Forsythe II Project Defensible Space

Trees have been removed along the national forest boundary and a home is visible.
Creating defensible space along the National Forest boundary with private property should be completed in conjunction with similar work on private property and through cooperating state and local agencies.

Private Home Defensible Space

Property owners in cooperation with the Colorado State Forest Service and Boulder County Wildfire Partners are continuing to create areas of defensible space around homes and other improvements on private lands. To comply with home insurance companies, some private landowners have been required to complete defensible space mitigation around their homes. Defensible space is the area around a home or other structure that has been modified to reduce fire hazard. In this area, natural and manmade fuels are treated, cleared or reduced to slow the spread of wildfire. Creating an effective defensible space involves a series of management zones in which different treatment techniques are used. 

Some of these private homes are in close proximity or adjacent to the U.S. Forest Service. For vegetation treatments to be most effective for these private property owners, the treatments need to be applied in a manner and location that complements existing defensible space efforts on private land. This project would provide homeowners the ability to complete the required defensible space across their property boundaries onto NFS lands.

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