Mechanical Thinning Operations Continue Along Walker Road

Contact(s): Debbie Maneely: 928-443-8130


Contractors have been busy finishing up 1,500 acres of mastication on the west side of Walker Road between Ranch 62 Trailhead and Seven Mile Gulch Trailhead.  Weather permitting work will be completed next week. 

 

They will then move their heavy equipment south on Walker Road and start work to thin approximately 400 acres in and around the Lynx Lake Recreation Area. A new release will be sent out when we have a start date with information on trail closures, road closures and day-use areas affected. 

 

At the same time, hand thinning operations on an additional 500 acre project is expected to begin on Wednesday, February 6. Visitors can expect to see thinning crews working along the eastside of Walker Rd between the Lynx Lake Recreation Area and the community of Walker. This project will require the closure of Trail # 305.

 

Vegetation treatments have proven to be an effective hazardous fuels management tool reducing the risk of crown fire and increasing defensible space.  Completion of this project will improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while simultaneously reducing hazardous fuels that pose a threat to life and property in the Wildland-Urban Interface. The Lynx Lake Recreation area is expected to benefit by stimulating the vegetation, improving the fire resiliency in and around the recreation facilities, and improving line of sight at key trail and road intersections.

 

 

Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following:





https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/prescott/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD608327