Forest Service signs decision on Wallow Alpine Salvage and Fuel Reduction Project

Release Date: Feb 7, 2013  

Contact(s): : Richard Davalos- (928) 339-5000


 

Springerville, AZ (February 6, 2013)--On February 4, 2013, Richard Davalos, District Ranger on the Alpine Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests signed a Decision Memo for the Wallow Alpine Salvage and Fuel Reduction Project. The decision allows for salvage of dead and dying trees burned in the Wallow Fire on up to 242 acres over a one-year period across six treatment units located within four miles southwest of Alpine, AZ. Treatments will occur in the Alpine WUI and along the Forest Service 403 Road on South Mountain in Alpine, AZ.

The purpose of this project is to recover the economic value from trees burned in the Wallow Fire southwest of Alpine, AZ. There is a need to provide local communities with economic opportunities before the value of dead and dying trees is diminished. Additionally, the purpose of this project is to reduce high fuel loads that could become a future hazard to life and properties, including the communication towers southwest of Alpine, AZ. There is a need to break up the continuity of fuels in the area by removing the dead and dying trees before they fall and accumulate.

The Decision Memo is available at the Alpine Ranger District office located at 42634 HWY 180/191 Alpine, AZ 85920. Business hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The documents are available on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/asnf/landmanagement/projects, once there, select Wallow Alpine Salvage and Fuel Reduction project.