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10-5 thru 10-15-15 Fuels Mitigation work by Southwest Conservation Corps

Beginning Oct. 5, you may hear the buzz of chainsaws coming from the south. The Southwest Conservation Corps will be conducting fuels mitigation work on the conservation easement that sits just south of the subdivision. This project is the result of a suggestion that partners made during work on the Timberline View Estates Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Doing some mitigation work in that easement should help protect both Timberline/Songbird and Sky Ridge in the event of a wildfire. The 8-person crew will be removing ladder fuels around the large ponderosa pine and cutting some old decadent oak and other shrubs. Large material will be left as firewood for the Bauers, the owners of the easement, and smaller material will be chipped on site.  There is a small possibility of burning some piles over the winter if the terrain prohibits the crew from getting the slash to the chipper.

The plan is for the crew to work in the area from Oct. 5 - 15. They will be working M-TH — yes, even in the rain. The crew will be working just on the lower half of the easement, but will be accessing it from the southeast portion of the property. This project is a joint effort between the Southwest Conservation Corps, La Plata Open Space Conservancy, FireWise of Southwest Colorado, and of course, Bill and Elizabeth Bauer, who own the conservation easement, and was funded by a GOCO grant to La Plata Open Space Conservancy.

We hope this work will not be an impact on Timberline residents in any way other than helping to better protect your homes from a future wildfire but we did want you to be aware of the work as eight chainsaws running at once can create a bit of noise. We hope you’ll like the end result!

Pam Wilson

FireWise of Southwest Colorado



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