Springville, Ca. – February 9, 2017 – In October 2016, Forest officials on the Sequoia National Forest initiated a scoping period for a proposal to address hazard trees along roads within the Cedar Fire burned area. After reviewing comments and performing additional evaluation, the Forest has generated a more substantial proposal to present for additional scoping comments.
The Cedar Fire affected about 30,000 acres on both the Western Divide and Kern River Ranger Districts. This proposal would fell hazard trees along the more traveled roads within this footprint on both districts. The fire-killed and beetle-killed trees are considered an imminent safety hazard along the roads in this area. Felling the hazardous trees would help to provide for the safe and effective use of roads. Trees, identified as hazards using the “Hazard Tree Guidelines for Forest Service Facilities and Roads in the Pacific Southwest Region,” will be felled if they are within 300 feet the road. Only dead and dying trees that have the potential to fall into the road would be felled; live trees would be left in place.
Some of the felled trees would be left as down woody debris for wildlife habitat and soil cover. The logs not used for large woody debris may be sold for sawlogs, firewood, posts, and poles. Some felled trees and logs in excess of large woody debris needs or having no commercial value would be burned or chipped to reduce the fuel loading. Once hazard trees are removed and chipped material scattered, reforestation activities would occur, including planting and seeding.
You can visit the Sequoia National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/sequoia/landmanagement/projects to get a full description of the proposal, along with a map of the roads. If you would like to submit comments on this proposal, please send them to Eric La Price, District Ranger, Western Divide Ranger District, 32588 Highway 190, Springville, CA 93265.
Comments would be most helpful if received by March 15, 2017. For additional information, please contact Chris Sanders, Western Divide Ranger District Recreation Specialist at (559) 539-2607, extension 2230.