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High country barns

Old barns make for scenic skyline above irrigated hay and pasture land in northeastern California's Lassen County

Todd Fitchette, Associate Editor

July 18, 2019

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The diversity of landscape and scenic vistas is almost endless in the northeast corner of California.

Lassen County, Calif. sits at the junction of where the northern Sierra and Cascade Mountains meet. A rain shadow on the western edge of the county creates well-defined contrast between timber and sage brush that marks a land of high quality alfalfa, nursery crops and ubundance of grazing land for cow-calf producers. It's also home to a number of old barns that serve as a skyline of sorts above the irrigated pastures.

Several old barns near the town of Susanville augment the scenic byways on and off the beaten path often missed by travelers traversing the volcanic tablelands that include the Modoc Plateau and unobstructed vistas of the two southernmost Cascade volcanoes: Lassen and Shasta.


About the Author(s)

Todd Fitchette

Associate Editor, Western Farm Press

Todd Fitchette, associate editor with Western Farm Press, spent much of his journalism career covering agriculture in California and the western United States. Aside from reporting about issues related to farm production, environmental regulations and legislative matters, he has extensive experience covering the dairy industry, western water issues and politics. His journalistic experience includes local daily and weekly newspapers, where he was recognized early in his career as an award-winning news photographer.

Fitchette is US Army veteran and a graduate of California State University, Chico. 

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