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Paper Wasp or Bald faced Hornet's Nest?

Paper Wasp or Bald faced Hornet's Nest?
Magalia, Butte County, California, USA
Size: 7 inches in diameter
I'm trying to identify the source of this nest. It was found on the ground at an elevation of 2400' in an area with residential homes and forest of Douglas Firs, Ponderosa Pines and Incense Cedars

I'd say...
not any paper wasp (Polistes) I'm familiar with. Their nests look like umbrellas, and have no protective "envelope."

The nest in the picture obviously had an envelope, so I'd say it was some kind of hornet nest, or possibly a yellowjacket nest.

(However, yellowjackets usually build their nests underground or in a protected location. )

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