PUBLISHED 4:25 P.M. -- The USDA Forest Service has approved the Burned Area Emergency Response report for the 27,440-acre American Fire that began August 10 on the Tahoe National Forest American River Ranger District and has been fully contained since August 29. The report recommends emergency response measures to manage unacceptable risks to critical values, including threats to human life and safety; native plant species; road and trail infrastructure; and soil productivity.
Just over $200,000 will be used to stabilize roads and trails with such activities as cleaning culverts and roadside ditches; installing culverts and rolling dips; and grading roads. Nearly $200,000 will be spent on mulching and mastication activities on high-priority soils to minimize erosion and protect water quality. In the interest of safety, approximately $33,000 will support hazard-tree removal and signage, and over $18,000 will help with noxious weed detection and rapid response.
Project work in many areas will begin as soon as conditions permit so as to stabilize areas before winter weather arrives. All initial treatments will be handled by the end of August 2014.
“The measures planned to manage unacceptable risks within the American Fire area will do much to address emergency resource concerns. Rehabilitating and restoring the area’s resources supports our mission and responsibility to the public,” said Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn.
There is more information available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/tahoe/home.
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