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Fuels reduction project to begin on Mount Rose
by Tribune Staff
Feb 19, 2012 | 698 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARSON CITY — Starting today, the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will begin mowing and mulching brush to reduce fuels on 208 acres of a 1,200-acre area in and around the Mount Rose Tracts off of Mount Rose Highway, State Route 431. The project is expected to continue through April 15, weather permitting. Fuels are vegetation, such as grass, brush or trees that help carry wildfires.

The project is located primarily on Forest Service parcels in and around 115 homes in the Mount Rose Tracts within the wildland urban interface, where homes are adjacent to the forest, as well as around Huntsberger Elementary School. General boundaries for this project area are Arrowcreek Parkway to the north, Fawn Lake to the south, Quiet Meadow Drive to the east and Timberline Drive to the west.

“Many Washoe County residents have painfully experienced devastating losses in November’s and January’s unprecedented wildfires,” said Jeanne Higgins, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest supervisor. “Our Forest Service project will remove dense vegetation to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and risk to firefighters in the event of a large fire.”

The newly mowed and mulched areas will also attract and create a healthier environment for wildlfe and stimulate new plant life, drawing animals into these areas.

“The winter normally isn’t when we start reminders about maintaining defensible space around homes, but unfortunately it is a reality, given this season’s minimal rain and snow,” said Steve Howell, district fuels specialist. Howell said that this long weekend’s warm weather provides a good chance for homeowners to complete an outside to-do list to clear debris on the ground, such as pine needles and leaves, remove brush and limb trees, clean out gutters, and move wood that might be piled next to or near homes.

Residents can expect to see equipment clearing brush in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest for the next seven weeks. The project will occur during weather conditions that would minimize impacts on the soil. An ASV masticator, which resembles a bobcat machine with an attached mechanical masticator head, is being used because of its minimal effect on forest resources.

For more information, call 884-8114.
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