CAL FIRE would provide funding to expedite priority restoration measures in moderate to high severity burn areas on 80 acres of area burned in the 2022 McKinney wildfire. Activities will include, but are not limited to, mechanical and/or hand crew site prep, mastication, herbicide pre and post spray, planting, netting, piling, and burning. Herbicides will be applied to brush before mastication to facilitate the effectiveness of mastication and following mastication of resprouting species to increase the effectiveness of regeneration. Trees will not be removed unless they are a hazard to the road or personnel.
The project area is flat to moderately sloped (0 - 50%). It is a burned landscape with historically open to moderately dense mixed conifer stands and brush. The watercourses have been flagged and will be protected as per ASP Forest Practice Rules. The erosion hazard is moderate. There are no known occurrences of plant or animal species listed as Threatened, Rare, or Endangered, either under ESA or CESA, within the project area. There are no known historic or cultural sites located within the project vicinity. Funding supports the broader goal of post fire recovery and forest health and resiliency. The project supports a local workforce within a census designated priority population. In addition to the short-term benefit of restoring and reforesting severely burned forested acres, implementation of the project would promote resilience in the natural ecosystem services, such as overall watershed improvements through improved regulation of surface runoff and groundwater infiltration, increased uptake of carbon dioxide, provide for slope stabilization, and restoration of lost forest-based habitat for species that rely upon these environments.