Fire Adapted 50
The El Dorado County Cooperative Wildfire Prevention Strategy (Project) is an innovative all-lands hazardous fuel reduction project aimed to create fire resilient forest ecosystems and fire-adapted human communities. The strategy is exemplified by its inclusion in Fire Adapted 50 (FA50) and the South Fork American River Cohesive Strategy (SOFAR). The landscape encompassed by these efforts is representative of the current state of the Sierra Nevada as evidenced by the devastating effects of recent fires (including the 2014 King Fire), drought and insect associated tree mortality and the susceptibility of human communities, ecosystems and watersheds to such catastrophic events. The values to be protected in this watershed are critical to the local and regional economy and to ecosystem health.
The Sly Park Vegetation Management Project Phase I.a (Project) is located immediately and adjacent to Phase I within Sly Park. The area is close to the southern edge of the King Fire Burn area which consumed 97,717 acres in the fall of 2014. The event threatened 12,000 residences, destroyed 12 residences and 68 other structures and damaged critical infrastructure including facilities, roads, bridges, and electrical transmission and distribution lines (USFS ROD King Fire 9/15). The impact of the King Fire and prolonged drought have increased awareness about the susceptibility of communities and watershed resources to such catastrophic wildfires. As a result, CAL FIRE, in collaboration with Federal, State and local agencies and private landowners have put forth a response in the form of a long-term cohesive strategy to establish a more fire resilient Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) condition with a focus on the Highway 50 corridor.
Activities proposed in this Project will include pre-and post-treatment descriptions of site conditions and Project results relative to vegetative conditions and wildfire hazard reduction goal accomplishments. Fuel reduction activities will focus on reducing fire hazard, improving tree growth, and increasing forest resilience. Treatments will eliminate the vertical and horizontal continuity of vegetative fuels for the purpose of reducing the rate of fire spread, duration and intensity, fuel ignitability, and ignition of tree crowns. The prescriptions used may include mechanical and hand thinning, removal of ladder fuels and treatment of slash. No merchantable trees will be removed by the project and vegetation will be treated on-site or removed, rather than burned, or shipped to a biomass plant for energy production if feasible. Because the Project area is within a Tier I or II tree mortality zone, there are incentives for biomass plants to utilize the material.
Sierra Nevada Conservancy Phase
The Sly Park Vegetation Management Project (Project) is an innovative all-lands approach to create fire resilient forest ecosystems and fire-adapted communities. The Project occurs within two priority landscape management units: The Fire Adapted 50 Strategy (FA50) and the South Fork American River Cohesive Strategy (SOFAR). These management units exemplify the current state of the Sierra Nevada as evidenced by the devastating effects of recent fires (including the 2014 King Fire), drought and insect associated tree mortality and the susceptibility of human communities, ecosystems and watersheds to such catastrophic events. The Project will leverage a collaboration between long-time partners to implement ecologically sound forest restoration work on a large-landscape scale. The total Project area is 3724 acres. Phase I (867 acres) has an estimated cost of $1,472,000.00. CAL FIRE has provided $972,000.00 (607 acres will have been treated by spring 2018) with the remaining $500,000.00 being requested under the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Proposition 1 grant program.