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Coconino County and the Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership (GFFP) will conductforest treatments (thinning trees) on a 57-acre County parcel located in the Lockett Ranches area, behind Sechrist Elementary School.
This parcel is within the footprint of the Flagstaff WatershedProtection Project (FWPP) and aligns with GFPP’s goals to adopt “fire-adapted communities” principlesthat reduce wildfire risk and create defensible space for students and residents in the area.GFFP recently received a $200,000 Wildland Fire Hazardous Fuels grant from the Arizona Departmentof Forestry & Fire Management. GFFP will use a portion of the “Greater Flagstaff Fuel ReductionProject’s” funding to thin the County parcel. The contractor bid was awarded to High Desert Investment(HDI) and tree removal is expected to begin on Aug. 29, 2018. The project is expected to be completedby the end of September.
Cut trees will be processed into saw logs and chip products. On Aug. 23 HDI will begin to construct atemporary road to move cut trees and material off the site. Rehabilitation of the temporary road, whichincludes covering the road with rocks and slash material (limbs, small branches), will occur after alltreatment operations are completed.
During tree thinning, residents and students traveling in the area should anticipate heavy equipment.People are encouraged to use safety precautions during this time and stay out of the area until theproject is completed. Trails located on the parcel will be closed until the project is completed and willbe signed indicating closure. Be cautious of log decks (piles) and do not go near or climb on the log pilesas they can collapse.
People should expect increased traffic on Fort Valley Road due to log trucks removing material fromthe site. Use safety precaution measures and comply with all traffic signs. Heavy truck operations willbe restricted during peak traffic hours between 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.