Landscape-scale treatments to reduce the threat of wildfire to communities IS COMPLETE in the West Magnolia Road area near Nederland. The U.S. Forest Service is creating strategic breaks in the forested canopy near private lands. 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.
West Magnolia Treatment Project (last updated June 17, 2014)
Type of Treatment
Hazardous fuels reduction. Creating open meadows. Encouraging more diverse species. Promoting a more fire resilient future forest.
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. The end result of this process, the Forest issues a decision on the proposal. The West Magnolia fuels project is part of the 2009 Lump Gulch Fuel Treatment Project Decision.