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Recreation surveys conducted for forest

The Tahoe National Forest, along with other U.S. forests, will be conducting visitor surveys for the next 12 months.

The surveys will help determine an estimate of how many people use the Tahoe Forest for recreation, as well as the level of satisfaction experienced by forest visitors. The surveys are expected to take about five minutes, are totally voluntary, and will be conducted at a variety of locations throughout the forest.

The information from the surveys is intended to help the Forest Service “better meet visitors” needs in the future. In addition to the basic questionnaire, a random selection of 25 percent of respondents will be asked if they would answer questions relating to recreation spending.

Forest Service personnel will be located at more than 70 sites to capture a range of visitors’ thoughts about recreation opportunities. Sites will include picnic grounds, downhill ski resorts, campgrounds, hiking/biking trails, boat ramps, off highway vehicle and snowmobile staging areas.

In 2001, this survey process was initiated. From the surveys completed in the Tahoe National Forest, the total number of Tahoe Forest visitors was estimated to be 3.7 million.

Forty percent of users were from Truckee;, 24 percent from Reno/Sparks; 13 percent from Grass Valley/Nevada City; and 23 percent from Foresthill, Auburn, Roseville or other locations.

Solar energy tour

set for Saturday

The local component of a national solar tour begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Sierra Solar Systems in Grass Valley, 563 Idaho Maryland Road.

It is part of the American Solar Energy Society’s 9th Annual National Solar Tour of more than 1,800 homes, businesses and public buildings in 800 communities. Participants will see the use of many forms of renewable energy including passive solar design, wind energy, solar hot water, and solar-electric generating systems in a variety of buildings. Strategies for integrating solar into buildings and the benefits will be discussed.

For more information, call 273-6754.

Firefighter Appreciation Day Saturday at Kmart

In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County will be hosting a “Firefighter Appreciation Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, in the Kmart parking lot on McKnight Way in Grass Valley.

The event will feature fire engines and firefighters from local fire districts, giving the community a chance to come out and thank them.

The event will also feature a variety of games for kids and present the opportunity for residents to learn about fire prevention and preparedness in Nevada County.

For more information about the event, contact the Fire Safe Council at 470-9193.

‘Take Back the Night’ scheduled

“Take Back the Night,” an evening of awareness for our community, begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the City Hall parking lot in Grass Valley, at the corner of South Auburn and Main streets.

“Take Back the Night” is designed to bring awareness and empowerment to residents and inspire action that will bring an end to domestic violence in the community.

Event includes a candlelight procession around Grass Valley, speakers and survivors, and information.

For more information, call Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition at 272-2046.

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