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Help Feather River Land Trust Save the Historic Olsen Barn

March 10th, 2015

The Historic Olsen Barn has been an icon for many visiting Lake Almanor and Chester, California

 

Historic Olsen Barn

Historic Olsen Barn

Tour the Olsen Barn

Feather River Land Trust has taken on the task of saving the Olsen Barn and the 107 acres it sits on.  How many times have you driven past the barn and wished to see the inside of the Olsen Barn?

The Feather River Land Trust will be offering a tour of the field and the Olsen Barn on March 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm.

Meet at the Collins Trail on the west side of the Lake Almanor Causeway at 1:00 pm.  Bring your camera and binoculars for bird watching.

Feather River Land Trust staff will lead you on a tour of the property and barn.  You will learn about some of the history of the barn as well as what is needed for the land trust to buy this property.  The goals they have to enhance the recreational opportunities on the property.

First steps in saving Olsen Barn

The Feather River Land Trust has been approved 400,000 from the Plumas County Board of Supervisors.  This is from Prop. 50 monies the county has available.

To keep the $400,000 and move forward with purchasing the Olsen Barn property FRLT needs to raise $65,000 by April 10, 2015.  Once that goal is reached another $300,000 needs to be raised by September 26 to purchase the property  plus additional amounts will be necessary for acquisition expenses and management.  FRLT is accepting donations online if you would like to help with this endeavor.  If the FRLT is unable to raise the 65,000 they will lose the $400,000 and the property will go back on the market.

History of the Olsen Barn

The barn that is standing is the only remaining barn of three barns Peter Olsen built in the 1860’s.  Peter Olsen immigrated from Norway in the early 1840’s to New York.  He made his way to the Oregon Territory, then onto Chester where be began cattle ranching in 1859.  Peter Olsen then went into dairying as many of the local ranchers did.

The Olsen Barn is not only a historical icon, but also an architectural masterpiece of the time.  It is built with massive hand-hewed timbers and held together with hand carved wooden pegs.  It has definitely stood the test of time.  There are not many barns left that have the craftsmanship of this early method of construction.

Significance of the Olsen Barn Property

The Olsen Barn sits on 107 acres of meadow, riparian  forest and wetland adjacent to Lake Almanor at the eastern edge of Chester, California.  The barn stand as a reminder of times past and welcomes you into Chester.

This property has a high ecological value, especially for birds.  The property is part of Audubon designated  Important Bird Area.  It supports the 2nd largest concentration of the endangered Willow Flycatcher in the Sierra Region. A breeding pair of Greater Sandhill Crane make it home, and many more during migration.  Over 200 species of birds have been recorded here.  The Olsen barn currently supports a breeding pair of Barn Owl. This is also a favorite spot for spotting Bald Eagles and Osprey.

The property is an important haven for wildlife habitat.  Also offers wonderful opportunities for nature based recreation activities and outdoor learning.

Cultural Value of the Olsen Barn Property

This property, along with the greater Chester Meadow, is of cultural significance to the Maidu people and is the last remaining piece of Big Meadow that supported a high density of Madiu’s prior to western colonization of the area.  The barn itself is a treasured landmark of the town of Chester.  The barn is one of the few remaining structures dating back to the original settlers of Chester.

How can you help save the Olsen Barn

Now is your opportunity to save the Olsen Barn and the property it sits on for the next generation to enjoy.  Any gifts can be sent to FRLT, P.O. Box 1826, Quincy, Ca 95971 or you can donate online.  You can visit then FRLT website for more information on Olsen Barn and the efforts to save the barn.  If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas regarding saving the barn please give Ryan Burnett a call at 530-258-2869.

If you are able to donate $1,000 or more to this first $65,000 you or your group will receive special recognition as the Olsen Barn entrepreneurs.

Information for this post was provided by Marilyn Quiadro, author of  Big Meadows and Lake Almanor  the book is available online or at Books and Beyond in Chester.  The Feather River Land Trust also provided details of the property.

 

More information on the early years of Big  Meadows and Chester can be found at the Chester Museum.  Watch for updates on History Month in May.  Lots of fun seminars, presentations and extended museum hours during the month will occur.

 

 

 

 

Bike Rides near St. Bernard Lodge 2015

February 24th, 2015

Bike Rides in Northern California – Lassen Park, Plumas and Lassen County

 

Lassen Park offers vehicle free day to ride Hwy 89 through Lassen Park

 

 

 

This will be the third year that Lassen Park will open the road to cyclists first.  This gives you the opportunity to enjoy the main road through Lassen Park without motorized vehicles.  Please watch the park website for updates as to when this will be.  Most likely it will be just before  or on Memorial Weekend.  The exact date depends on snow conditions and when the road crews have the road cleared.  Park website.

Comment from previous rider:

In 2014, the Park began an annual program where they opened the road to bikes and walkers only for one three-day weekend.  It is, to put it mildly, a dream ride.   The date is determined by the snow level, so you just have to watch the Lassen website/Facebook page and be ready to go with 2 weeks notice.  In 2014 the Park closed the road to cars for one day in the fall, again known only to people who had friended the Park Facebook page.  It’s totally worth the effort to arrange your riding to fall on these dates—having no cars on the road makes an already splendid ride simply sublime.   I’m told that the Park Service takes much heat from angry motorists about the closures, so, if you want the closures to continue, go to the Lassen website or Facebook page and add a comment telling them they’re a swell idea and you’re grateful as hell.   Full post.

 

 Indian Valley Century Ride

May 23, 2915  Start time 7:00 am

Indian Valley Century Bike Ride
This photo of Greenville is courtesy of TripAdvisor

This bike ride through Indian Valley offers you a choice of 3 different ride lengths.  All the rides take in the beauty of the Indian Valley Ranch and pasture lands.  As you ride look for some of the great barn quilt patterns on many of the old barns.

First ride is a leisurely 30 miles to Taylorsville and back to Greenville.  This ride is fairly flat.  Make sure to take a few minutes to visit Young’s Market.  Inside the market is a wonderful 100 year old cash register.

Metric Ride goes from Greenville to Genesse and back.  Lunch stop in Genesse before heading back to Greenville.

100 mile ride goes from Greenville to Antelope Lake and back to Genesse for lunch before returning to Greenville.

For more information on the rides and registration form.

 

Lost and Found Bike Ride

May 30th  Start time 8:30 am

 

Lost and Found Bike RideThis is a unique bike ride with a blend of pavement, dirt road, gravel road and historic railroad grade.  Net proceeds benefit Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship.

 

The ride offers 3 options; 100 miles with 7,000′ elevation gain, 60 miles with a 4,000′ elevation gain and 30 miles with a 2,000′ elevation gain.  There are 8 theme based aid stations along the route.  Post ride BBQ and cold beers from the Brewing Liar.

Ride descriptions, rules and registration information .

33rd Annual Mile High 100 Ride Chester/Lake Almanor

June 20th  Registration  6-9 pm Friday June 19th, 6-9 am June 20th at Chester Park or online.

 

This ride also has the option of 3 different lengths to choose from

1.  The Century Ride ( 3,200′ elevation climb) .  The ride starts at Chester Park, and heads out to Warner Valley and the Lee Ranch, then around the west side of Lake Almanor, heading south to Greenville and the Indian Valley Arm to Tayorsville and back up the east side of Lake Almanor into Chester.  As on the Indian Valley ride make sure to look for Barn Quilts along the route.

2.  The Half Metric Bike Ride ( 600′ elevation climb) Ride starts at Chester Park and circles around Lake Almanor.  Make sure to take time to take in the various views of Lassen Peak along the route.

3.  Metric Century Bike Ride ( 1,500′ elevation climb).  Again starts at Chester Park out to Lee Ranch and around Lake Almanor.

For maps and details of the ride.

Bizz Johnson Rails to Trails Fall Bike Ride

Exact Date still to be determined this event has been held in October previous years.

 

Bizz Johnson Fall Bike RideThe Bizz Johnson Trail in the fall offers some spectacular  fall colors  as you ride along the Susan River. Due to the remarkable autumn colors the Bizz Johnson Trail was featured on Rails to Trails Conservancy 1997 ” Fall Foliage on the web” rails to trails guide .

The bike ride, mostly downhill on a smooth and wide gravel trail, is ideal for  the whole family. Mountain bikes or wide-tired bikes are recommended. Riders should bring helmets, clothing layers for changing conditions, food and water.  By starting in Westwood at 5,100′ you have a slight climb to 5,500′ at Westwood Junction and then slowly drop 1,300′ to elevation of 4,200 feet in Susanville.  The trail crosses the Susan River 12 times on bridges and trestles and goes through two tunnels.

The Lassen Rural Bus weekend service will take bike riders from the historic Susanville Railroad Depot, 602 Richmond Rd., to trail drop off points at Devil’s Corral, Fredonyer Summit and Westwood, where riders can connect to the trail for 7, 18 and 30-mile rides back to Susanville. The Bureau of Land Management will shuttle bicycles from Susanville to the drop points.

Riders should meet at the Depot at 8:00a.m. to sign-in and load bikes on the shuttle.

Participants can register by calling the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, (530) 257-0456.  Watch for updates and register early, BLM has room to shuttle only 44 riders and bikes.

The trail is managed jointly by the BLM and the Lassen National Forest with support from the non-profit Lassen Land and Trails Trust.  Map of trail.

Fall Leaf Peeper Bike Ride

Oct. 3, 2015

This bike ride is held by the Indian Valley Chamber and follows the same routes as their spring bike ride.  During the fall ride you have the added beauty of the awesome fall colors of the area.  Please visit the Chamber website  for details.

General Biking Information

Bodfish Bicyles on the Main in Chester is a great place if you need personal information on bike routes in the Lake Almanor Basin or need repairs to your bicycle.  Their website has several great maps of different routes to choose from in the area.

St. Bernard Lodge happens to be located right on the route for the  Sierra Cascade Bicycle Tour.  The lodge is approximately half -way through the trip. ( Section 3 of the maps) Splurge spend the night with us have a great dinner and breakfast before heading out the next day.  The lodge is 15.2 miles from the intersection of Hwy. 89/36 at the south entrance of Lassen Park.

Video of the Sierra Cascade Bicycle Tour

Please give us a call if you need any help in planning a trip to the area for one of the scheduled bike rides or to visit at another time.

 

 

 

 

Snow Goose Festival – Chico California

January 18th, 2015

 Snow Goose Festival

The 16th Annual .Snow Gooses Festival is organized by Altacal Audubon Society.  This year there will be over 60 field trips,and workshops along with an art show.  The workshops and field trips are varied youth, beginner birders and experience birders will all find several field trips and or workshops suited to their interest and experience level.

Dates:  Jan. 21st – Jan. 25th

Pacific Flyway

photo by Steve McDonald

photo by Steve McDonald

 

The Snow Goose Festival is situated in one of the greatest migratory pathways in the entire world, the Pacific Flyway.  This flyway stretches from the Bering Strait on the coast of Alaska to the steeps at Patagonia in South America.

The Northern Sacramento Valley has some of the most accessible viewing areas on this migratory pathway.  Tens of Thousands Snow Geese choose to winter in the Sacramento Valley.  Close to one and half million use the Pacific Flyway.

 

The Snow Goose Festival is an annual event held in Chico, Ca each winter.  This year the event will run from Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 25th.  The mission of the festival is to celebrate the Snow Geese and to increase public awareness, understanding, appreciation and the conservation of the incredible wildlife and related habitats of the Northern Sacramento Valley.

 

Photo by Steve McDonald

Photo by Steve McDonald

Online registration is available until Wed. Jan. 21st.  Please visit  the Snow Goose Festival website to check for open field trips.  A few of the trips still open are; Marathon Big Birding Day in Colusa County, Marathon Big Birding Day in Butte County, Bidwell’s Yah Trail, Winter Raptors on the Sacramento Refuge Fly-off to name a few.

Another open field trip that is not entirely focused on birding is the Birds and Rice Growers tour which is on Friday.  The tour will include the rice drying operations at the plant in Richvale.

Special field trips to areas that are not always open to the general public include; Rancho Esquon,  and Dye Creek Preserve.

Rancho Esquon is a working ranch and it is common to see Sandhill Cranes during the winter months on the ranch.  Dye Creek Preserve is in Eastern Tehama County.  Lewis’s Woodpecker, Acorn Woodpecker, Oak Titmouse, California Quail, Ferruginous Hawk, Bald and Golden Eagle are all common.

The bird carving, Gardens as Habitat, and photography workshops are still open.  You do not have to be a “birder” to enjoy these workshops.

Field trips and workshops range in prices from 8 dollars to 45 dollars.

Youth Oriented Programs

kids snow goose 2

 

On Sat. and Sunday several workshops are designed especially for youth at the Chico Masonic Family Center.  Smokey the Bear and the Blue Goose will be making an appearance.  Children can earn a Junior Ranger Badge and a Junior Naturalist Certificate.

 

 

Steve Zachery from Lassen Volcanic National Park with  be leading a workshop on Sunday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm which will teach children how to identify the four major types of volcanoes.  If you have not visited Lassen Park it is worth adding to your list of National Parks to visit.  Lassen Park is the only National Park in the U.S. that has all four types of volcanoes within park boundaries.

Lassen Park is home to 216 species of birds.  The park is part of several monitoring programs and a bird banding station.  Bird list for Lassen Park.

 

  Art Show

snow goose art

Fifty-five artists have submitted work to be on display at the Avenue 9 Gallery at 180 E. Ninth and The Esplande.  Artwork will be on display from Jan. 16th- February 7th.  There will be a free reception on Jan. 23rd from 5- 8 pm.

List of artists displaying their work.

 

 

If you have a few extra days in the area, plan a stay at the St. Bernard Lodge.  St. Bernard Lodge is about one hour north of Chico and 20 minutes from the SW entrance of Lassen Park.  St. Bernard Lodge is also about 40 minutes from the Bizz Johnson Trail which is a California Watchable Wildlife Viewing Area.  Bizz Johnson Trail is home to 100 bird species.

Winter Film Festival at Lassen Park 2015

December 29th, 2014

 Winter Film Festival at Lassen Park is back again this year

When: Saturday January 17th through Monday, January 19, 2015
Where: KohmYah-mah-nee Visitor Center

Time: 10 am – 4 pm each day

This will be the third year for the Winter Film Festival at Lassen Park.  Plan your visit to Lassen Park to celebrate Lassen Volcanic National Park and outdoor recreation through film.

The Winter Film Festival will be featuring 6 full length films; Ultimate Mars Challenge, The City Dark, Tell it on the Mountain, The Great Vacation Squeeze, Glacier Caves; Mt. Hood’s Secret World and Ishi the Last Yahi.

There are also 13 different short films of 15 minutes or less. Please visit Lassen Park website for showing times and details on each of the films. This Winter Film Festival has something for any out  door enthusiast.

If you are not into watching films about the great outdoors you can simply enjoy the park and take in some great vistas while skiing, snowshoeing or just sledding.

Winter Snow Sports at Lassen

 

Bring your sleds, snowshoes and or skis to enjoy the winter wonderland of Lassen Park before or after watching a film.  Sledding is available close to parking area.  Short one mile walk along park road from visitor center to Sulphur Works is great for snowshoe beginners.

More advanced trails for both XC and back-country skiing and snowshoeing include McGowan Lake, Ridge Lakes, Brokeoff , Mt. Diller, and Pilot Pinnacle Maps of winter trails for Lassen Park  and Lassen National Forest.

 Earn Your Turns Video, great video of skiing the back-country of Lassen Park.

Lassen Park will be offering Ranger-led snowshoe walks on both Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Lassen Cafe will be open for the weekend or bring your own picnic to enjoy by the natural stone fireplace in the visitor center. Many visitors love to tailgate in the parking lot.

Monday January 19th is the first fee free day of 2015 in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This is a great weekend to visit Lassen Park. It is your choice to be adventurous or just stay at the visitor center and enjoy some great films offered during the Winter Film Festival at Lassen Park.

 

Winter Sports in Lassen Volcanic National Park

December 17th, 2014

Lassen Park – Great Place for Winter Sports and Snow Play

 

Winter Visitor Center

 

Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center will remain open this winter at Lassen Park.  The visitor center is a great place to relax and warm-up after a day of playing in the snow.

Days:  Wed. through Thurs. until March 31, 2015                            Hours: 9 am – 5 pm

 

New this year the Lassen Cafe & Gifts will be open selected dates from 9 am – 4 pm on the following specific dates:   Dec. 26th – Dec. 31st.; Jan. 1st – 4th; Jan. 17th – 19th for the  Winter Film Festival and Free entrance to Lassen Park on Jan.  19th.  Also for President’s weekend on Feb. 14- Feb. 16th.  Lassen Park will be offering free park entrance for President’s Weekend also.

Learn to Snowshoe for 1.00

Snow sports: snowshoeing

Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks will begin in January on Saturday Jan. 3 and will continue through April 5th, 2015.  The walks are held on  Saturday and Sundays,  from 1:30  to approximately 3:30 pm.

Meet at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.

If you have never snowshoed before, Ranger-led snowshoe walks are an excellent way to learn or practice snowshoeing techniques and explore Lassen in its winter form.

Route and distance varies depending on group ability and fitness. At the beginning of each snowshoe walk, a ranger will demonstrate how to put on snowshoes and how to move around. Once the basic techniques are covered, the group heads out into the snow and the adventure begins!

Snowshoes are provided, a $1 donation is requested to cover maintenance costs. Reservations are required for organized groups, but not for families or individuals. Walks are open to those eight years of age and older; children in carriers are not allowed due to safety concerns.

The park is adding new Spanish speaking and English Snowshoe Programs on Saturday, February 10, February 21, March 3, and March 21, 2015.

These new Spanish Snowshoe Programs  also meet at the visitor center and run from 10 am to 12 noon approximately.

These walks will most likely follow the snow-covered park highway from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center to the Sulphur Works hydrothermal area. The route is about two miles round-trip and is appropriate for first-time snowshoers.

For both of these Ranger led snowshoe walks plan on arriving a little early.  Size of the groups are limited to about 20 snowshoers.  This program has been growing in popularity each year.

XC Skiing at Lassen Park

Snow Sports: XC Lassen

Lassen park  is a wonderland for winter sports including; cross-country skiing and sledding.  The backcountry of Lassen Park offers unparalleled opportunities for some great cross-country, Telemark or Randonee skiing.

The 29 mile snow-covered main road of Lassen Park is a good place to start.  The road can be accessed from the Kohm-Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center on the south side of the park or the Loomis Museum on the north side of the park.

For the more adventurous there are a few marked backcountry wilderness winter skiing trails.  Park Trail Maps please scroll to page 7 for winter trail maps.

Sledding and Snowplay

If you just want to play with the kids in the snow, there are several sledding hills close to the parking area of the Kohm-Yah-mah-nee  Visitor Center.  The visitor center makes a great place to warm up after playing in the snow.

Winter Lodging When Visiting Lassen Park

If you need a place to spend the night please consider St. Bernard Lodge.  The winter months are a great time to bring school groups, youth groups ( boy scouts, girl scouts, campfire girl etc.)  The lodge offers special group rates.  Please call 530-258-3382 and we will be glad to help you plan your trip.

Lassen Park offers special Winter Ecology Programs for school and youth groups.  It is usually best to call the park directly to customize your programs to the needs of your group.  Lassen Park Education Specialist  can be reached at  530-595-6132 ext. 6142.

 

Lassen Volcanic National Park Proposal for 2015 Fee Increases

November 21st, 2014

What is a visit to a National Park Worth?

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Boardwalks to view Bumpass Hell

 Per a memo put out by National Park Service Director, Jon Jarvis,  for the 1st time in 8 years the National Park Service will be allowed to raise entrance and amenity fees. Lassen Park has not had a entrance fee increase since 1998.  The proposed fees are a significant increase in many cases. 131 of the 401 public areas under the NPS are considering the fee increases. Please take time to learn about these proposed fees and let the National Park Service know how you feel. 

My take from the memo sent in August:

  1. The Park Service feels increase fees will allow for the park service to invest in improvements necessary to provide the best park experience to visitors.
  2. Goal to have all  National Parks  within a group at a standard rate by 2017. The National Park Units have been divided into 4 groups.
  3. Implementation and timeline of fee hikes may vary by Park.
  4. Each Regional Director must verify that there is general public support for proposed fee changes at each park.

National Parks  in the Pacific West Region have until Jan. to send in comments collected to the Regional Office.  The regional office will have until March 2, 2015 to send a report to Washington D.C.  Each park is conducting outreach to gather input. 

Lassen Volcanic National Park is taking comments until December 5th, 2014Please visit  Lassen Park website  to leave your comment.  You may check for timeline for comments at other National Parks by visiting their individual website.

Lassen park is also doing an outreach on November 22, 2014 in Chester, Ca at the Holiday Market from 10 am – 1 pm. Park Rangers will be available at an information booth.  Please stop by and ask any questions you may have.  

Lassen Volcanic National Park has prepared a  News Release for proposed fee increases. One hundred percent of the revenue derived from passes sold at federal recreation sites  directly benefit the selling agency and no less than 80 percent of the revenue will remain at the site where the pass was sold. Lassen Park anticipates with the full rate increase  additional revenue of  800,000 to stay at Lassen Park.

Repairs needed at Kings Creek Falls

Repairs needed at Kings Creek Falls

 Lassen park is looking at making the following improvements; Repair PCT, Warner Valley Campground rehabilitation, Children’s Exhibits for Visitor Center, Crags Campground Youth Camp,  Kings Creek Overlook Trail rehabilitation , Rehab of Bumpass Hell Trail, and Summit Lake Campground road re-paving.  As a visitor to Lassen Park if you feel that other improvements are needed please let the park know now.

Most of us agree that the National Parks are “the best idea America ever had.”  Unfortunately due in part to our political system, both in Congress and with differing visions in the Park Service our parks are in need of over 11.3 billion in maintenance backlog at the end of fiscal year 2013. 

What is it worth to you to make sure that our National Parks are maintained for future generations?  From surveys done in 2000 only 11% of people paying a daily or weekly entrance fee and 4 % for an annual or lifetime pass felt they paid too much for the experience they received during their visit.  Is a 100 to 150% fee increase too much though?

The National Park Service will be 100 years old in August of 2016.  The original intent of our National Park System was to; “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Previous generations had the vision to set aside tracts of land and set-up the National Park Service for us to enjoy today.  We need to have the vision to make sure future generations will be able to enjoy our National Parks.  

This is your opportunity to offer any ideas on rate structure,  fees, and maintenance needed  at any of the 131 National Park Service Units looking at rate increases. Make your comments now. Writing your Congress person encouraging them to responsibility fund the National Park System may help in protecting our parks into the future.            

Cutting your Christmas Tree in Northern California

November 4th, 2014

 Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Christmas tree cutting permits for personal use are now on sale at both the Plumas and the Lassen National Forest.  St. Bernard Lodge is close to both forests and both forests are great places to find your perfect Christmas tree this year.

Start or continue a family tradition of cutting your own Christmas Tree

Cut your own Christmas Tree

Permits are only 10 dollars and trees may be cut now until December 25, 2014. Make this a family or group outing. With purchase of a permit you will be given a map of the tree cutting areas and regulations.

Take the family out and find the perfect Christmas tree. With careful selection of your tree you not only get the best and freshest Christmas tree you will be improving the health of our forest with thinning.

Both the Lassen National Forest  and the Plumas National Forest have an abundance of Douglas Fir, California Red Fir and White Fir trees, which are all favorites for Christmas Trees.

To make your trip more memorable spend a night or two at the St. Bernard Lodge. Lassen National Forest is only a few minutes from the lodge. You may book a single room at the lodge or book the entire lodge for a group of up to 20 guests. We will cook and clean for you giving you the day to find your perfect Christmas tree and enjoy the outdoors.

After cutting your Christmas tree return to the lodge to warm up, relax, play a game of pool, or have a warm (or cold) drink at the bar. Need more action head into town for some very unique shopping choices or visit Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Tips on finding the perfect Christmas Tree

1. Measure – Before you leave home and go hunting for that “perfect tree,” you’ll need to decide where it will fit in your home. Once a spot is chosen be sure to measure both the ceiling height and the width of that space. Also, measure your tree stand to determine the maximum diameter of the tree trunk you can use in it. Finally, measure the height of your tree stand as well as the height of your treetop decoration. Use all these measurements to determine the perfect height and width of the Christmas tree you’ll select for your home.

2. Make sure to bring your tape measure – From personal experience the size of the tree can be very deceiving in the forest. You want to be a responsible Christmas tree harvester and not cut a tree that you will need to cut down once at home.

3. Things to pack- Heavy gloves to protect your hands, old blanket or tarp to protect your car and tree, twine or rope to securely tie your tree to the car, hand saw, snacks and water, clothing for possible snow conditions.

4. Make sure you have your permit- You may order via mail or purchase at one of the following locations. Make sure you know hours and days permits may be purchased.

Permits for Plumas National Forest

Quincy Area
Mt. Hough Ranger District
39696 Hwy. 70
3 miles north of Quincy
(530) 283-0555
8:00 am to 4:30 pm Mon-Friday
following a Thanksgiving closure and weekdays until December 23rd.

More locations for permits

Lassen National Forest

Maps, regulations and locations with permits for sale

Almanor Ranger District
900 East Hwy 36
P.O. Box 767
Chester 96020
530-258-2141
8:00 am – 4:30 pm Mon-Friday
Special Days and hours: Saturdays: Nov 29, Dec 6 and 13 9 am – 3 pm Lassen Forest Headquarters
2550 Riverside Dr

Mineral Creek Work Center
38795 Highway 36 East
Mineral
(530) 595-3311
Special Days and hours: Saturdays Nov 29, Dec 6 and 13 from 9 am -3 pm
No mail-in requests accepted Butte Meadows Work Center

7288 Humboldt Rd
Butte Meadows
(530) 258-2141
Special Days and hours: Friday, Nov 29 from 9:30 am-3:00 pm, Saturdays Nov 29, Dec 6 and 13 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and Sundays Nov 30, Dec 7 and 14,
from 9:00 am – 3 pm
No mail-in requests accepted

Mail in form for Lassen National Forest  

Tips for taking care of your Christmas Tree

When you get home follow these tips for taking care of your tree.

Plan your trip

If you need any help in planning your trip please call St. Bernard Lodge at 530-258-3382.  Even if you are not staying with us, if we know a day in advance to can provide breakfast, lunch or dinner for your group visiting the area.

 

 

 

Fall Biking Events in Plumas County & Lassen Park

September 26th, 2014

Three Weekends with special  fall biking events scheduled for Plumas County and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

 

Leaf Peeper Bike Ride hosted by Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce

Sat. Oct, 4th

 

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Three rides for different skill levels will be offered.  All the rides begin and end at the Greenville High School.

 

1. The 100 mile rides takes you through Genesee, pass the Heart K Ranch and up around Antelope Lake.

2.  The metric ride takes you to Genesse and back.

3.  30 mile route is from Greenville High School to Taylorsville and back.

 

Registration forms are available from the Indian Valley Chamber.  Registrations will also be accepted the morning of the ride between 7 am and 9 am at the Greenville High School.

Registration includes a lunch, snacks and bevarages along the route.  Showers are available at the end.

 

Playday at the Heart K Ranch

Sat. Oct. 11

Photo by Heather Kingdon

Heat K Ranch Photo by Heather Kingdon

A moderate Mountain Biking Route has been added to the days events.  Approximate time of ride is 9 am – noon.  Video of route.

This ride will be lead by Feather River Land Trust and outdoor enthusiast Dana Fenimore for a beautiful fall ride along a historic wagon route between Genesee and Reno in rural Plumas County, CA. The ride takes you along Red Clover creek with lovely fall foliage and spectacular views of the montane meadows of the “Lost Sierra”. This ride is an out and back on well maintained dirt roads with multiple turn around options.

Other Play Day events:

Volunteer

Help with restoration of historic building and forest cleanup. 9 am – noon.

Ranch tour highlighting sustainable Ag, Native American Land Use and Healthy Forest Project.  9 am – noon.

BBQ Lunch from 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Play Day Fun!  1pm – 4pm.  No host Brewing Lair beer/wine.  Hula Hoop Contest and Silent Auction.

Buy tickets before Oct. 7th  20.00 adults, after Oct. 7th 25.00 for adults.  Students 10.00.

Volunteers and children 10 and under free.  This is a fund raising event for the Heart K Ranch.  Please RSVP at 530-283-5758 or kkleven@frlt.org or online at frlt.org.

The Heart K Ranch is about 15 miles from the intersection of Hwy 89 and Arlington Road.  Follow Arlington about 5 miles, through Taylorsville and bear right onto the Genessee Road.  Follow for 9 miles until you see the Heart K Ranch.  Big Red Barn on left with barn Quilt on front.

Fall Bike Ride in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Sat. Oct. 18th.

 

Lassen Park has added a new event for Fall of 2014.

vehicle free day

This is your opportunity to enjoy walking, running or biking the park highway vehicle-free.  You may even bring leashed pets for the event.

Take your time enjoy the views and fall colors along the park road without the disruption of motorized vehicles.

Be prepared for cool weather,  layered clothing,sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are advised.  Restrooms will be open at various stops along the highway.  Water will be available at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, Lassen Peak parking area and the Loomis Musuem.

For more details about this special fall bike ride in Lassen Park read the fall vehicle-free day handout.

 

Rooms are still available for all three of these weekends at the St. Bernard Lodge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Lands Day Special Events at Lassen Park

September 20th, 2014

5th Annual Art & Wine of Lassen Festival with Free Park entrance in honor of Public Lands Day.

 

The Lassen Park Rangers, Lassen Association and Cal Parks Company have planned a fun filled day at Lassen Park to celebrate Public Lands Day.

Begin the day with a special Junior Ranger Program – Art in the Park

junior ranger10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Amphitheater

Guests artists will be on hand to help you show how Lassen Park inspires you through drawing, painting, photography and writing.  Materials will be provided and you may submit your artwork to the National Parks Gallery.

 

 

5th Annual Art & Wine of Lassen Festival

11:00 am – 5:00 pm | Patio area of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center Art & wine  Lassen

This event keeps growing each year.  $7.00 tasting fee for wine tasting which includes a commemorative wine glass.  Many of the local wineries from Manton will be show casing their wines for your tasting pleasure.  Manton, California has just been designated one of the 225 federally designated grape growing regions in the country.  There are 11 vineyards and 7 wineries in Manton.

Local artists  and craftsmen will have their work on display and for sale.

Allison Scull and Victor Martin with special guest Stefan Schittke will be playing music from 1 pm – 4 pm.  Allison will perform on the guitar and vocals.  Victor plays the saxophone and sings.  Stefan in on the keyboards.

Allison and  Victor have played venues in both Oregon and California.  If you miss them at the Lassen Art & Wine Festival they will be playing again at the Manton Apple Festival on Oct. 4th at Cedar Crest Vineyards with the Midnight Band.

Special Author Book Signings

11:00 am – 5:00 pm | Lassen Association Bookstore (inside visitor center)

Four Lassen Association authors will be signing books.  Bring your copy or plan to purchase on at the Lassen Association Bookstore.

The Lassen Association will be offering special pricing on some items in the bookstore.  Great time to start your Christmas shopping, meet some great authors in person and support the Lassen Association.

George Perkins - Hiking Trails of Lassen Volcanic National Park 

Ken Johnston – Legendary Truths: Peter Lassen and His Gold Rush Trail in Fact and Fable
Steven T. Callan – Badges, Bears, and Eagles: True-Life Adventures of a CA Fish and Game Warden
Tracy Salcedo-Chourr Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park

Digital Brushstrokes
universe-on-hell-s-doorstep-watermarked1:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Auditorium

Meet Melissa Lockwood, learn about her experience as Lassen’s first Artist-in-Residence.  If you are interested in the Artist-in-Residence program applications are being accepted thru Oct. 31, 2014 for the 2015 year.  Melissa’s 7 digital illustrations will be on display for your viewing.

Solar Scope Viewing
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Front patio of SW Visitor Center

Come and safely marvel at our closest star through a solar scope and learn some surprising and interesting facts about the center of our solar system.

For many guests staying at St. Bernard Lodge this was a highlight of the Dark Sky Festival this summer.

Green Fire Film Showing
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Outdoor Amphitheater
Green Fire spotlights the efforts of Aldo Leopold, arguably the greatest conservationist of the 20th century. Learn about Leopold’s idea of a land ethic for a population facing significant ecological challenges and how this idea changed one man and eventually conservation as a whole.

Constellation Tour and Stargazing
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm | South Visitor Center
Join rangers for a laser-guided tour of the constellations along with telescopes pointed at planets, star clusters, dying stars, and distant galaxies. Bring jackets and a blanket temperatures are starting to drop in the evening.

 

Last minute lodging reservations still available at St. Bernard Lodge.  The Lodge  is only 20 minutes from the SW entrance of Lassen Park.  Three rooms are still available for Sept. 26th and 27th.  Make plans now to enjoy Public Lands Day at Lassen.

Travel the Feather River Canyon by Train

May 14th, 2014

Have you ever wanted to relive a little bit of history? 

Keddie Train 50'sThis is your chance to join Trains & Travel for an unforgettable experience of riding a private charter train up the scenic Feather River and take part in the fun of the 32nd annual Portola Railroad Days.

 

The special charted train trip starts in Emeryville and will stop to pick-up passengers in Martinez, Davis, Sacramento and Oroville.  Departing eastbound from the Bay Area the train runs on the former Southern Pacific Route along water’s edge of the San Francisco Bay with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge. After the last pick-up in Oroville the rail line starts the climb in the High Sierra running around Lake Oroville and at one point you will travel over Lake Oroville on the West Branch and then travel through a series of tunnels running under Big Bend Mountain. Once the train reaches the lower region of the Feather River Canyon you will travel 91 miles  through three different regions of the rugged Feather River Canyon.  A number of PG&E hydro dams and powerhouses can be seen from the train. You will pass through a total of 32 tunnels as the train makes it journey from Emeryville to Portola. You will cross the Pulga and Tobin stacked bridges.

Six miles west of Quincy begins a stretch of railroad tracks referred to as the 7 Wonders of the Railroad World.  You will travel over 6 of these wonders between Keddie and Portola.

The first if referred as the “Keddie Wye”.  It is the only railroad wye in the world with two legs on bridges and a closing track in a tunnel.  The next is the Keddie yard, here two trains passing each other in opposite directions are both actually moving eastward.  East of Quincy is “Williams Loop” , the railroad track makes a continuous one mile loop to gain altitude.  The track crosses over itself to gain the necessary elevation required.  Long trains actually cross over themselves.  You will cross the Clio Trestle which is a breathtaking structure at 172 feet in height and 1,005 feet long.

 

You may choose to ride the train one-way or round trip.  This route is basically a freight only line now and seldom sees a passenger train.  It is very possible that this will be the last year that Trains and Travel will be offering this specific train trip due to costs.  The company is offering several different classes of tickets and lengths of trip to meet varying budgets.

 The second day of the trip you can spend at the Portola Railroad Days, starting with the Golden Spike Parade.  The passenger train will depart Portola at 2:00pm for the 40 mile journey down the Feather River Canyon to Keddie where it will turn  around on the famous Keddie Wye and Spanish Creek Bridge.

 Day three you board the train for a return trip down the Feather River Canyon and back to the bay area.

 For  more complete details on pricing, departure times, meals, lodging and transfers please visit Train & Travel’s website.  Train & Travel also offer other excursions all over the world.

 For more details on the Portola Railroad Festival please visit their website.  The Feather River Rail Society was founded in 1983 with a goal to preserve the memories and significant equipment from the 100 year history of the Western Pacific Railroad.

 The Western Pacific Railroad Museum now has one of the best collections of early diesel locomotives in the U.S.  Train rides in cabooses and vista flat cars are available on weekends during the summer and with special arrangements you can even drive a locomotive.  The Railroad Museum can be reached at 530-832-4131 or www.WPLives.org