|The mules shine at the 2015 Rose Parade as part of the U.S. Forest Service Color Guard, featuring Corey Finneman (Los Padres National Forest), left, Debbie McDougald (Sierra National Forest) and Katy Bartzokis (Inyo National Forest). Photo by Christine Mullowney|
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 — As Megan Mullowney was headed for her new position with the Lassen National Forest, she never imagined she’d soon have another opportunity to follow one of her life’s passions. But just weeks after transferring from the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit to the Lassen, the Almanor Ranger District resource officer was on her way to Pasadena to help support the U.S. Forest Service‘s participation in the 2015 Rose Parade.
As part of a year-long series of events and festivals celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the forest service showcased a traditional skills entry, consisting of three mule pack strings, rangers, firefighters and volunteers, at the 126th Rose Parade on January 1.
The entry highlighted the historic role of forest service pack stock in supporting wildland firefighting and other backcountry operations, as well as the outstanding contributions of national forest volunteers.
For the full story and photos, read the Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 edition of the Lassen County Times.