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California poppy emerging from the Bear Fire burn area. Photo by Darla DeRuiter.

Public invited to National Monument community forums

The Friends of Plumas Wilderness announced a Community Forum series to discuss its Protect Plumas Initiative and proposed Feather River Canyons National Monument campaign.

The series will provide opportunities to meet new staff and current board members, learn more about the mission of Friends of Plumas Wilderness, its current projects, including the Protect Plumas initiative
and proposed Feather River Canyons National Monument campaign, and learn how they can get involved in supporting local public lands conservation and advocacy.

“Friends of Plumas Wilderness is seeking public engagement as we explore paths for
restoring and conserving the public lands we are all fortunate to call home,”said Charles Schrammel, Friends of Plumas Wilderness’ Executive Director

The forum series will take place throughout Plumas County on Monday evenings during March as follows:
March 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the Taylorsville Historic Hall – postponed due to weather, reschedule date TBD.
March 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Portola Veterans Memorial Hall
March 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Quincy Public Library
March 27  from 5-6 p.m. at the Mount Lassen Theater in Chester (as a part of the Chester Town Hall).

FoPW seeks to provide information to communities throughout the county from central locations in Indian Valley, Eastern Plumas County, American Valley and the Lake Almanor Basin. Staff will present about FoPW’s current initiatives, programs, and campaigns followed by a Q&A session and an open forum for the community to share thoughts and ideas directly with Friends of Plumas Wilderness staff and board membersFriends of Plumas Wilderness has been working to protect, preserve, and restore our local public land and wilderness areas since 1974, advocating for the successful designation of the Bucks Lake Wilderness in 1984.

This community forum series is only one way Friends of Plumas Wilderness is working to engage with the community and to seek feedback and promote its mission. By working collaboratively with the community, FoPW aims to create shared opportunities to care for, steward, and enjoy our public lands for generations to come. “The lands we love are hurting. We, meaning not just Friends of Plumas Wilderness, but all of us who love this place feel a responsibility to act; to conserve the green spaces that remain, restore what has been lost or damaged, and prevent future devastation. We advocate for generations to come – human and non-human – living on healthy lands with clean air and water, thriving wildlife populations, and vibrant communities,” said Elizabeth Ramsey, Friends of Plumas Wilderness’ Conservation and Planning Director.

Community members are encouraged to attend the open forums and bring along their questions, ideasand concerns. Friends of Plumas Wilderness knows that a collaborative approach is critical to the success of its mission and conservation more broadly, and hopes this series will provide an opportunity to connect with the local community to create a shared conservation vision for the Upper Feather River Watershed.

For more information about Friends of Plumas Wilderness, please visit www.plumaswilderness.org or contact Executive Director  Charles Schrammel at 530.213.3737 or [email protected].

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