Monday, 10 May 2021

Mendocino National Forest virtual open house

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04.20.2021 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Mendocino National Forest staff are seeking input on a proposed multiphase, forestwide prescribed fire and fuels management strategy.

The project would use low intensity fires ignited under controlled conditions, along with manual and possibly mechanical removal methods to reduce debris and vegetation that could fuel more extreme wildfires in the future.

Forest officials issued a letter on Thursday requesting feedback on the proposed project.

Comments citing specific concerns that are submitted during the comment period allow the commenter legal standing to object to the final decision whether to proceed with the project.

Comments are due by Saturday, May 8.

The public is invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, April 20, to learn more about the project and to ask questions.

The meeting will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. via Microsoft Teams at http://bit.ly/RxFire1. A call-in-only option is also available at 202-650-0123 (conference ID: 920 502 883#).

Both meetings will be identical in content and format.

The Mendocino Prescribed Fire and Fuels Management Project would allow for a landscape-scale environmental analysis for the explicit purpose of prescribed burning and fuel-reduction treatments across the entire forest, excluding designated wilderness areas.

This would afford additional opportunities for the Mendocino National Forest to treat more acres in a timely fashion by taking advantage of geographic and seasonal conditions while avoiding delays and inefficiencies associated with developing individualized, smaller-scale proposals.

Reducing the buildup of hazardous fuels supports forest officials’ goals of promoting healthier, more resilient forest stands.

The project also includes an alternative proposal to use mechanical methods, in addition to manual treatments, to remove vegetation or thin dense stands of trees in combination with prescribed fire.

A project description and maps can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xHC52.

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