Landscape-scale treatments to reduce the threat of wildfire to communities are underway in the Nederland and Rollinsville areas. The U.S. Forest Service’s Lumpy Tung Treatment Project is creating strategic breaks in the forested canopy near private lands. This project is being completed in conjunction with the Nederland Fire Department’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Together, Boulder County, the Town of Nederland and the U.S. Forest Service have designed treatments that will provide defensible space between businesses, homes and the Roosevelt National Forest.
Lumpy Tung Treatment Project
(last updated June 17, 2014)
Type of Treatment
Creating openings (approximately 20 acres in size) to break up the homogenous, fire-susceptible tree crowns across the landscape. Removing all merchantable material. Burning or scattering slash. Replanting with diverse conifer species.
Most of the cutting in the Rollinsville Area is complete with the exception of the two northeastern units (see the map below for details). Those units will be completed in the fall to avoid disturbing raptor nests in the vicinity.
Work in the Nederland Area is currently active, with cutting along East Magnolia Road expected to wrap up by the end of June 2014. (see map below for details). The contractor will return later this summer to complete units near Big Springs and the unitclosest to town.
All vegetation management proposals occurring on National Forest System lands undergo environmental assessment as regulated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) This involves analysis of potential effects to natural resources by scientific specialists, including biologists, hydrologists and wildfire behavior specialists among many others. Public involvement is a key aspect to the NEPA process, and planning information is shared with elected officials, cooperating agencies, special interest groups, the local media and a wide assortment of other interested parties. At the end of this process, the Forest issues a decision on the proposal. The Lumpy Tung Treatment Project is the result of two separate decisions: