The 45 acres of city property along Deer Creek will be receiving treatment to clear understory vegetation that may serve as a ladder, which would allow a ground fire to climb vegetation into the tree canopies. Implementing the fuels reduction project will help to keep a fire on the ground and avoid a catastrophic, stand-replacing forest fire. Working together, the unified team is protecting sensitive wildlife habitat and plants while also improving the overall forest health and resiliency to wildland fire.
Crews will be falling hazardous trees, removing understory ladder fuels and thinning suppressed trees over a 50-60 day period beginning today and concluding in mid-March. Due to the dangerous nature of activities to complete this critical work, the Tribute Trail will be closed to recreational users Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during this period of time. Signs will be posted at each trail entry location notifying potential visitors of the hazards the project work presents and subsequent trail closure. The trail is open at all times during the weekends and state holidays such as Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 18 and President’s Day on Feb. 15.
“We trust the closure will be understood, valued and respected by users. Conducting this work during the winter months will avoid peak trail usage during the spring and summer months as well as nesting birds,” said Joanne Drummond, executive director of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County.
Trail users are asked to divert their activities to other nearby trails that will not be impacted by the project activities. The Environs encompasses the 45 acres surrounding Nevada City’s wastewater treatment plant. The property is situated along Deer Creek west of the Nevada City limit, between Jordan Street and Providence Mine Road.
To learn more about this project or how to mitigate wildfire behavior on your own property, contact the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County at www.areyoufiresafe.com or by phone at 530-272-1122. To learn more about research conducted by Sierra Streams Institute and watershed issues, visithttp://www.sierrastreamsinstitute.org/ or phone 530-265-6090.