MITIGATION OR DECIMATION?
This afternoon I had the privilege of casually speaking with two fire fighters in the Prescott National Forest.
They had hand held GPS units and were working fast but gave me a few minutes of their time. I fielded them a few questions about the “hazardous fuel mitigation” work that has been going on for the past months here in the Prescott area.
When I asked them if they were going to do a prescribed burn in the Emmanuel Pines area they responded with, “No, we are going to start brushing this area like the others.”
After an attempt to gather my thoughts without coming across angry with the two young fire fighters, who were just out in the field doing their job, I ask this question. “Why does the forest service seem to have to decimate everything except the pines on so many acres in our amazing public land?”
They directed me to make a call to the Cortez office and talk with their supervisor.
I did call Ed Paul (777-5665) of the PNF this morning and spoke with him for about 20 minutes. He was informative as well as willing to listen to my concern and mentioned he would speak to the company the PNF has contracted with about being more careful with the work they are doing.
He did tell me that it would take from two to seven years for the vegetation to grow back to a normal state.
My request is simple.
Dear Prescott National Forest Service:
1. Please do not trash both the legal and social trails that have been recently established or have been around our forests, in many cases, for decades.
2. Please do not destroy the forest in an attempt to save it.
3. Please realize I am not trying to be critical of the PNFS but just attempting to voice my opinion in attempt to not have to look at a stripped forest for a few years.
4. I do understand the principle of hazardous fuel mitigation but think the application of this practice could be managed better.
5. Organize and allow a trails restoration crew to be permitted go back into the forest and restore both sanctioned as well as “social” none sanctioned trails back to a usable state. (under the direction of Jason Williams of the PNF or a PMBA type organization).
Much of the Granite Basin area currently reminds me of the barren land that is directly behind Lowes on Hwy 69 or a better description of that area could be an “Arkansas with no trees”.
If the “mitigation” work doesn’t have a little more TLC (tender loving care) I am really convinced that the the Emmanuel Pines area will be trashed in a few weeks.
I realize the Forest service has a huge task of managing about 1.25 million acres and I applaud the service and stewardship they provide. That being said, my request is that they would TONE DOWN the decimation of all vegetation and destruction of our hiking, biking and equestrian trail systems by the mitigation process they are currently active in.
I would, as well as, many others in our community be glad to volunteer time as well as effort in helping the forest service maintain our forest system. I agree that we need a defensible space but we don’t need a decimated space.
If you would like to contact the National Forest office to voice your concerns, call: Ed Paul @ 777-5665
Here is an article from the Prescott Daily Courier with more information if you would like to read it.
The first photo is a picture of one of our trails were I had the conversation with the fire fighters. The rest of the photos are pictures of what it will look like if the PNFS continues the carnage.
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Save these trails
After effect of Hazardous Fuel Mitigation work @ Granite Basin.
Welcome to Granite Basin ..”It will grow back by June”.
Of what year?
Awesome – invite your friends this summer.
“It will grow back by June”.
Nice lawn mower.
If you or I did this we are talkin big time fine.
Local quote of the day. ” Their rippen the lichen right of the rocks” – Ed
“it will grow back by June”
I do not want to be perceived as an enemy of the PNFS. Actually, I’m a big fan of the PNFS and commend the leadership for their recent positive changes. – Just tryin to help the carnage not reach the Emmanuel Pines area like it has @ Thumb Butte or GB.
The tone of my concern comes from a cooperative yet concerned spirit.
Just trying to preserve what is left – Don’t destroy the forest to try to save it.
In my own opinion … just sayin