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Butterfly Valley Botanical Area and Native Plant Walk set

Monday, June 29, 2015 — Sierra Institute for Community and Environment’s Center of Forestry educational outdoor tours announced a new tour of Butterfly Valley Botanical Area, outside of Quincy, with U.S. Forest Service botanist Jim Belsher-Howe.     

The tour will be followed up by a native plant walk with Jeanene Hafen and Terri Rust.
    The tour starts at 9 a.m. and concludes no later than 4 p.m. Visit SierraInstitute.us for more information on tours.

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Be rattlesnake safe while going outdoors

Monday, June 29, 2015 —As the warm weather returns, humans are not the only species coming out to enjoy the sun. Snakes, too, can be found basking in the sun’s rays. Although most snakes in the state are harmless, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds the public to steer clear of the venomous rattlesnake and know what to do if one strikes.
    All of California, from the marshlands to the mountains, is snake country. You don’t even have to be in the great outdoors to discover a snake. They can be found in your garden and sometimes even your garage, but there is no need to panic. Snakes play an important role in the ecosystem, including keeping the rodent population under control.
    Rattlesnakes are generally not aggressive and usually strike only when threatened or deliberately provoked. Given room, they will retreat. Most snakebites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally touched by someone walking or climbing. The majority of snakebites occur on the hands, feet and ankles.

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Helipad yoga returns

Monday, June 29, 2015 — Local yoga opportunities offer participants different ways to enjoy the beneficial recreation.
    From now through the end of September, participants can join instructors and others for outdoor yoga on the helipad in Susanville Ranch Park.
    Those interested in attending should be at the helipad, mat, water, hat or jacket on hand, to participate in the class.
    The class starts at 6 p.m. every Wednesday, according to Cas Ellena, yoga instructor. She said participants can hike up with others if they don’t know the trail.

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Lassen County youth invited to pitch in for meadow restoration project

Sunday, June 28, 2015 — Join July 8 for the Upper Stephen’s Meadow Restoration Service Project. The event will be led by Amy Holmen, land manager for Lassen Land and Trails Trust and is supported by the Lassen County Environmental Education Collaborative for students in seventh through 12th grades. Participants will travel to Upper Stephen’s Meadow, learn about the bionetwork of the Eagle Lake watershed and assist in restoring Pine Creek meadows through the removal of lodgepole pine saplings.
    Meadows play an important role in the overall health and integrity of an ecosystem. They purify streams and lakes by filtering sediment from runoff and provide foraging habitat for deer and small mammals. Additionally, they help support high levels of plant and wildlife diversity. By removing the lodgepole pine saplings from Upper Stephen’s Meadow, it will be improving the quantity and quality of water in Pine Creek as well as improving the meadow habitat.

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Free Summer Lunch program offered in Susanville

Sunday, June 28, 2015 — With school out for the summer, many students lose the free and reduced meals offered to them each day. For some, that food might be the only sustenance they eat each day.
     To help fill that void, the Free Summer Lunch Program, sponsored by Community Church of Susanville, will be providing a meal to Susanville children.
    Resident Kirsten Lima started the  program last summer and 4,551 lunches were prepared and delivered.
    This year’s program began  June 15 and Lima said they delivered 80 lunches and received six more referrals in two days.  

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