Conduct prescribed fire operations on 481 acres of the sandhills chaparral and transitional forest community within Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to perpetuate the unique vegetative and wildlife community found on this unusual substrate. Pre-fire treatments work will use hand tools and heavy equipment to:
• Subdivide burn plots into areas of approximately 30 acres;
• Cut and limb trees and shrubs less than 24-inches in diameter at breast height (DBH);
• Create containment lines with a minimum of 2-inches of bare mineral soil around each plot to
ensure firefighter safety and successful holding operations, and to initiate burning on
designated burn days; and
• Crush vegetation material and relocate heavy fuels for safety and ease of burning.
Firefighters will conduct ignition operations from containment lines during designated burn days. All operations will be conducted under management of a California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Burn Boss. Burn prescription aims to kill 95% of above ground shrub cover, reduce duff and litter cover by 90%, reduce 10-hour fuels by 80-100%, avoid all ground disturbing activities within the
plots, and minimize risk of escaped fire.
Smoke effects will be managed based on burn day smoke dispersion and adhere to all required permitting. All work will be done in conjunction with DPR Environmental Scientists and include avoidance and minimization measures.