The USDA Forest Service, in conjunction with the UC Berkeley Center for Forestry, and other partners, recently sponsored a hazardous fuels treatment demonstration at the Santa Rosa Reservation. The treatment demonstration was one week in duration and provided equipment vendors the opportunity to demonstrate innovative equipment and techniques that might not be currently utilized in the local area.
In addition to staff observing the different treatment techniques, the Ramona Band of Cahuilla also had their own hand crew participate in the demonstration and showcase hand work as a viable means to remove fuels. Additionally, during the crew’s time in the field they identified a culturally sensitive site. The crew’s ability to recognize and identify the site highlighted the potential favorability of using hand treatment techniques to remove fuels in potentially sensitive areas versus mechanical techniques.
We are grateful to have been able to have staff attend and participate in this demonstration. Special thanks to the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla and organizing partners for sponsoring this productive and educational day in the field. Please contact Tad Mason (TSS Consultant) to obtain more information on attending future hazardous fuels reduction demonstrations in your area.