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  • 2008 Annual PLAS Research Report and the powerpoint presentations from the 2009 annual meeting
  • Independent Science Panel Report Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recover Act 2013
    An independent science panel was established by Congress pursuant to the Herger- Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act (HFQLG Act) to review the effectiveness of new forest management approaches on the Lassen and Plumas National Forests, and portions of the Tahoe National Forest in northern California. These approaches were designed to meet goals established in the "Community Stability Proposal" (1992) which was first proposed by the Quincy Library Group, a diverse group of collaborators including local citizens, the forest products industry, and environmental groups.
  • HFQLG Status Report to Congress FY 2011
    The fiscal year (FY) 2011 Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group (HFQLG) pilot project Status Report to Congress is the elevent annual status report on the pilot project. This report is a concise summary of the information required by the HFQLG Forest Recovery Act. For more detailed information, the FY 2011 HFQLG Monitoring Reports will be available at www.fed.us/r5/ hfqlg . Printed copies of all documents are also available upon request.
  • HFQLG Status Report to Congress FY 2010
    The fiscal year (FY) 2010 Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group (HFQLG) pilot project Status Report to Congress is the elevent annual status report on the pilot project. This report is a concise summary of the information required by the HFQLG Forest Recovery Act. For more detailed information, the FY 2010 HFQLG Monitoring Reports will be available at www.fed.us/r5/ hfqlg . Printed copies of all documents are also available upon request.
  • Hat Creek Ranger District Field Monitoring Tour 2011 Sept 13
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  • Mt Hough Butterfly
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  • Sierraville Perazzo Topaz Franc
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  • Almanor Grays Peak and Dry Hills
    Grays Peak DFPZ Project, Decision Notice signed September 2, 2008. Construct 608 acres of Defensible Fuel Profile Zone (DFPZ). The Grays Peak DFPZ project was split into two timber sales, and two service contracts. Only the plantation mechanical thinning portion of the DFPZ was reviewed during the field trip. We visited Unit 46 of the Grays Peak Timber Sale, which was 193 acres out of a 208 acre timber sale.
  • Beckwourth Freeman Fuel Reduction and Cow Creek Restoration
    The Freeman Project Environmental Impact Statement was signed in September 2006. First timber sale contracts were awarded in summer 2007, and the project has been implemented through a variety of contracts such as timber sales, stewardship contracts and service contracts, as well as Forest Service crews.
  • Feather River Slapjack
    The Slapjack Project proposes to construct 4,419 acres of DFPZ, thin 148 acres of area thinning (individual tree selection), harvest 219 acres of group selection, restore 59 acres of meadows, enhance 180 acres of California spotted owl habitat, stabilize 1,200 feet of stream bank, and control 33 acres of noxious weeds. Transportation improvements include 7 miles of road closure, 19 miles of road decommissioning, 18 miles of reconstruction, 6 miles of road maintenance, and 10 miles of new temporary road construction.
  • Lyons Fuel Reduction Project
    Where: Meet at Bogard Work Center (662-275 Hwy 44). When: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 start at 9am until approximately 3pm
  • Forest Monitoring Tours Scheduled 2011
    Seven monitoring tours are scheduled this summer and fall across the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group (HFQLG) Pilot Project Area, with the first trip scheduled for July 11. The Pilot Project Area includes the Lassen and Plumas National Forests and the Sierraville Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest.
  • Soil Monitoring Report 2010
    This report summarizes soil monitoring data collected as part of the Herger - Feinstein Quincy Library Group (HFQLG) Forest Recovery Act Pilot Project. The soil monitoring is required by the HFQLG EIS to answer: Question 6) Do Activities meet Soil Quality Standards?
  • Soil Monitoring Report 2010
    This report summarizes soil monitoring data collected as part of the Herger - Feinstein Quincy Library Group (HFQLG) Forest Recovery Act Pilot Project. The soil monitoring is required by the HFQLG EIS to answer: Question 6) Do Activities meet Soil Quality Standards?
  • Effects of the Pilot Project Fuel Treatment on Air Quality 2010
    The HFQLG Monitoring Plan addresses the following smoke management trend questions. These questions are answered below based on monitoring data collected through information provided by district offices within the HFQLG Pilot Project Area: Question 9: Were provisions of the Smoke Management Plan implemented, Question 26: Do prescribed fire activities meet air quality standards, Question 27: Do prescribed fires create a nuisance in terms of air quality...
  • Effects of the Pilot Project Fuel Treatment on Air Quality 2010
    The HFQLG Monitoring Plan addresses the following smoke management trend questions. These questions are answered below based on monitoring data collected through information provided by district offices within the HFQLG Pilot Project Area: Question 9: Were provisions of the Smoke Management Plan implemented, Question 26: Do prescribed fire activities meet air quality standards, Question 27: Do prescribed fires create a nuisance in terms of air quality...
  • California Spotted Owl – 2010
    Knowledge regarding the effects of fuels and vegetation management on California spotted owls (Strix occidentalis occidentalis; CSOs) and their habitat is a primary information need for addressing conservation and management objectives in Sierra Nevada forests.
  • Plumas Lassen Administrative Study Research Seminar
    Join us for presentations on the latest findings of the Plumas Lassen Administrative Study - an integrated research project on the Lassen and Plumas National Forests and additional monitoring efforts in the area.
  • Stream Condition 2010
    This report summarizes data collected from streams throughout the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group (HFQLG) program area in 2010. Data was collected to address questions 18 and 19 of the HFQLG monitoring plan.
  • Best Management Practices 2010
    This report summarizes results of monitoring conducted to assess implementation and effectiveness of Best Management Practices employed to reduce risks to water quality on projects associated with HFLQG projects.
  • Treated Stand Structure Report 2010
    Tree, understory vegetation and fuel data has been collected in permanent plots across the HFQLG Pilot Project area both before and after treatment.
  • Effects of wildfires on carbon stocks and emissions in Fuel Treatments
    Forests contain the worlds largest terrestrial carbon stocks, but in seasonally dry environments stock stability can be compromised if burned by wildfire, emitting carbon back to the atmosphere. Treatments to reduce wildfire severity can reduce emissions, but with an immediate cost of reducing carbon stocks. In this study we examine the tradeoffs in carbon stock reduction and wildfire emissions in 19 fuels-treated and -untreated forests burned in twelve wildfires. The fuels treatment, a commonly used thinning from below and removal of activity fuels, removed an average of 50.3Mg C ha-1 or 34% of live tree carbon stocks.
  • Botany Monitoring Report – 2010
    The purpose of this report is to document findings of the cumulative monitoring efforts accomplished from 2002 through 2010 by the Lassen, Plumas and Tahoe National Forest botanists. Monitoring in 2010 included both Implementation and Effectiveness monitoring. Implementation monitoring of units treated in 2009 was conducted to determine if recommended mitigations and treatments were accomplished as planned. Effectiveness monitoring was completed to determine what response Threatened, Endangered or Sensitive (TES) or noxious weed species had to mitigations and treatments or if new occurrences were found in project areas after treatment. The intent of the monitoring was to identify what worked, what needs improvement for future projects, and to provide documentation for internal Forest Service review as well as to the public. This annual monitoring is required under the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act (HFQLG).
  • Fuel treatment effects on landscape-level fire behavior
    Across the western United States, decades of fire exclusion combined with past management history have contributed to the current condition of extensive areas of high-density, shade-tolerant coniferous stands that are increasingly prone to high-severity fires.
  • Effects of the Pilot Project Fuel Treatment on Wildland Fire 2010
    Several analyses of effects of HFQLG activities on wildfire and fuels were completed in 2010.
  • Amphibian Monitoring 2010
    Monitoring was conducted to determine potential effects on amphibians within habitats that may be affected by projects implemented under the HFQLG pilot project. New methodology to establish baseline data developed in 2009 was continued in 2010 in the five areas: Independence Creek (Tahoe NF), South Fork Rock Creek (Plumas NF), Lone Rock Creek (Plumas NF), Potosi Creek (Plumas NF), and Boulder Creek (Plumas NF). Survey areas were modified in the two sites where mountain yellow-legged frogs (MYLF) were not found in 2009 (Potosi Creek and Boulder Creek) in an attempt to document the species presence. At all five areas, additional effort was made to document reproduction and some nearby areas with prior locality data were surveyed. Visual encounter surveys were conducted at all sites and all adult MYLF were tagged. Where sufficient numbers of frogs were present, population abundances of adult mountain yellow-legged frogs were estimated using mark-recapture analyses. Funnel traps were used to capture tadpoles in two locations.