Fuel reduction project set to begin at McBride Plantations near Mt. Shasta

MT SHASTA, Calif. — The Shasta McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest will be continuing forest resiliency and fuel reduction thinning activities for the McBride Plantations Project. The project is adjacent to the City of Mount Shasta off the Everitt Memorial Highway.  Activities such as chip van haul are expected to begin in December 2020.

Contract crews have been working north of the Everitt Memorial Highway in plantations that are part of the North McBride Plt Multiproduct Timber Sale. The felling and removing the thinned trees through a timber sale is the first phase of implementation to increase forest resiliency to insects, disease and wildfire in the plantations and wildland urban interface next to town. Additional fuel reduction, as well as windrow redistribution, will occur in subsequent phases.

Travelers and the recreating public need to be aware of personnel, equipment and large chip vans that will be working near or entering roadways, and exercise caution when travelling along the Everitt Memorial Highway. The project area is close to town and is well used by members of the community.

“This project benefits the community of Mount Shasta by increasing forest resilience through thinning of the forest and reducing the potential hazard of wildfire in our community,” stated District Ranger Carolyn Napper. The public can expect the area to look different after project activities are completed. Project thinning activities will reduce tree densities, so the stands will be more open. Reduced tree densities will decrease the competition between trees, allowing remaining trees to better use resources.  These trees are expected to have an increased capacity to respond to, and more effectively withstand, natural disturbances, such as drought, insects, or wildfire.

For more information, please call the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station at (530) 926-4511 or go online to the project website: www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53099.

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