Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Three River School Assembly Area
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project involves the removal of the hazardous fuel load by hand crews utilizing hand tools, chainsaws, and a portable chipper around the school and the community library. The vegetation that is to be removed will consist of down tree limbs, blackberries, and various brush species. The school will serve many different functions. This is a central meeting location for many in the community. This location will be served as a shelter in place for the children during the school day during a disaster. This location will and can be used as a safe refuse during a disaster as well as evacuation center or an assembly area. Providing a fuel reduction project around this school will help to ensure the safety and the success of one of these events.
The project will establish a fuel break around the school and library through hand clearing. The project involves only minor alterations to the existing conditions of the land and vegetation designed to establish a more natural vegetative condition with a reduced fire risk. The project will allow safe community evacuation should fire become a threat.