The activities include up to 900 acres of mechanical treatments, followed by prescribed fire.
In addition, the project includes plans to harvest dead, merchantable trees to preclude future accumulations of vegetation (fuels) over approximately 70 acres. Thinning may also occur in areas to help deter insect and disease infestations. The project area will be managed into the future to re-introduce fire into the ecosystem and to mimic historical fire patterns to maintain an open stand structure and reduced vegetation/fuel loads. The total acreage of prescribed fire will not exceed 1,400 acres.
According to Judy Schutza, “We planned this project to protect private property, enhance wildlife habitat and manage timber.” She went on to state, “Our long-term goal is to return fire to a more natural role in this ecosystem and prevent future potential for catastrophic fire like we witnessed during the Burn Canyon Fire.”
The decision memo is available on-line at http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/gmug/landmanagement/projects. This document is also available at the Norwood Ranger District office in Norwood, CO.