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Forest monitoring tour next week

Feather Publishing

The public is invited to tour the Genesee Fuel Reduction and Black Oak Enhancement Project next week, Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Participants will review what has been done and how the fuel reduction ties in to treatments on adjacent private lands.

Carpooling is encouraged, participants are encouraged to call ahead this week to 283-7641 and register for the trip.

Some participants will choose to meet at the Mount Hough Ranger District office on Highway 70 near Quincy at 9 a.m., and others will join them at Young's Market in Taylorsville at 9:45 a.m.

All participants should bring water and lunch, wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for hot, sunny weather. Hardhats will be provided.

The Genesee Fuels Reduction and Black Oak Enhancement Project was designed to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations, enhance growing conditions for residual black oak trees, and to reduce density driven beetle infestations on public land on the north slope of Genesee Valley.

The project was designed to connect with other recent Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act- and Resource Advisory Committee-funded fuel treatment projects to create a functional defensible fuel profile zone along the north side of Genesee Valley.

Participants will visit mechanically thinned and hand thinned sites and discuss designing projects to meet multiple objectives while meeting landscape strategies for reducing hazardous fuels and addressing resource constraints.

The purpose of the recovery act is to implement and demonstrate the effectiveness of resource management activities in promoting economic stability, creating healthy, fire-resilient forests that maintain ecological integrity, and construct a strategic network of fuel breaks that provide for safe and effective fire suppression.

One of the major aspects of the act is the establishment of a landscape scale defensible fuel profile zone network, where strategically placed variable strips of land up to one-half mile in width are treated to reduce vegetative hazardous fuels buildup.

This is one of seven monitoring tours scheduled this summer and fall across the Quincy Library Group Pilot project area.

The pilot project area includes the Lassen and Plumas national forests and the Sierraville Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest.

The tours will include an overview of a variety of planned and accomplished forest treatments ranging from thinning, group selection, fuels reduction and establishing defensible space to watershed restoration and special meadow, aspen and oak habitat enhancement.

Forest Service representatives will be gathering feedback from tour participants about how to improve future project management and implementation.

These tours will include a combination of walking and driving graveled roads.

Participants should wear appropriate shoes and be prepared for some walking on uneven terrain.

The terrain varies from district to district.

Many of the field trips will take a full day and participants should plan on bringing water and lunch.

The Genesee tour will conclude by 2 p.m.

Forest Service personnel may have vehicles to facilitate carpooling, however, space will be limited if provided.

Participants are encouraged to RSVP to the appropriate ranger district coordinator. Tours will start at corresponding ranger district offices unless otherwise specified. For more information or for any special accessibility needs, please contact the district's representative at least 3-5 days ahead.

Upcoming Tours

_ The Beckwourth Ranger District will lead the next tour, Thursday, Aug. 19, at 9:30 a.m., meet at the district office. Participants will tour the Mabie Defensible Fuel Profile Zone and Ross Meadow Restoration Project. To register, call Sabrina Stadler at 836-7141.

The final tour of the season will leave the Almanor Ranger District office Thursday, Oct. 7, at 9 a.m. The Grays Peak Defensible Fuel Profile Zone is the tour area, and the contact for that tour is John Zarlengo at 258-2141.

Ideas and feedback about the forest projects are welcome.

For more information about the monitoring program, contact monitoring team leader Colin Dillingham at 283-7881.

Monitoring reports are available at

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