Fuels Reduction Projects
INCLINE VILLAGE AND CRYSTAL BAY PROJECT INFORMATION 2019 FIELD SEASON
1. The Incline Village Prescribed Fire Project:
This project will reduce hazardous fuels on at least 150 acres in the wildland-urban interface through the application of prescribed understory fire. The areas targeted for treatment include 544 acres of steep drainages located below vulnerable residential subdivisions. SNPLMA Round 15 is a contributing funding source. This project compliments fuels reduction work previous completed by NLTFPD, the USFS, and the Nevada Division of State Lands. A strong working relationship with the Incline Village General Improvement District and a committed community will allow NLTFPD to showcase the effectiveness of utilizing prescribed fire to treat hazardous fuels, even in close proximity to communities and residents. It also compliments defensible space on private property.
2. The NV Regional Fuel Reduction Project:
This project will reduce hazardous fuels on forested lands within the Wildland Urban Interface of Incline Village, NV and provide fuel loading estimates to aid in planning for future fuels management projects. Hazardous fuels on at least 286 acres will be reduced using a combination of hand thinning, pile burning, and understory prescribed fire. We anticipate an additional 150 acres will be treated with understory prescribed fire in areas that were hand thinned previously. The 436 acre project will serve to protect Incline Village, NV from catastrophic wildfire occurring in areas to the south and east of developed communities. SNPLMA Round 16 is significant contributor for this work. Thinning in these areas will enhance the previous work done by the NLTFPD hand crews within and adjacent to the project area and it will compliment fuels reduction and defensible space projects on state, federal and privately owned lands near-by.
3. The Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities Project:
This project implements the SNPLMA Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives by integrating and connecting with other Lake Tahoe Basin projects that cross agency boundaries, span private and public property and landscapes, and expand prior phases of hazardous fuels reduction and wildfire prevention treatments. This nomination was developed in coordination with the Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team (TFFT) and the Multi- Agency Coordinating Group (MAC). Through coordinated implementation of the Lake Tahoe Basin Multi-Jurisdictional Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention Strategy (Multi-Jurisdictional Strategy), this Project will promote Fire Adapted Communities in areas of high wildfire threat by fostering strong working partnerships between private property owners and agencies conducting defensible space and fuel reduction projects and implementation of fire prevention in vulnerable communities.
4. Diamond Peak Lodge Project:
The goal of the project is to protect life, property and the environment by reducing hazardous forest fuels and improving forest health. Removing ladder fuels, reducing dead-and-down debris, increasing crown to base height, reducing brush height and continuity, and thinning trees from below is some of the methods that will be used to reduce the potential for high intensity wildfire. Adjacent high-density residential developments include Upper and Lower Tyrolia and Bitterbrush Condominiums. A fire in the area could restrict the limited evacuation routes for the 500 nearby residential units. Following the implementation of this and the adjacent USFS Incline Hazardous Fuels and Healthy Forest Restoration Project, the reduced fire behavior in the area will provide a safer working environment for firefighters, protect public evacuation routes, and introduce tactical opportunities to redirect a fire approaching from the south away from the residential developments. In total 63 acres will be treated for fuels reduction. All piles burned for this project are scheduled to be burned by Fall 2020.
5. Upper Diamond Peak Restoration Project:
The goal of the project is also to protect life, property and the environment by reducing forest fuels and improving forest health. Funded by Incline Village General Improvement District. Project assignments include removing ladder fuels, reducing dead-and-down debris, increasing crown to base height, reducing brush height and continuity, and thinning trees from below. This will reduce potential fire intensity and protect nearby resources from catastrophic wildfire. Vegetative conditions will be improved by reducing competition among desired species and altering stand characteristics to more closely resemble historic spacing and stocking levels. This thinning will create resilience to drought conditions, improve carbon sequestration capacity, increase resistance to disease and beetle attacks and improve watershed and ecosystem function.