Vegetation Management

Each year, thousands of acres of grasses, chaparral, and trees in the San Gabriel Mountains are strategically chosen for vegetation “treatments."

These treatments may include removing dead or diseased trees, pruning, removal of dead understory, thinning of timber stands, chipping, masticating brush and pile burning. Although the window for using prescribed fire (broadcast burning) is very narrow in southern California (winds, humidity and a variety of other factors have to be just right for this to be done safely), this method is sometimes used to remove hazardous fuels and improve habitat conditions for wildlife. 

The goals of the vegetation or "fuels" management projects are twofold—to protect communities from the threat of wildfires and to improve forest health conditions.  

Vegetation Management Program and projects