brews are all on tap.

Organizations invited to attend include Almanor Parks & Recreation District, Almanor Fishing Association, Maidu Summit Consortium, Mountain Meadows Conservancy, Lake Almanor Watershed Group, South Lassen Watersheds Group, Plumas Underburn Cooperative and Fire, Chester Fire, Lassen Forest Service, Lassen Volcanic National Park Service and Chester Rotary.

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Saturday, Aug. 31: Three opportunities are presented to take a pontoon boat tour on Lake Almanor with guides from the Plumas Audubon Society.

Tours will be 8 to 9:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m. to noon, or 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., with a $60 tour fee.

Enjoy majestic views of Lassen Peak and view Western and Clark’s grebes on their floating nests (from the safe distance of 300 feet) and have the opportunity to see many different species of birds which often include osprey, bald eagle, common merganser, white pelican, bufflehead, double-crested cormorant, common golden eye, eared grebe, ring-billed and California gulls, red-necked phalarope, and Forster’s and common terns.

Participants must be 10 or older (10-17 years old must be accompanied by an adult).

The Wildfire on the Watershed Tour with Sierra Institute will take place 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity to learn about the Feather River Watershed, the ecological and cultural history of wildfire in the region and the latest science in fire ecology.

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Discover the relationship of climate change to wildfire and the impact of both on ecosystems, watersheds and communities.

The $60 tour includes transportation by bus, professional tour guides, drinks and snacks.

Enjoy another Trees, Trout & Stout Meet and Greet with Sierra Institute, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Celebrate clean water by drinking great beer! Learn about and support Sierra Institute’s ecological restoration and local economic development work while relaxing lakeside enjoying a delicious tapas menu.

The $30 fee includes beer tasting, appetizers and exclusive access to innovators of the future Forest Restoration Economy.

After sunset, end the day with the Lake Almanor Fireworks Spectacular. Grab a chair or start up the boat. The Fireworks Spectacular will be shot off the tip of the Peninsula.

If you’re not in a boat, the best viewing locations on land are on the west shore of the lake where there are many public areas from which to enjoy.

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