Project to Prevent High Severity Burns in Mad River Ranger District; Public Invited to Comment
The Six Rivers National Forest, in collaboration with the Trinity County Collaborative (TCC), continues to build upon the success of their last collaborative project—From Fire-kill to Fuelbreaks—by kicking off a new project called 1st 48 Collaborative Shaded Roadside and Plantation Fuelbreak (1st 48 Project) on the forest’s Mad River Ranger District.
The 1st 48 Project represents a transition from managing post-fire forest conditions to preventing high severity burns in forests where past management practices have increased wildfire risks.
According to Mad River District Ranger Dan Dill, “We developed this project with the collaborative to support the economic vitality and fire safety of our rural communities and the ecological resilience of the forest.” He added, “We’re proposing to construct shaded fuelbreaks near roads, which reduces the potential for roadside fire-starts and makes for safer evacuation routes during wildfires. We’ll also thin dense and overstocked stands of trees to reduce fire risk, and increase stand health to accelerate their growth into mature trees and habitat.”
As part of the project kick-off, the forest and TCC will host a public meeting in conjunction with a 21-day scoping period. The April 14 to May 5, 2017 scoping period provides an early opportunity in the planning phase for the public to participate and comment as required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).
The public meeting, hosted by the TCC and the forest, will be at the Ruth Lake Community Service District Hall, 591 Van Duzen Road, in Mad River, on April 25, 2017, beginning at 6 p.m. During the meeting, forest staff will share the types and locations of the fuel treatments proposed for the project area. There will also be opportunities for individuals to ask questions, share concerns, and provide input on the proposed project.
The proposal includes treatments in 107 acres of plantations, 494 acres of shaded fuelbreak, 147 acres of hazardous fuel reduction, and 33 acres of oak woodland. Treatments would yield commercial outputs, such as sawlogs; and non-commercial products, such as personal use firewood, and post and poles.
The project also proposes to reduce road-related sediment sources by repairing Forest Service roads 2S51 and 2S52 and decommissioning road 2S54.
For additional information on the1st 48 Project or the public meeting, contact team leader Dan Dill at (707) 574-6844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.