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The crew working to reduce fuels on Flatiron Ridge in Lassen Volcanic National Park courtesy of the Sierra Institute. Photo submitted

Flatiron Ridge sees restoration project

A wilderness crew from the Sierra Institute is assisting with manual fuels reduction activities on Flatiron Ridge in Lassen Volcanic National Park through September.

“We appreciate this opportunity to work with our partners Sierra Institute and Sierra Nevada Conservancy,” said Lassen Volcanic National Park Superintendent Jim Richardson. “This project highlights our joint commitment to improve watershed conditions while minimizing impact to Wilderness.”

Work will continue through September and includes removing and rearranging fuel and constructing firelines to facilitate future prescribed burning. The crew will use only non-mechanized equipment such as crosscut saws and axes, and follow a prescription to improve forest health.

An eight-person wilderness fuels reduction crew from Sierra Institute, based out of nearby Taylorsville, will complete the majority of the labor-intensive work. An additional young-adult crew joined in mid-July for a five-week apprenticeship.

Flatiron is the largest unit of the new multi-year North Fork Feather River Headwaters (NFRH) Forest Restoration Project. The 1,600-acre unit falls largely within areas designated “Wilderness.”

Manual fuel reduction activities in this area will reduce dense build-ups of fuel to ultimately restore and protect the North Fork Feather River Watershed and improve protection of the historic Drakesbad Guest Ranch.

  Funding for this project has been provided by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, an agency of the State of California, under the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) grant cycle and in support of the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program.

  Prop. 1 provided $7.5 billion dollars to fund ecosystems and watershed protection and restoration, water supply infrastructure projects, including surface and groundwater storage and drinking water protection.

More information about North Fork Feather River Headwaters project can be found at go.nps.gov/nfrh.

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