The project area is comprised of mixed conifer forests at an elevation of approximately 5,000’-6,500’ within private lands in the local sphere of influence of the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council (MRFSC) and Arrowhead Communities Fire Safe Council (ACFSC). Communities that will benefit from this project include Crestline, Green Valley Lake, Arrowbear, Running Springs, Twin Peaks, Skyforest, Rimforest, Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains. The area for the project is approximately 145 square miles/92,000 acres; an estimated 52,000 parcels with approximately 48,000 habitable structures. Cumulative acreage to be treated is estimated at approximately 250 acres, based upon treating 380 homes at an average of .66 acre per parcel.
This project focuses on assisting property owners with bringing their property into compliance with fire hazard abatement guidelines. This will include removing all dead plants, grass and weeds; removal of dead or dry leaves and pine needles from the yard, roof and rain gutters; and pruning trees to a minimum of six feet above the ground or half the tree height, whichever is less. This project may involve hazardous tree felling, chipping of branches (onsite or haul away), brush removal and possible removal of logs from the site resulting from tree felling. Trees will either be climbed and cut into sections which will be lowered to the ground using ropes, cut from the ground, or cut utilizing bucket trucks. All branches will be lopped and/or chipped onsite. If tree logs need to be removed from the project site, then the logs will be cut into firewood size lengths and removed by hand to minimize ground disturbance. All trees will be felled in the least ground-disturbing manner feasible. Slash created from the fuel abatement will be brought to an existing road and chipped. The chips will be broadcast back onto the soil surface. No equipment will be used off of the existing road surface.