Feds partner to reduce hazardous fuels around Lake Cascade

Release Date: Jul 10, 2017  

Contact(s): Tim Dulhanty 208-382-7400

BOISE, Idaho, July 10, 2017 -- The Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest, in partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) are planning fuel treatments to mechanically reduce the amount of hazardous fuels on Reclamation lands next to private property around Lake Cascade.

“This project has multiple benefits,” said Jim Bishop, Fuels Assistant Fire Management Officer, Cascade Ranger District. “Besides reducing the fuel load, mulching along these areas will improve the forest’s ability to withstand wildfire and in the long term, improve wildlife habitat by generating new growth.”

A track-mounted mechanical mulching (mastication) machine will use a rotating drum to shred vegetation, including standing trees to clear the sites and decrease risks from wildfire.

The Boise National Forest road crew and District employees will begin July 10, 2017, in the following areas:

  • Unit #1 Tucker Road - 28 acres. Located south of Roseberry Road off Tucker Road in T-16N R-3E Section 16, approximately 2 miles west of Donnelly, Idaho.

  • Unit #2 Dawn Drive - 77 acres. Located south of Roseberry Road and east of Dawn Drive in
    T-16N R-3E Section 15, approximately 2 miles southwest of Donnelly, Idaho.

For public and employee safety, signs will be posted on roads and access points leading into the project area to notify them that operations are in progress.

Residents adjacent to the project area will be notified before implementation. Your cooperation and patience during this period are appreciated.