Trail Update 5/17/16: Controlled Burn will take place Tuesday through Thursday at White Rabbit trailhead area on Ashland Loop Road. Click link above or go to the Trails Info link for more info.
The west side of the watershed (Granite St side) is now closed to all access due to helicopter thinning and log truck traffic. This is for public safety, so PLEASE do not go around the gate or enter the area in any way. Log trucks can't stop to avoid you when coming down the hill. The closure lasts until July 1, but the Spring Thaw race will go on as planned. Thanks for your continued patience, we're making great progress toward a healthier and safer watershed.
See www.ashland.or.us/trailinfo or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AFR.Project.
This is what it's all about, big trees left with room to grow and low fire danger!
The goal of the 10-year AFR Project is to reduce severe wildfire risk to protect water quality, older forests, wildlife, people, property and quality of life. The project is jointly managed by the U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, City of Ashland, and The Nature Conservancy. Lomakatsi Restoration is managing the current helicopter operations.The helicopter will be using the top of Granite Street as a base for fueling and maintenance.
Roughly 1,200 acres of environmentally-sensitive thinning is planned this winter and spring throughout the Ashland Watershed, the majority of which will be accomplished by helicopter to avoid impacts to sensitive soils.
We sincerely appreciate the understanding and patience of the community while we continue this important work to better protect our water supply and community. During operations, residents can expect to hear noise from the helicopter and log trucks, as well as experience increased traffic on Tolman Creek Road, Granite Street and downtown through this winter and spring.
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