The Shasta-Trinity National Forest has finished the planning effort for Phase 1 of the Weaverville Community Forest Fuels and Recreation Project. The project was designed with the Trinity County Resource Conservation District, the Watershed Research and Training Center, the Weaverville Community Forest Steering Committee, the Trinity Trails Alliance and community members to address hazardous fuels near Weaverville, and to improve recreation opportunities within the Weaverville Community Forest.

“We are grateful to have received so much help from our partners and the community in developing phase 1 of this project,” stated District Ranger Tara Jones. “It is an important step in reducing the fuels that feed large wildfires, while also providing increased recreation opportunities near Weaverville.”

Phase 1 of the project will treat approximately 1,767 acres using manual thinning, mastication, prescribed fire, and other fuel reduction techniques to reduce fuel loading around Weaverville. Phase 1 will also include adding 10 miles of new trail to the Weaver Basin Trail System, increasing the availability and complexity of non-motorized recreation experiences.

Phase 2 of the project will reduce fuels on an additional 3,000 acres within the Weaverville Community Forest and address the authorization of future non-motorized special recreation events on the Weaver Basin Trail System. The planning for Phase 2 of the project is expected to be completed in early 2022.

For more information on the project visit www.fs.usda.gov/project/

?project=56472 or call the Weaverville Ranger Station at 623-2121.

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