Dillon Ranger District issues Lower Snake vegetation management plan | SummitDaily.com

Dillon Ranger District issues Lower Snake vegetation management plan

The Dillon Ranger District recently issued a decision memo on its Lower Snake Wildland Urban Interface management project, approving more than 850 acres of clear-cutting, commercial thinning and pile burning that it says will improve forest resiliency across the county.

The project is located in five zones across Summit: in the vicinity of Montezuma Road, Frey Gulch north of Keystone, Keystone Gulch, Tenderfoot Mountain and along Swan Mountain Road. Almost the entire county lives within the wildland-urban interface and hazardous fuel reductions are consistent with the area’s wildfire protection plan established in 2006.

“On the heels of the Peak 2 fire, it is now more important than ever to continue to take proactive approach to managing the forest to create future fuel breaks in the event of another wildfire,” Adam Bianchi, Dillon deputy district ranger, said in a news release. “Through years of public collaboration, we have identified priority treatment areas that will provide long-term benefits to the local communities and forest.”

Besides helping to produce further forest resistance and avoid potential future disturbances caused by insects and fires, the project will reduce the extent of dwarf mistletoe infection in regenerating lodgepole pine stands that have been impacted by the pine beetle epidemic. The prescribed vegetation treatments also aid in lessening the accumulation of future heavy fuel loading.

The decision memo, scoping documents and specialist reports are all available for download from the White River National Forest at: fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46192.

For more information, contact Dillon District deputy ranger Adam Bianchi at 970-262-3495, or at abianchi@fs.fed.us

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