The multi-year project schedule for this project is July 2022 and expiring on June 30, 2023. The projects funding mechanism is from a 2021 Measure U voter property tax initiative and hard match costs. The project that has a focus on various methods of forest fuels reduction designed to enhance an identified evacuation route and protect structures. This is a priority from the updated 2022 Northstar Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Below are key components to the project.
1. To perform forest fuels reduction along named major evacuation routes and along structures protection to the central portion of the Community of Northstar. The project areas exist on privately owned; open common space forested lands next to evacuation routes to the central portion of the Northstar Community. The project areas are part of Priority Number One in the Northstar Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
2. To remove dead, diseased, dying and pest infected trees that identify as a fire hazard and or are detrimental to forest health.
3. The funding for forest fuels reduction for evacuation route and forest fuels buffer work exists exclusively within the Northstar Community Services District Boundary. The project will treat 80.35-acres of land.
4. This project exists within a State Regulatory Area (SRA), CAL FIRE named Very High Fire Severity Zone. The project areas hold over-stocked conifer tree stands, declining conifer trees, vegetation health that is a result of multiple years of drought and correcting one hundred plus years of historical timber harvesting practices which altered the forests of the Martis Creek Watershed. Currently, forest fuels that exists along the evacuation route areas require a combination of first entry and maintenance treatment. The goal is to reduce forest fuels within areas that are readily able to burn hot and travel at an accelerated rate across the topography and affect a safe community wide evacuation. A secondary issue is addressing the removal of dead, diseased, dying and pest infected trees will help reduce the acceleration of tree
mortality before reaching an epidemic level.