Friday, November 22, 2013

Aerial seeding starts in burned areas

Greenhorn, Deer Creek included in plan


    Aerial seeding and mulching rehabilitation work started Thursday to stabilize areas burned by the Beaver Creek Fire west of Hailey and Ketchum last summer.
    The mulch will be aerially applied by helicopter to 1,325 acres of Forest Service land and 440 acres of Bureau of Land Management land, the Forest Service said Thursday. Additionally, there will be more than 5,800 acres of aerial seeding completed in the area.
    “Since winter is rapidly approaching, not all of the project treatments will be completed this fall,” said Kurt Nelson, Ketchum District ranger. “We are directing the contractor to focus on completing the aerial seeding on the 5,800 acres in the Greenhorn, Deer Creek and Willow/Cherry creek drainages, and applying the straw mulch on 569 acres in Greenhorn and Imperial Gulch treatment areas.”
    The higher elevation mulch-treatment areas in Baker Creek and Curran Creek already have snow depths that exceed the limits established in the contract and will be scheduled for completion next spring,” Forest Service officials said.
    “We estimate that this portion of the project will take about four days to complete,” said DuWayne Kimball, project coordinator.  
    Stabilization projects by both the Sawtooth National Forest and the Twin Falls District BLM have been ongoing since the Beaver Creek Fire was declared controlled in September. Culverts and waterbars have been installed, ditches cleaned, and debris dams removed above bridges to aid in the flow of water and to help prevent debris flows from clogging up streams and further damaging roads and trails.

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