The use of rubber tired or tracked vehicles to cut, chip, and scatter all shrubs and small trees up to 10" diameter at breast height (dbh) (4 1/2) above the ground on the uphill side. Trees shall be spaced approx. 20' between tree trunks. Trees in order of importance and to be retained on site if possible: 1) Sugar Pine, 2) Dogwood, 3) Ponderosa Pine, 4) Douglas Fir, 5) Black Oak, 6) Cedar 7) White Fir. Retention of these trees is important but meeting the spacing requirements is the more important consideration. All trees not removed in the project area will be limbed up to 8 feet above the ground surface. Brush cover shall be reduced by creating a mosaic of treated and untreated shrubs. Openings between shrubs shall be twice the height of the shrubs and 70%-90% of the shrubs shall be treated. Brush that is treated shall be cut to the maximum of 6 inches in height no individual pieces of cut material shall be greater than 4 feet long. All masticated stumps shall be cut to within 6 inches of the ground. No debris shall average more than 6 inches in depth over project area. All cut vegetation will be kept within the project boundaries. Any cut vegetation falling into ditches, roads, road banks, trails, or adjacent parcels not within the project boundaries shall be immediately removed.
Hand Thin11 Acres
The hazard fuels reduction work on the properties fronting on Wooded Glen Drive, Wood View Court, Golden Aspen Drive, and Grizzly Flat Road shall be done with hand crew labor using chainsaws. Hand thinning shall include: Trees, up to 6" diameter at breast height (dbh) or 4 1/2 feet above the ground on the uphill side, shall be cut with 20' spacing between leave trees (trees not cut), unless otherwise designated by the Project Coordinator. All stumps will be cut to within 6" of the ground and with their cup stump tops approx. level. Leave trees shall be limbed up to 8' above the ground, but not more than 1/3 of a tree's total height; limbed material shall be treated by chipping. No surface debris shall average more than 6" in depth over the entire hand thin Treatment area. Trees in order of importance and to be retained on site if possible: 1) Sugar Pine, 2) Dogwood, 3) Ponderosa Pine, 4) Douglas Fir, 5) Black Oak, 6) Cedar, 7) White Fir. Retention of these trees is important but meeting the spacing requirements is of a greater importance.
Piling Cut Materials
All cut trees, shrubs and trimmings shall be dragged or otherwise moved to the roadside edge and piled for chipping by others.
Mechanical chipping redistributes forest vegetation, cut with chainsaw as a part of hand thinning, back into the forest environment. chips shall be blown back onto the ground and scattered ont he project area at a relatively uniform depth not to exceed 3".