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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Please help us get the word out. Chester, Ca is competing for a $10,000 grant provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. We have until June 14th, 2011 to enter an online contest for a chance to win one of ten $10,000 grants to support our Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display over Lake Almanor.

All you need to do is visit between now and June14th and take a short multiple choice quiz on “Responsible Moments in U.S. History.” The quiz is fun and quick. Each completed quiz counts as one credit towards Chester total score. At end of quiz just enter Chester, Ca 96020 so Chester gets the credit. Then make sure to come visit the area for the 4th of July.

Please note the contest allows for one quiz per person. So please visit today, take the quiz and pass this on to a friend.

Thanks for your help.

Fun things to do in area

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Black Mountain Lookout in the Plumas National Forest is announcing the Grand Opening of the Black Mountain Lookout recreation rental on May 26th, 2011. The lookout is situated in the eastern edge of the Beckwourth Ranger District, 10 miles from Hey. 395 near Milford, Ca. The lookout offers striking views of Honey Lake to the north and Last Chance Creek to the south. This would be a great year to see Honey Lake, it rarely is any fuller. Many years you can drive by and see only a dry lake bed. The fee is sixty dollars per night, accommodating us to eight visitors. For further information call Beckwourth Ranger District at 530-836-2575. Be part of history. A nice way out it to drive over hill to Antelope Lake, then down to Taylorsville and then come see us at the St. Bernard Lodge. Even if you don’t want to spend the night we can fix you a great lunch or dinner, just call ahead and let us know you are coming. 0
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National Recreation Trails Annual Photo Contest

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

National Recreation Trails Photo Contest
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2011 National Recreation Trails photo contest
American Trails sponsors an annual contest for photographs of National Recreation Trails across the country. Several trails are close to the St. Bernard Lodge. National Recreation Trails in our area include: Bizz Johnson Trail, Bumpass Hell, Feather Falls, Hartman Bar, Heart Lake, Lassen Peak, McGowan Lake and Spencer Meadows. The annual contest provides awards in several categories and shows off entries (and previous winners) on the NRT website. The goal is to highlight the diversity of the NRTs and to make more Americans familiar with these great trails. The contest is looking for good photos of trail users as well as special facilities, art on the trails, management issues, construction, and volunteers. they are looking for entries that cover the many types and uses of National Recreation Trails throughout America.

DEADLINE for entries is December 15, 2011.
ELIGIBILITY: Photos of any designated National Recreation Trail are eligible
If you want to check for a list of National Recreation Trails in your area check the on line searchable database for a list of NRTs in your state and provide more information on individual trails. If you’re not sure if a trail is an NRT, or if you have questions about the contest, call American Trails at (530) 547-2060 or Entries will be displayed on the NRT website.
AWARD CATEGORIES: We will give awards in the following categories, which are grouped under the three general areas of Trail Use, Trail Management, and Trail Features. Check out recent winners to get some ideas.
• Accessibility
• Hiking and Walking
• Equestrian
• Paddling and Water Trails
• Bicycling
• Off-Highway Vehicle riding
• Snowmobiling
• Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Dogsledding
• Trail Sharing
• Training and Education
• Trail Work
• Youth and Volunteers
• Health and Fitness
• Urban Trails and Greenways
• Rail and Canal Trails
• Historic Features
• Scenery and Natural Features
• Arts and Interpretation
• Innovative Facilities
• Environmental Features, Flora, and Fauna
• The trail as photographic inspiration
HOW TO ENTER the 2011 NRT photography contest
• DEADLINE: December 15, 2011
• DIGITAL: Photos must be in JPEG or TIFF format. Submit via our website at: Digital images may be emailed if attachments are under 10 megabytes. Otherwise please send a CD.
• FILM: Sorry, we can’t accept prints or negatives, but you can have a local photo shop scan them to make digital photos.
• Submit up to TEN photos per trail.
• Separate entry forms are required for each different trail if you are entering photos of more than one NRT.
• Identify each photo with a number, file name, or other clear and concise identifier.
• Attach a list of your entries with description or caption, location, and photographer’s name with contact information for each photo. You may include maps, brochures, news articles, or other information.
• Make sure your photos are on designated National Recreation Trails
• Keep copies of your photos; we are not able to return cds or other media.
• Send your entries by email to or by postal mail to American Trails, P. O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797.
• Include the following information along with your photos, either electronically or by mail:
o Name of the NRT where photo(s) taken
o State and general location of trail
o Your name
o Photographer’s name, if different
o Organization
o Address
o Phone
o Fax
o Email
o Website address
Pictures taken within Lassen Volcanic National Park which includes Lassen Peak and Bumpass Hell Trail as well as the Bizz Johnson Trail also qualify for the Wildlife Photography Contest mention on previous blog post. If you need any additional information on trail conditions or location please call us at 530-258-3382.