The purpose of this project is to conduct vegetation modification within defensible space zones at Marsh Creek State Park to protect structures and other high priority facilities or resources from potential wildfire damage. State Park staff and youth corps crews will use hand and/or power tools to:
- Remove all live and/or dead branches touching or overhanging roof structures and all branches within 10-ft of chimneys or stovepipes;
- Remove all ignitable material within 5-ft of any structure and flushcut stumps;
- Remove dead and/or live trees with poor vigor or structure within a 130-foot radius of structures;
- Prune limbs from all retained vegetation up to 10-ft above ground level;
- Cut grass to 4 inches high or less;
- Lop and scatter, broadcast chip, pile burn and/or burn in an air curtain burner all downed woody fuel, twigs, and material generated from work; and
- Use licensed pesticide applicators to treat and prevent regrowth of cut invasive vegetation.
Pile burning and/or air curtain burner operation will occur on approved burn days by qualified fire-trained crews in accordance with approved burn plan. No mature trees will be removed unless determined necessary by Senior Environmental Scientist and determined not to be historic by District Historian.