Marysville, Ca.

The Yuba County Board of Supervisors had a workshop at their December 12th meeting to discuss community public safety needs and local funding options.

The hour and a half meeting consisted of law enforcement and fire officials discussing the state of their individual departments and the decline of services due to a decline in revenues. This discussion centered around General Fund Revenues; revenues that the Board of Supervisors have the ability to control. In this current budget 70% of the General Fund is allocated to Public Safety Departments. County Administrator Robert Bendorf said, " Our county simply does not have the financial resources necessary to effectively address urgent current and future public safety and life-saving needs for our communities."

The board was told that the options to correct this issue range from further changes in the allocation of the General Fund Revenues to securing local funding ( local sales tax increase.) A 1% sales tax increase in the unincorporated areas of the county would potentially generate $4,315,543.00.

If the board should opt to put the tax increase on the ballot, requiring a majority 50% +1 vote, there would be no guarantee that the tax would be used for public safety needs. However; if they should choose to put the tax on the ballot as a "Special Tax" clearly defining what the tax would be used for, it would require a 2/3rds majority vote for passage.

At the end of the discussion and at the suggestion of Mr. Bendorf, the board asked that staff look into putting together a professional survey/poll to determine the public interest in supporting the tax increase and bring that information back to the board.

Two suspects were arrested this morning  Dec. 11, 2017 after a Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol spotted a suspicious vehicle and activity in a Park and Ride lot on Chalice Creek in Plumas Lake at approximately 9:40am. The deputy spotted a man looking into vehicles and a suspicious car at the
scene. When she approached the suspicious vehicle, a maroon Ford Mustang occupied by the first
suspect, a second man ran from the area. Additional deputies arrived and a search of the area was
conducted, and the second suspect was located hiding in the back of a truck parked in the lot. The
suspects’ vehicle contained numerous burglary tools including angle grinders, chisels and shaved
keys. Additional tools were located under another vehicle near the catalytic converter, in the area the
second suspect had ran from. Catalytic Converters are a popular part targeted for theft due to their
precious metal content and are sold to recyclers. YCSO has taken several reports of such thefts in the
recent weeks in Plumas Lake, Olivehurst and Linda. Probation searches of the suspects’ residences were conducted by Deputies, but no catalytic converters or additional stolen property was located.
The suspects were identified as John Her age 35 and Bee Her age 35 of Marysville. Both suspects are
on probation and Bee Her had active warrants for Burglary and Auto Theft. They are pending booking
into Yuba County Jail for 182PC/Criminal Conspiracy, 664/487PC Attempted Grand Theft,
466PC/Possession of Burglary Tools, and 11377 H&S/Possession of Methamphetamine.


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Having each completed more than 250 hours of leadership and development training, traveled more than 5,000 miles and met with nearly 130 elected officials, the Leadership Farm Bureau class of 2017 graduated today during the 99th California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Garden Grove.

The class members learned about the Farm Bureau organization, California agriculture and effective advocacy through six intensive sessions that included classroom training plus meetings with elected officials in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.; visits with ranchers, timber operators and water experts in Tuolumne County; and a trip to Imperial and San Diego counties focused on agricultural employment concerns and Southern California water issues.

The graduates of the Leadership Farm Bureau Class of 2017 included:

• Christina Beckstead of Atwater, executive director of the Madera County Farm Bureau;

• Jennifer Beretta of Santa Rosa, a dairy farmer at Beretta Dairies and second vice president of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau;

• Mark Chesini of Meridian, director of operations for the Rice Growers Association of California and second vice president of the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau;

• Jill Damskey of Elk Grove, an account manager for Ag Association Management Services;

• Kelton Fleming of Lodi, owner of Duck Creek Nursery;

• Laura Gutile of Madera, pistachio grower and secretary of the Madera County Farm Bureau;

• Lindy Keilson of Potter Valley, marketing and membership coordinator for the Mendocino County Farm Bureau;

• Ryan Rice of Fortuna, construction manager for Humboldt Redwood Co. and president of the Humboldt County Farm Bureau.

• Katie Veenstra of Escalon, director of marketing at Gloriann Farms.

The class represented the 18th group to graduate from the Leadership Farm Bureau program since it was inaugurated in 2000.

Applications for the 2018 Leadership Farm Bureau class will be accepted through Dec. 15. For information, see

The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 40,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 5.5 million Farm Bureau members.

Marysville, Ca.

The Yuba County Water Agency Board of Directors approved a grant to Reclamation District 817 to fund vegetation removal along areas of the Dry Creek and Bear River levees.

RD 817 is responsible for the maintenance of the levees that provide protection for agricultural properties in the unincorporated area of the county, west of the City of Wheatland and in a portion of the area north of Dry Creek.

With the winter months quickly approaching, construction and maintenance on levees throughout Yuba County is critical. This grant will provide up to $10,000 for mechanical vegetation clearing along several reaches of levees that have become overgrown with blackberry bramble and wild rose, making it difficult for routine levee and drainage culvert inspections.

“This is a great opportunity for us to help improve and sustain levees, and reduce flood risk for the people who live and work in Yuba County,” said YCWA Board Director Gary Bradford. “This grant will allow RD 817 to more efficiently operate and maintain the levees within its jurisdiction.”

Previously, RD 817 burned the levees to suppress vegetation, but this practice has become difficult due to air quality and endangered species regulations. The vegetation has grown beyond the point where animal grazing or herbicide spraying can work effectively.

Once the levees have been mechanically cleared, RD 817 will resume grazing and spraying programs to control vegetation and maintain them according to current standards.

mr mehta 12 13 17Mr. Mehta, the first President of YUBA SUTTER INDO AMERICAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, has published a second edition of a book entitled HIGH AND LOW TIDES-a journey from EAST TO WEST including photos. He chronicles his life from his childhood in INDIA and his journey to the USA.

This book details thought about healthy living, his faith, random thoughts and an agricultural time line plus growth and recreation facilities in Yuba Sutter Counties and the current Flood Panic

Mr. Mehta worked 23yrs for California Employment Development Department. After his retirement he worked to receive his Realtor broker license & Mobile Notary. He started his own business 4D Realty while being an active member of Sri Narayan Hindhu Temple.

All the proceeds from his book will go to Charities. In the past he has given proceeds to UC Davis Foundation Cancer Center, Red Cross, Sankara Eye Foundation USA and Hands of Hope.

This is the only way to give back to the country which gave us prosperous life. this book can be purchased by calling Mehta at 530-680-2924 Price is $10.00

Come with us as we step back to Christmas long ago to enjoy a beautiful and lavish teatime at the Marysville Art Club located at 420 10th Street in Marysville, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon On Saturday - December 23rd.
The Christmas tea will feature sweets, savories, hot teas and punch. Memories of Christmas past will be shared followed by a bit of Christmas History and Caroling. Let’s not forget the Door Prize Give Away! & Raffle Items too! What a lovely way to celebrate with friends and family. Reservations are $30.00 per person and must be prepaid. Seating is limited! Tickets are on sale now at the "Candy Box" or at "3rd Street Emporium" in Marysville. This event is brought to you by the Mary Aaron Memorial Museum and the Focus on Marysville Group proceeds will go towards the Historic Faire in Marysville scheduled for 2018. For further information contact Judy Mann at 530-740-2418

By Charles Sharp

The November 30th 2017 North Yuba Water District Board meeting began with a report by the Financial Manager Heidi Naether that the District had $2,000,000 cash in the bank. By the end of the meeting, the Board had voted to allow General Manager Jeff Maupin to spend up to $2,000,000.

Among other items, Manager Maupin was authorized to pay back a $399,000 loan to the Yuba County Water Agency. Not only will this save some large interest costs, it will also help to establish the Water District’s creditworthiness.

Manager Maupin was also authorized to purchase a fleet of new vehicles to replace and augment the current fleet, which has reached the end of its useful lifetime.

This will also include a brand new tractor/backhoe loader with attachments. This piece of equipment will make the ongoing maintenance of the District’s pipes and ditches far more productive than is currently possible

Also included was some much needed rewiring upgrades to the treatment plant. As one Director pointed out, water and electricity do not mix well.

The meeting was adjourned by Director Donnie Forguson.

All in all, these actions by the Water District Board will go a long way to improving the District’s ability to provide a reliable source of water for both its domestic and irrigation users.

Due to the building being sold that has housed the Yuba County Seniors for the last nine years, the senior organization is seeking a permanent home for the group.
The seniors have $25,000 in their building fund that is being matched by an anonymous donor to total $50,000.
There is a page under “Home for Yuba County Senior Center” for money donations.


Yuba City, CA – The Yuba City Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, December 15, 2017 at a location in the central part of Yuba City between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Yuba City Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years Yuba City Police Department officers have investigated 54 DUI collisions which have resulted in over 85 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Yuba City Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

The Feather River Air Quality Management District (District) is requesting residents in Yuba and Sutter counties to voluntarily refrain from using their woodstoves and fireplaces from Friday, December 8, 2017 to Monday, December 11, 2017. The advisory has been prompted by an air quality forecast of Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.
Residential chimney smoke is a major source of wintertime air pollution in Yuba and Sutter counties. The microscopic particles in smoke have been linked to serious health injury. The National Weather Service has forecasted strong inversions and cold overnight temperatures, which can lead to increased levels of fine particulate pollution from wood smoke.
How to "Check Before You Burn":
 Receive email Air Quality Forecasts: Sign up online at (Choose AQI 101 or higher for Advisory Days)
 Receive Tweets on Twitter: Follow the District on Twitter at for Advisories
 Check Our Web Site: for today’s recommended action.
 Check the Media: Advisories will be issued to newspapers and radio stations.
Reduce Smoke When You Do Burn:
 Use only dry, well-seasoned wood. Properly seasoned wood is darker, has cracks in the grain and weighs less.
 Keep your chimney swept and ash bin clean to improve air flow and reduce smoke.
 Stack wood loosely in your firebox, so plenty of air circulates around it.
 Keep the flame active, burn hot, and burn clean. Don't let your fire smolder overnight - keep enough air in the fire to maintain a flame.
 Check your chimney regularly to see how well your fire is burning.
 When storing wood, stack it under covering in a dry ventilated area.
Please remember that it is always prohibited to burn household trash, chemically treated or painted wood at anytime. If you have any questions or would like further information please contact the District at 530-634-7659, 8:00 am – 12:00pm, and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Information is also available on the District website at


The Yuba City Police Department is warning residents of a telephone scam in which the caller states there is a warrant for someone’s arrest and threatens jail unless payment is received, typically by use of a pre-paid card such as Green Dot.

The caller claims to be with the local police or sheriff’s department and frequently uses computer software that displays the local law enforcement telephone number on caller ID.

“This scam surfaces periodically,” says YCPD Lieutenant James Runyen, but appears to be more prevalent during the holidays. “We have had multiple reports of calls of this type within the past few weeks.”

Residents are encouraged to just hang up on the caller and not engage in conversation. “The Yuba City Police Department does not make telephone calls advising of warrants, and we do not accept ‘payment’ to clear a warrant,” says Lt. Runyen.


To Prevent Delivery package Theft during the Holiday Season.



Have packages delivered to where you are, not where you are not. Consider having packages delivered to your office or place of employment instead of your home.

Use tracking numbers and delivery notification. Most major shipping services offer this free service and can send you a text or e-mail when your package arrives.

Ask family members, trusted neighbors and friends to accept deliveries on your behalf or to pick-up your packages.

Request packages be placed in a less conspicuous spot, such as a side door or behind a planter or garbage can.

Request a delivery time when you will be home.

Install a smart security camera at your front door.

Request a signature upon delivery.

Some companies and or shippers offer locker service or for packages to be held at the delivery distribution center for pick-up.

Keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles and people in your neighborhood and report suspicious activity to the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office at (530)822-7307.

Additionally residents should be aware of a secondary scan when identity thieves will order items and have them shipped to unaware third parties and use their front doors for drop locations. If you receive a package you didn’t order, please contact the shipping company as soon as possible and report the incident.


Marysville, CA –

The City of Marysville invites you to attend a re-dedication ceremony of the city’s 100 year old “French 75mm” cannon. The cannon was originally donated to the city in July, 1947 by General James R. Weaver, Commander of Camp Beale in memory of Camp Beale of World War II.

“French 75” was originally located in Cortez Square until 1960 when the Yuba County Courthouse was built. It was then placed in front of Marysville City Hall, on the corner of 6th and C Streets, Marysville. After the recent restoration, the cannon is being placed near the Veteran’s Memorial and dedicated to military veterans, police, firemen, and other first responders who stand in harms way to protect our freedom and safety.

Cannon Re-dedication Ceremony

Saturday, December 9, 2017

10:00 am

Veteran’s Memorial Park

715 5th Street

Marysville, CA 95901

If you have any questions, please contact The Marysville Community Development and Services Department at 530-749-3902.

DSCN1197Pictured w/Flag Left to right: Phillip Bronson,14 years with (YCSO), Andrew Everhart, 10 years with (YCSO) and Daniel Harris, 22 years with (YCSO)The Gold Medal of Valor

Marysville, Ca.

On Wednesday December 6, 2017 the Yuba County Sheriff had a special awards ceremony. Three deputies, Sgt. Brandon Spear, Deputy Nathan Byrom and Deputy Andrew Thomas were presented with special commendations for exemplary performance in their efforts related to the illegal cultivation of Marijuana.

Three deputies, Phillip Bronson, Andrew Everhart, and Daniel Harris were presented with the Gold Medal of Valor.

The Gold Medal of Valor is the highest decoration for bravery exhibited by public safety officers in the United States, comparable to the military's Medal of Honor. Previously there were only two recipients of the Gold Medal of Valor in Yuba County, Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian E. Meilbeck was awarded posthumously and Sergeant Kenny Smith. Smith still works with search and rescue.

The incident happened on August 1, 2017. Two deputies Phillip Bronson and Andrew Everhart responded to a Marijuana related disturbance call in Oregon House. Upon arrival the two deputies responding pursued a suspect, matching the description they were given, into a mobile home. As they were clearing the home they were met with gunfire, both were hit twice, and returned gunfire. While unknown at the time it was believed that they hit the suspect. Both deputies were laying wounded in the mobile home. A third officer, Daniel Harris, had been watching the back of the home. He entered the home twice and pulled the two deputies to safety.

The two deputies were flown to Sutter Roseville where they underwent extensive surgery.

The “Thin Blue Line” flag was presented to the Deputies that received the Gold Medal of Valor and was a gift from the NYPD “Honor Legion”. It came about after a retired NYPD Officer who was traveling through Northern Ca. on vacation during the time of the incident, heard of the officers shooting and responded to the hospital, where he introduced himself to Sheriff Durfor. They later signed the flag and asked Sheriff Durfor to present it to the three involved in the shooting. The Sheriff is sending a photo of the deputies and the flag to NYPD Honor Legion at their request. The NYPD Honor Legion will post the picture in their Honor Legion Display as well as publishing an article about the incident.


DSCN1178IMG 1261.jpg Preet Didbal 12 6 17First Sikh Woman Mayor Calls It an Honor to Lead Her Community, and Serve as Role Model for Young Women

Yuba City, Ca.

The Yuba City City Council swore in Vice Mayor Preet Didbal as Mayor on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Didbal was elected to her first term as a City Councilwoman 2014 after eight years serving on the Yuba City Planning Commission and two years on Sutter County Planning Commission. Beating the odds, breaking both cultural, and gender barriers, she is the first Sikh American woman to be elected Mayor in the United States.

“I’m incredibly humbled by and grateful for the responsibility our community has invested in me,” she said. “This is such an honor and incredibly exciting, for me and even more so for my family. It is truly the manifestation of the American dream.”

Mayor Didbal was born and raised in this community, after her parents immigrated from India to Yuba City in 1968. The daughter of farm laborers, Preet worked alongside her parents in the peach and prune orchards and on the graveyard shift at a cannery during the summer. She became the first in her family to attend college, pursue a master’s degree, and follow a path to leadership in local government, culminating in her election to the Yuba City City Council.

“I lost my dad several years ago, but this was something we had talked about before he passed away,” Didbal said. “It was part of his dream for me, because he knew I had a passion for our community and a heart for service.”

“Councilmember Didbal has been a tremendous asset to our City for more than a decade, helping shape the way we live, work, and play for the betterment of our entire community,” said City Manager Steve Kroeger. “Her professionalism and passion have been paramount, and I look forward to her leadership in serving Yuba City and our surrounding region.”

Mayor Didbal attended Franklin and Lincoln elementary schools, Gray Avenue School, and Yuba City High School. She graduated from Yuba College and went on to University of California, Davis, and Sacramento State, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Physical Therapy. She went on to earn an MPA with a concentration in health administration from University of San Francisco. She has many awards and recognitions as a public servant in this community.

City Hall was packed with standing room only and chairs were placed outside the glass doors. The very festive event culminated with a reception immediately following the meeting.


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Marysville, Ca.

Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox Vice President/General Manager, Michael Mink, will be presenting the MinkDog Sports Radio 93Q, NorCal Player of the Week Awards. “These awards are here to honor the youth that are working tremendously hard to achieve their dreams and goals,” said Mink.

The Player of the Week Awards will be presented to local talent who are not only team leaders, but they show that they have what it takes to make it to the next level. These highly competitive awards will be awarded to ten outstanding players for the 2017 football season. Mink will then hand out the Player of the Year Award as well as the Coach of the Year Award after all Bowl games have been played. “We want these kids to know that the community is watching them and rallying behind them to be the best that they can be. I would like to thank Brandon Asher and Twin City Trophies and Billiards for making this possible in conjunction with 93Q Radio,” said Mink.

Players of the Week:

Week                           Player Name                                      High School

1.                               Miguel Boltes                                   Williams High School

2.                               Major Niccum                                  Yuba City High School

3.                             Dawson McPeak                                River Valley High School

4.                              Nick Barnes                                       River Valley High School

5.                              Isaah Crocker                                       Inderkum High School

6.                              Bryce Kunkle                                            Sutter High School

7.                            Christian Lyss                                              Colusa High School

8.                             David Topete                                           Live Oak High School

9.                             Jace Villapania                                           Gridley High School

10.                           Chris Johnson                                           River Valley High School


MinkDog Sports Radio airs every Saturday morning at 10:00AM on 93.3FM with Michael Mink as the host. The show covers local and national sports takes a unique look into the sports scene with the slogan, “Taking a Bite Out of Sports.” The last show featured former Heavyweight World Champion, Tony “TNT” Tucker. Mink’s co-host is Sam “Shark” Cota; the Gridley High School graduate was an intern last season for the Gold Sox and is a current basketball player at Yuba College.


Michael Mink is a Tampa, FL native, and is in his third year as Vice President/General Manager of the Gold Sox Baseball Club and the Yuba City Bears 18U Club. He graduated from Division 1, University of Alabama, Birmingham on a baseball scholarship, and has been a sports general manager for over 20 years. Mink won the 2014 X-Bowl National Championship as the General Manager/Head Coach of the Florida Marine Raiders. He has also moved over 80 players up to the next level in both baseball and football during his career. Currently, Mink is the 2018 Varsity Baseball Head Coach at River Valley High School.

Greetings from Forbestown!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa comes to town! The annual “Forbestown Children’s Christmas Party” happens on Sunday, December 17, 2-4PM. Children, 13 and younger, are welcome to meet Santa, receive a gift and take home sweet goodies. The event, hosted by the Forbestown Parade and Picnic Committee and your Forbestown Advisory Council, will be held at the Forbestown Community Center - Charles Lynds Hall, 19100 New York Flat Road, Forbestown. For more info, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Passings...Lana Coleman, Don Mossinger and Susie Woods...We extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends in their time of loss.

Many thanks to everyone, both bakers and buyers, who made the recent “Books & Bakes Sale” such a great success! Visitors and friends from all over attended and everyone had loads of fun. Your donations go to support the many community events, like the Easter Egg Hunt and Forbestown Daze.

The sounds of Christmas were heard ringing throughout Forbestown – The annual “Hometown Christmas,” held at Gold Trader Flat, was well attended and appreciated by everyone. Thank you Yuba Feather Historical Association for your enduring commitment to keep our foothill history alive!

“Library Fridays” at the Forbestown Mountain Library continue throughout the end of the year. Free Wi-Fi and delicious snacks are a few of the perks available when you visit. It’s a great atmosphere for families who home school, book lovers or serious Scrabble players. They still have baked goods for sale to help ease your hectic holiday schedule. Wow - A library and bakeshop rolled into one – You can't beat that!

‘Tis the season...At the recent “Books & Bakes Sale,” a cost-conscious mom and her two, pre-teen children were seen eagerly picking out educational books. Her son recently “got into” reading and he was thrilled by the wildlife and sign language books they found. The sale was an affordable opportunity for the mom to further her family’s education, while the daughter was soaking up the meaning of the gathering – Helping the community. An hour or so later, after they departed, the two kids came back to buy some cupcakes and brownies. Between them, they had a buck and a quarter, which would cover the cost of five items. With bright eyes and a sweet tooth, they picked out only four items. When the seller asked the young girl about her fifth choice, she kindly handed over her last quarter and said without hesitation, “Please keep it to help out for future events.” (Need a handkerchief?)

Merry, Merry! Happy, Happy!

Come see your friends in Forbestown!

forestry 12 6 17Left to Right: Olivia Vargas, Leilani Chavez, Kaitlyn O'Dell, Faith Barker, Jaylynn Anderson Back - Bonnie Magill (Advisor)Boulder Creek, Ca.

5 students from Marysville High School participated recently in the 2017 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge, one group of a total of 107 high school students from 14 schools from the Santa Cruz and Central California region. The event was November 15 to 18 at Redwood Christian Park, near Boulder Creek, California.

One of the highlights for the students this year was the opportunity to visit a redwood forest that will soon be harvested using single tree selection. Students collected data on how much the trees have grown since the last selective harvest 12 years ago, and used the data to recommend the volume that can be sustainably removed in the upcoming harvest. During the Challenge, teams of students also completed field training, followed by a field test to assess their technical forestry knowledge.

“This event allows students to learn about the timber industry, view career opportunities, and become informed citizens about forestry issues,” said Marysville High School teacher Bonnie Magill. Kaitlyn O’Dell, a Senior at Marysville, summed it up as follows: “It was an enlightening experience to learn about another area of agriculture; ‘Timber is agriculture, too!’”

School Photo Caption: Students from Marysville High School recommend a sustainable harvest volume for a redwood forest near Boulder Creek, CA.