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Plumas Earth Days, FRC honor sustainability awards winners

Rachel Bauer, left, emceed the 2019 Plumas County Community Sustainability Awards April 25 at the Town Hall Theatre. Friends of Plumas Wilderness President Darrel Jury accepted the award for top contributing organization. Jennifer Ready received the best individual contributor honor for her community work. Unavailable for the event, Trails Within yoga studio of Graeagle was awarded the best business contributor recognition. Photo by Roni Java

A full house applauded the distinguished recognition of three 2019 Plumas County Community Sustainability Award winners April 25 at the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy.

Established in 2008 by the Plumas Earth Days Committee and Feather River College’s Sustainability Action Team, the awards honor local individuals, businesses, students and organizations for significant contributions to the economic, community and environmental sustainability of Plumas County.

Friends of Plumas Wilderness

Friends of Plumas Wilderness  received the award for top contributing organization for its work to sustain natural areas in Plumas County. The group was honored for advocating to preserve wilderness areas such as Bucks Lake, working with the National Forest Service, hosting cleanup events on public lands, and conducting outreach to educate people about protecting wild places.

Rachel Bauer of the Plumas Earth Days Committee presented the award to FPW President Darrel Jury for the group’s longtime commitment to wilderness conservation. The group was also honored for its new short film “Visions of the Lost Sierra” that celebrates the value and majesty of the wild and scenic Middle Fork Feather River.

Jennifer Ready with Girls Rite

For her outstanding and positive contributions to Plumas County sustainability, Jennifer Ready received the individual award for 2019.

Ready was honored for creating the Girls Rite program to provide mentorship and a safe space for teen girls to learn about leadership, communication, relationship-building and problem-solving skills. The program also offers girls opportunities for outdoor activities.

In addition, Ready has served as a long-time member of the Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative board.

“Jennifer’s dedication to the community and the girls of Girls Rite is making our community a better place,” emcee Bauer said. “Her work contributes to the social sustainability of Plumas County.”

Trails Within of Graeagle

The 2019 Sustainability Award for best business contributor to economic sustainability for the county went to the Trails Within yoga studio of Graeagle.

Trails Within was honored for offering yoga classes, singing and other workshops, various trainings, outings and other events that focus on personal wellness. The studio was recognized for promoting mindfulness and community involvement that benefit area residents and visitors to the Lost Sierra who help sustain Plumas County economically.

The studio was unable to send a representative to the awards program and emcee Bauer praised the company’s work to offer backpacking trips, yoga instructor training and many opportunities for people to learn new skills that support healthy lifestyles.

Thanks were also extended to two local sponsors who made the awards program and ceremony possible: Quintopia of Quincy and The Brewing Lair of Blairsden.

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