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Page 10 Hells Canyon Journal August 23, 1995 Of Cabbages and Kings By Marjorie Baker Avocado Deluxe q They say avocado is an --- ----- ------ and I follow all the meal acquired taste. I must [ Black benn rice guides. Whats wrong? have acquired mine early, ........... ' .... "What fruit doyou eat?" because I have always loved that creamy, but- tery texture and the smooth taste of a ripe avo- cado. Avocados were culti- vated, and new varieties of them developed, by the Maya and Aztec Indians long before Europeans discovered the New World. Its gracious shape shows up on pottery and in sculpture. My French cook- book lists avocados as very nutritious, as they contain 2 percent protein and 20 per- cent oil! Where we lived previously, I heard of a woman in our community who had joined the local chapter of Weight Watchers. She'd been over- weight all her life and was determined to lose a few of those extra pounds. Week af- and avocado 1 ripe avocado juice of 1 lemon 3 cups of cooked rice, cooled 1 15-oz. can whole black beans, drained 4 green onions, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper to taste ter week she went and lis- tened to advice, went home and tried to follow it to the best of her understanding and failed completely to lose any weight. Finally, in one of the true confession sessions held each week she broke down and asked for help. "I never eat anything for a between meal snack or at bed- time except fruit, and I take only small portions of meals "Just a few avocados." Well, take it from here, avocado is not a dieter's fruit. In fact, the oil, ex- tracted and sold sepa- rately, is a great popcorn oil because it tastes like butter but doesn't have cholesterol. Here's a recipe which was originally intended to be served with poached fish. I find it good enough to stand by itself as a main dish. Peel, pit and dice the avo- cado and place in a small bowl with the lemon juice. Toss the fruit to make sure it is evenly covered with the lemon juice. In a separate large bowl com- bine the rice, beans, green onion and cilantro. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper and stir to mix evenly. Add the avocado and gently mix again. What Is Prescribed Natural Fire? When do you fight lightning-caused fire, and when do you let it work for you ? by Angelica Johnson and Robin Rose Prescribed fires are often started to burn excess dead wood on the ground or to pre- pare logged areas for replant- ing. But a relatively new fire policy will allow nature to be the spark instead of a drip torch. Prescribed Natural Fires (PNF) are being used in wil- derness areas and in some backcountry areas adjacent to wilderness to allow fire to perform its natural role, help- ing to create and maintain the forested ecosystems of northeast Oregon. Although the Wilderness Act allows natural processes such as fire to shape wilder- ness ecosystems, fire plans are necessary to provide pro- cedures and guidelines for protecting resources outside of wilderness. There are Prescribed Natu- ral Fire Plans for the four PNF management areas on the Wallowa-Whitman Na- tional Forest. The plans con- tain the specific, established criteria and procedures that are followed when declaring lightning fires to be PNFs. In these areas, whenever pos- sible, fire managers monitor, rather than extinguish, light- ning-caused fires that don't threaten private property, public safety, or violate smoke standards. Under these plans, nature is being allowed to reduce the build-up of dead woody mate- rial in the forest, and create a natural mosaic of forested stands. One benefit is the re- duction of possible cata- strophic fire conditions in the future. The first step in declaring a PNF is completing a Go/No Go checklist. Managers docu- ment whether the fire is light- ning-caused, whether fund- ing is available to manage the PNF, and if there is any risk of the fire escaping to private land, among other things. If the PNF makes it through the Go/No Go check- list, managers and specialists have 72 hours to write a site- specific Burn Plan for the PNF, detailing how the PNF will be managed, including projections on how long the fire might be expected to burn and how big it is expected to get. Last year, only one fire in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area out of 45 potential fires met the strict criteria of the plans. The remaining 44 fires were suppressed due to the severe fire situation. Currently, there is one PNF burning in the Elkhorn Fire Management Area, southwest of Crawfish Lake, and pre- dominantly within the North Fork John Day Wilderness (Baldy Unit). Two other PNF fires are burning in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area Wilderness. One fire is in the Battle .Creek area, and the second one is in the Hells Canyon Creek area. Both these fires are small and are under the prescription of the Hells Canyon Fire Manage- ment Area Plan. (Editor's note: Anjelica Johnson is an information as- sistant with the Wallowa- Whitman National Forest's Baker Ranger District, and Robin Rose is a wilderness fire resource specialist, also employed by the Wallowa- Whitman National Forest.) Cass & Pattie Vanderwiele ^twood Rd. Work: 523-6648 HCR 88-Box 6 Home: 523-6075 ,.~ .~R Bake, City. Fax: 52,3-2610~,%,~..2'~:11 C~ g~Z~ OR91814 QUALITY SERVICE SAND -- GRAVEL -- CONCRETE 1-800-606-6648 =Our commitmtnt to you is control" BB 220 We carry a complete line of western wear and tack " Hats Boots Jeans Shirts Belts Buckles Raingear Oil Skin Dusters Jewelry Tack Chaps & Chinks The best selection in town! *Many styles & colors *Free Hemming Serving Northeast Oregon For 17 Years