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Sierra National Forest Addresses Tree Mortality

Submitted by the Sierra National Forest SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Following four years of drought, forests throughout the Southern Sierra are experiencing a tree mortality event at a scale unprecedented in recorded history. Locals and visitors to the Sierra National Forest (SNF) are well aware of this event, as dead trees are visible in staggering numbers throughout the landscape. Beyond ...

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Lots Of Firewood As Road 274 Project Completed

BASS LAKE — More than 1,300 dead and dying trees have been taken down along Road 274, eliminating hazards to motorists and providing residents with a wealth of easily accessible firewood. On Wednesday, Dec. 9, crews from Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service completed the last stretch of Road 274 between Marina View and Mono Wind Way, dropping about ...

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Hazard Tree Removal Continues On Road 274

BASS LAKE — Hazard tree removal along Road 274 on the north side of Bass Lake will continue on Wednesday, Dec. 9, according to Burt Stalter, Fuels Management Specialist on the Bass Lake Ranger District, and one of the fallers on the project. Motorists should expect delays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as trees that have to be dropped ...

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Forest Thinning Helped Reduce Fire Behavior

Submitted by Burt Stalter, Dave Smith and Anne Lombardo SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — Forest thinnings, also known as fuel treatments, are done in our National Forests to reduce vegetation that can feed wildfires. Fuel treatments involve the thinning of trees, mastication of brush, branches and little trees or ladder fuels that can carry the fire into the crowns of the ...

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Sierra National Forest Seeks Input On OHV Funding

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest is requesting public input for the 2017 State Off Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) funding/proposal submission cycle. This year the State has funds available for education, operation and maintenance, plus law enforcement and restoration projects, and the Sierra National Forest will submit an OHV grant application for this funding. As part of the application process, ...

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Good Progress On Road 274 Hazard Tree Project

BASS LAKE – Multiple agencies were out in force today clearing hazard trees from Road 274 on the north side of Bass Lake. The 3-day project is a cooperative effort between Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, the Madera County Fire Department, County Roads and the Sheriff’s Office. Some 1,200 trees have been identified as posing a hazard to motorists ...

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Project Removes Dead Trees On Road 274 – Expect Delays

BASS LAKE — With winter weather approaching, bringing the potential for high winds and heavy snows, the dangers posed by dead trees along mountain roadways has become very real. Cal Fire, in conjunction with the US Forest Service, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office and County Roads, is getting out ahead of this dangerous situation by removing hazard trees that threaten ...

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Rough Fire Is Finally 100 Percent Contained

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA – The Sierra National Forest, Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument, and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are announcing today the 100 percent containment of the Rough Fire. For nearly three months the Rough Fire has burned in some of the most rugged terrain in North America. Started by a lightning strike on July 31, ...

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Burning Projects On The Sierra National Forest

CLOVIS – The Bass Lake Ranger District, Sierra National Forest, is preparing to implement the fall/winter burning program, says Acting District Ranger Denise Tolmie. Projects will consist of two activities: pile burning and broadcast burning. “The objective of burning is to reintroduce low intensity fire to the ecosystem,” said Tolmie. “Prior to European settlement, lightning and Native Americans provided ignition ...

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Forest Service Waives Fees For Veterans Day

CLOVIS – The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at some of its day-use recreation sites on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veteran’s Day. The fee waiver program is in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Fees are waived generally for day-use areas, such as picnic grounds, developed trailheads and destination ...

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