PRESCOTT, AZ (January 22 , 2016) – Beginning Monday, January 25th and continuing for approximately 3 months, a contractor will be using heavy equipment on the Prescott National Forest to thin 500 acres of chaparral and small trees.
Lobo Mastication – Approximately 500 acres north of Groom Creek and east of Goldwater Lake (T13N, R2W, Sec 15, 22, 23, 26) will be treated starting Monday, January 25th. The public is asked to be cautious and aware of their surroundings while hiking and recreating in the area. Numerous signs will be posted to make trail users aware of heavy equipment working. Trails #396 (Circle Trail), #330 (Feldmeier Trail), and #67 (Schoolhouse Gulch) will be effected.
This project is funded through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership Program which was initiated by the Forest Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service. This program aims to restore lands across large landscapes to reduce wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protect water quality and supply, and improve habitat for at-risk species. Mastication treatments are used in the wildland urban interface to assist fire managers in restoring fire to its natural role in the ecosystem. This project was 1 of 15 Chiefs’ Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership projects selected for 2015.
Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following:
· Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
· Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000
· Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200
· Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121