10-Year Plan for Shaded Fuelbreaks in Mad River Ranger District

This is a press release from the Six Rivers National Forest:

United States Forest Service USFSEUREKA, Calif. – On October 19, 2018, the Six Rivers National Forest, in partnership with the Trinity County Collaborative Group’s “Shaded Fuelbreak Working Group,” presented a 10-year plan to create shaded fuelbreaks along all Forest Service roads open to the public on the forest’s Mad River Ranger District in Trinity County. The Trinity County Collaborative Group (or TCCG) unanimously voted to support the working group and forest’s plan to create these shaded fuelbreaks.

This plan will create hundreds of miles of strategically located roadside shaded fuelbreaks, where clumps of dense trees are thinned and forest woody fuels are burned or chipped, so that fires burning into them can be more readily controlled and contained. This approach will help reduce the spread of large, severe wildfires that the state has been experiencing over the last decade. TCCG member Larry Glass supported the plan saying, “This is what we have been working toward since the establishment of the collaborative.”

This collaborative effort builds on the success of the recently signed 1st 48 Roadside Fuelbreak Collaborative Project. Designed by the TCCG and the Mad River Ranger District, the 1st 48 Project will establish a network of linear, shaded fuelbreaks on 821 acres to provide rural communities and residents safer travel zones during wildfire evacuations; allow greater, faster wildland firefighter response and suppression; and reduce the risk of roadside fire starts moving in to high-value forest resources. The project reduces the number of trees per acre, creating more space between trees decreasing the tree-to-tree spread of fire.

District Ranger Dan Dill excitedly said, “This is how collaboration between the federal government and the communities we serve should manage lands together.” He added, “The Six Rivers National Forest is excited about continuing its partnership and collaboration with Trinity County.”

The TCCG was created in 2013, with the support of then-Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, by proactive Trinity County community members—including landowners, environmental groups, timber industry and others—that saw the need for a collaborative approach to natural resource management and economic development.

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