Author: Melissa

Bark Beetles

By Melissa Wynn After years of drought in California, our forests became more and more stressed. The weakened condition of our beautiful trees have made them highly susceptible to bark beetle infestation. The bark beetles currently attacking our forests are all native. These species include the mountain pine beetle, fir engraver beetle, western pine beetle, Jeffrey pine beetle and pine engraver beetles. Under normal conditions healthy conifer (any tree that produces seeds in cones) trees are able to fend off the destructive beetles by producing enough resinous pitch to drown out the beetles trying to enter. Unfortunately their ability...

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Mary Lewis’ Morel Mushrooms & Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients list: 2-3 Boneless skinless chicken breasts (large) 1-1/2 Pounds of Fresh Morel mushrooms (if in season, if out of season 3-4 dried ounces) 1 Box of Penne Pasta (We prefer Bertolli) or any pasta you prefer 2 Jars of Alfredo Sauce (I use Prego Homestyle Alfredo) 1 Stick of REAL Butter (no margarine) 2 Tablespoons of Roasted Minced Garlic 3-4 Cups Extra Virgin olive oil 1 Gallon water (only for dried Morels) 3-4 Tablespoons of Sea Salt Items List: Large mixing Bowl 3”x12” Sauce Pan (or something close nonstick) 2 1.6-2 Liter Saucepans BBQ Colander/Strainer Chopping block &...

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When Are Crossbows Legal?

Carrie Wilson is a 20-year CDFW veteran and an avid outdoor enthusiast, angler and hunter. She is a marine biologist with a strong background of professional experience working in both fisheries and wildlife management. An established award-winning outdoor writer, Carrie enjoys tackling the tough questions from the public and will be regularly tapping into the expertise of CDFW’s wildlife officers and many fisheries, wildlife and marine biologists to best cover all the topics. If you have a question you would like to see answered in the California Outdoors Q and A column, email it to Question: With turkey...

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Hotel James, Wine Time & The Lost Dutchman Taproom

By Melissa Wynn On a beautiful Spring day in early April, my friend Molly and I decided to treat ourselves to a weekend of shopping and adventure in Chico. The drive down Highway 32 was stunning,  framed with  moss covered rocky walls weeping with runoff and bubbling underground springs. Running along side, Deer Creek was rushing with spectacular force after a long awaited, exceptionally wet winter. Chico greeted us with temperatures in the high seventies under sunny skies and we couldn’t wait to get to the mall. After our shopping spree we wandered up the Esplanade in search of...

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Lassen Ale Works @ The Board Room, Susanville, +1.530.257.4443

THE BOARDROOM – SUSANVILLE Lassen Ale Works @ The Boardroom Lassen Ale Works is Lassen County’s first craft brewery, offering a dozen ales plus seasonals, many named after local landmarks like the Bizz Johnson Blonde, Eagle Lake IPA and Almanor Amber Ale. Lassen Ale Works recently moved the brewery to a new location, located at 702-000 Johnstonville Road in Susanville. Partners Erik Jefferts and Julie Howard are delighted to be expanding their business in Lassen County. “People here have been so supportive of our business, fueling the brewery growth and expansion,” said Jefferts. “We’re proud to be Susanville’s hometown...

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