Fire-killed trees

Located along the Trinity Mountain Road 15 miles north of Highway 299, thousands of fire-killed trees stand immediately adjacent to a heavily used route to Trinity Lake. As these dead trees continue to deteriorate over time, structural integrity of the wood becomes compromised by wood boring insects and decaying fungi. Physical properties such as high winds, heavy snow loads and gravity will eventually cause the trees, or parts of trees, to fall onto the road and jeopardize user safety if not treated.

Forest Sup. Scott Russell has approved a comprehensive road maintenance and safety project for 177 miles of road on National Forest System land affected by the 2018 Carr and Delta fires. This project is expected to make significant strides to mitigate the many roadside hazards created during and after these fire events.

“The Carr/Delta Fire Road Maintenance and Safety project is designed to restore safe access within the area of these fire footprints,” explained Trinity River Management Unit District Ranger Joe Smailes. “At the same time, removing merchantable hazard trees will provide economic benefits to our community.”

The Carr/Delta Fire Road Maintenance and Safety Project authorizes the following activities:

► Blading, repair and improvement of road surfaces

► Brush removal along roads for improved sight distance

► Cleaning, repair and installation of drainage structures such as culverts, ditches, catch basins and dips

► Dust abatement

► Removal and installation of closure barriers

► Installation and repair of signs

► Felling and removal of roadside hazard trees

► Treatment of fuels that were created during project activities. Treatments may include: pile and prescribe burn the fuels, chip, or lop and scatter.

Hazard trees that are felled will be commercially harvested on 35 miles of road (depending on operational feasibility). Hazard trees will be felled and left on site on an additional 44 miles of road. Fuels will be treated wherever hazard trees are felled. The remaining 98 miles of road occur on non-NFS land and no hazard trees will be felled and no fuels will be treated along them, although the other maintenance activities could occur.

For additional information on this project, see the forest website at https://go.usa.gov/xmtpa or contact Environmental Coordinator Stephanie Riess at 623-1755 or stephanie.riess@usda.gov.

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