PRESCOTT, AZ (January 16, 2015) -- Join us for an informative evening Friday, January 23rdat 6:30 PM to discuss the upcoming plans for implementing the Bradshaw Vegetation Management Project. From this larger project design, the Prescott National Forest and the Highlands Center for Natural History are partnering together to develop a management plan for the Center’s 80 acres that will provide community educational opportunities and increase public awareness of various ecological restoration practices. The project is funded in part through a recently awarded grant from the Yavapai County Resource Advisory Committee.
The presentation will close with a Q&A session on implementation of the management plan. Pre-Registration requested by calling the Highlands Center at 928-776-9550. In 2013, the Prescott National Forest completed the analysis for the Bradshaw Vegetation Management Project (BVM). The BVM Project was designed to improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while also reducing hazardous fuels that pose a threat to life and property on over 55,600 acres of the Bradshaw Ranger District. The goal of the plan is to improve forest health while creating an education land-lab where the effects of multiple treatment options can be observed and interpreted to a wide variety of learners over an extended period of time.
Over the next few years, visitors will be able to observe the results of hand thinning, commercial thinning, mastication, and prescribed burning all within an easy walk around the Highlands Center for Natural History site. The first phase of this project includes hand thinning, followed by chipping or piling of materials to reduce hazardous fuels on approximately 30 acres located immediately adjacent to HCNH facilities. Some of the thinning and chipping work was completed this summer by a Student Conservation Association Military Veteran’s Crew. If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to call the Bradshaw Ranger District office at (928) 443-8000.