October 1, 2012

Reading Fire Rehab Planning Starts

Filed under: Uncategorized — waltblog @ 6:01 pm

OLD STATION – A report released last week shows that the Forest Service will evaluate and consider reforestation of their land burned in the Reading Fire, while the National Park Service only shows planning to remove trees next to roads and trails and no replanting of the fire area inside the park.
An interagency team of specialists recently conducted field operations and gathered information to determine how to best reduce the impacts of the Reading Fire within the two areas. The team, including hydrologists, soil scientists, archaeologists, foresters, and biologists among others, was comprised of resource specialists from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and National Park Service (NPS).
The team will produce one plan under National Park Service standards and guidelines and one plan under USFS standards and guidelines. The plans summarize watershed information, areas of concern, values at risk and proposed short- erm emergency treatments, as well as identify long-term needs for post-fire rehabilitation on the park lands and Forest Service lands that were burned in the Reading Fire.
The Reading Fire burned approximately 28,079 acres. Of the total acreage, approximately 11,071 acres burned on the Hat Creek Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest, 16,993 acres on Lassen Volcanic National Park and 75 acres on private property.
In Lassen National Forest, approximately 65% burned at high and moderate soil burn severity. The rest of the fire was either low or very low soil burn severity. Generally, the lodge pole pine-forested areas sustained moderate to high soil burn severity, with 80 to 100% timber mortality; open mixed conifer stand areas had moderate to low soil burn severities, with a 30 to 70% mortality rate.

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