New Shady Rest campground fuels reduction implementation
The Whitebark Institute, under the authority of the Inyo National Forest (INF), is currently working on a collaborative landscape-scale forest restoration project aiming to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire within Mammoth Lakes. In addition to being guided by foresters, the project also follows the parameters of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implemented by the INF for fuel reduction of New Shady Rest Campground. The trees were selected using a marking guide which determines the number of trees per acre (including healthy ones) that will need to be removed to reduce the built-up fuels in the area generated after 50 years. For a Jeffrey Pine stand, that area is very dense and overcrowded with signs of bark beetle activity. We are thinning the trees to a more natural density for that forest type and to reduce the risk of wildfire close to town. There will be some shade reduction from removing these trees, but the foresters were thoughtful and marked less trees directly around campsites. Due to the historic snowfall this year, initial work was not able to occur in early summer prior to the campground opening. Work will be occurring in units adjacent to the campground while it is open as we work towards forest restoration. Some of the biomass that will be removed will be available for public use and will not be used for timber purposes.
Tree removal work is extremely dangerous.
Please stay out of the project area for your safety and the safety of the crews. Stay tuned and follow Mammoth Lakes Trail System for updates on road closures and detours:
Units 1.4 & 1.5
Work started August 3 and ended August 22.
Units 1.2 & 1.1
Work starts after Labor Day as various campground loops close.
Work starts after September 25 when the campground closes.
Anticipated Scope of Work
Treatment area will be covered by thinning trees < 20“ diameter at breast height (DBH) and hazard trees < 30” DBH. The trees have been pre-marked focusing on removal of dead and diseased trees first and low value trees next. There will also be removal of all dead trees up to 30” DBH and a selection of dead trees over 30” DBH. Most of the down woody logs will be removed, leaving the two largest logs per acre for habitat purposes.
Multi-Use Path Closures
Multi use pathways and Sawmill road will be intermittently closed while work is occurring in units 1.2 & 1.1.