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Payne Gulch Fuels Management Project

The purpose of the Payne Gulch Fuels Management Project is to create sustainable forest conditions that are resilient to fire, insects, and diseases, while providing for diverse wildlife habitats, recreational opportunities, and sustainable watershed conditions. Historic fire suppression has created forests that are more susceptible to a large-scale, high-intensity wildfire. The project is needed to reduce the risk, intensity, and hazards associated with a high-intensity wildfire near the Bailey community; improve forest health; and enhance ecological diversity.

The project includes mechanical and prescribed fire treatments on up to 1,107 acres of the 1,652-acre project area. Several types of mechanical treatments will be implemented, depending on vegetation and topography, to reduce canopy cover, basal area, and ladder fuels. Prescribed fire treatments will include hand piling and burning, mechanical piling and burning, and broadcast burning. Prescribed fire will be used to reduce litter and duff layers, slash produced by treatments, surface fuels, regeneration, and ladder fuels. Before any prescribed burning takes place, detailed burn plans that address site-specific details will be completed and approved. Up to four miles of new temporary roads will be needed to access treatment units. Treatments are expected to begin in 2013 and take three to five or more years to implement, depending on the availability of funding and other factors. Additional information on the project, including the Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (DN/FONSI)  may be found at the links below. Questions on the project may be addressed to Matt Schweich at 303-275-5615 or mschweich@fs.fed.us.

This decision is subject to appeal under 36 CFR 215. Any appeal must meet the requirements of 36 CFR 215. Appeals must be filed within 45 days following the date of publication of a legal notice of this decision in the Douglas County News Press, which is planned for August 8, 2013. Only those individuals or organizations who submitted substantive comments during the comment period may file an appeal. 

NEW! Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact

Payne Gulch EA Draft


CSFS: Creating Wildfire-Defensible Zones (Appendix A from the "Payne Gulch EA Draft")