The project would involve the treatment of forest conditions in order to reduce fire danger. The Forest Service is proposing to reduce surface fuel loadings and ladder fuels to a level that would allow safe fire suppression by hand cutting, piling, and burning material, developing Helispots, and water sources, treating non-native invasive plants, and removing hazard trees. In addition, the Forest Service is proposing to recondition/maintain and repair several sections of existing roads to improve accessibility for firefighting operations and public ingress and egress in the event of a wildfire in the area.
To accomplish the purpose and need of this project, the Forest Service is proposing the treatments on approx. 4,321 acres of national forest lands on the Yuba River Ranger District, within western Nevada County. The following treatments are proposed: 1) Hand cut machine pile and burn piles; 2) Mechanically thin (tractor) and underburn; 3) Hand cut, machine pile, burn piles, and underburn; 4) Helispot development; 5) Water Source Developments; 6) Mastication; 7) Hand cut, hand pile, and burn piles; 8) Hand cut, hand pile, burn piles, and underburn; 9) Underburn; 10) Manually treat non-native invasive plants; 11) Improve sensitive plant habitat by hand cutting small trees, shrubs, and small down wood in selected areas to provide more sunlight; 12) Remove hazard trees; 13) Protect residual trees in treated stands from annosus root disease by treating freshly cut stumps greater than 14 inches diameter with a registered borate compound; 14) Enhance hardwoods by handcutting selected hardwood sprouts in treatment units; 15) Improve road conditions through maintenance of 37 miles of road of which approx. 17 miles would be reconditioned; 16) Transfer of ownership and maintenance to Nevada County of two segments of roads (totaling 1.86 miles) in the Madrone Springs-Cooper Road area.