Post Rim Fire Trail Work on Stanislaus National Forest
With winter rains approaching in the next few weeks, QWR wants to commend agency staff on the Stanislaus National Forest for their work to stabilize or stormproof motorized routes in the Hull Creek OHV Area that were impacted by the Rim Fire.
According to an October 21, 2013 update from the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program, implementation is well underway ahead of the rainy season and assessment of additional needs is ongoing. Emergency response actions being taken include falling hazard trees near roads trails and campgrounds; improving and stormproofing roads to restore drainage; repairing and constructing rolling dips (drivable dips that remove water off the road); stabilizing and repairing trails; installing public warning signs gates and barricades for public safety; applying mulch and chipping woody material to protect exposed soil; and protecting cultural and natural resources.
Example of a Post Fire Rolling Dip
The BAER program also stated that while these treatments will help to reduce post-fire effects it must be recognized that not all effects can be mitigated and potential threats to life and property remain during runoff events. The projects underway are listed below.
Restoring drainage - 61% complete:
Clean the ditches and culverts
Pull floatable debris from uphill of the culverts
Water bars – helps with the drainage of water and
grading the road.
Rolling dips: (repair and construct) - 13% complete
Erosion control measure - 46% complete
Trail stabilization - 100% complete
Hazard tree mitigation - 100% complete
Install route markers - 100% complete
Install public warning signs gates and barricades
Hazard tree mitigation - 94% complete along priority roads.
Cultural resource protection: erosion control measures are 69% complete and hazard tree mitigation is 100% complete.
QWR again wants to commend agency staff on the Stanislaus National Forest for their work to stabilize motorized trails that are so important to the OHV community.