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Restoring the Sierra Nevada’s forests and watersheds main topic at Sierra Nevada Conservancy board meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 — This week the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Governing Board will meet in Nevada County to discuss a plan for addressing the unhealthy conditions in many Sierra Nevada forests and watersheds, and will consider awarding funding for projects that restore forest health and address abandoned mine lands in the region.

Last month, the Conservancy released the state of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests Report highlighting the extremely unhealthy conditions that exist in many Sierra forests. The report detailed the negative long-term impacts to California’s environment and economy that will occur if the pace and scale of forest restoration efforts are not significantly increased immediately. On Thursday, Dec. 4, the SNC board will meet to discuss an action plan for addressing forest health, building on existing efforts and identifying needed investment priorities. Today Wednesday, Dec. 3, the board will tour projects that address forest health in Nevada County. The public is invited to attend all SNC events; however, lunch and transportation are not provided.

BLM plans pile burning project at north Eagle Lake

Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management plan to burn piles of brush and juniper limbs during a two-day burn, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 2, near the Stones Bengard community at the north shore of Eagle Lake, about 30 miles north of Susanville.

Burn piles will be ignited only when weather allows for safe and successful burning and smoke management. Smoke will be visible from north shore communities, County Road A-1 and State Highway 139.

The piles were created during juniper thinning projects designed to improve wildlife habitat and reduce wildfire danger.

Park and ride comments sought

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 — Janesville residents have the opportunity to voice their opinions on a park and ride lot in their area.

A public meeting regarding the discussion of specific location options for the new or redesigned park and ride will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Artisan Coffee Shop in Janesville.

According to transportation project manager Cynthia Raschein, she hopes the later meeting time will allow more people in the Janesville community to attend the meeting.

Check out our Santa’s Sleigh Days promotion

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Check out our special Santa’s Sleigh Days insert in today’s edition of the Lassen County Times and the Westwood PinePress for all the fantastic deals offered by local merchants.

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 — The Lassen County Times’ Santa’s Sleigh Days has helped kick the Christmas shopping season into high gear every year for the past 20 years or so — and this year’s promotion in Susanville is no exception.

County negotiates for BLM building

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 — County Administrative Officer Richard Egan will be the lead negotiator for a possible lease/purchase agreement for the Bureau of Land Management facility that should be available in the spring.

The staff at the Bureau of Land Management has been moving its offices from the current location at 2950 Riverside Drive into the United States Forest Services building down the street.

If the county is able to secure the facility, Egan said the plan is to move the public defender, district attorney and child support offices to the location putting them closer to the Hall of Justice.


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