The last Project Spotlight post introduced the Burney-Hat Creek Community Forest and Watershed Group (BHCCFWG). This week’s post will focus on the Crossroads project- a collaboratively designed 2,500+ acre project within the BHCCFWG focus area.
Crossroads Area Overview:
The proposed Crossroads project is located northeast of Burney, CA in the area surrounding Lake Britton, and is within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest administered by the Lassen National Forest (see map below for area). The project is also in close proximity to McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, the crown jewel of the Intermountain community. Land ownership is mixed, including private landowners, timber companies, ranchers, and public land. Timber harvesting and recreation are major activities within the area including about 20 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. The area contains variable soils and vegetation and is prone to drought-induced tree mortality.
The BHCCFWG has played a key role in identifying the Crossroads project area and defining objectives. The group met in the field to view potential project sites and discuss the types of treatments, surveys, and labor required to implement them. These discussions led to mapping exercises, in which GIS specialists could update project boundaries in real time with group input. Through field tours and mapping, BHCCFWG members become familiar with the “where and why” of the project.
The Crossroads project area was evaluated for potential opportunities to incorporate Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) objectives and increase forest resiliency. A total of 2,752 acres were selected based on proximity to communities and areas containing insect and drought induced mortality. Fuel treatments and thinning would be utilized to reduce hazardous fuels and improve tree health, growth, and vigor in overstocked timber stands. As planning progresses, there will be public meetings held to inform communities about project development and actions.
Want to learn more?
The BHCCFWG holds meetings on a regular basis and are always open to the public. If you are interested in learning more about this collaborative forestry effort or would like to get involved, please contact email@example.com or phone 530.284.1022.