NORTH FORK, Calif. – On February 14, 2017, the Sierra National Forest began work on a number of roadside public safety and forest health projects in Eastern Madera and Mariposa counties. The unprecedented tree mortality in the Sierra National Forest has left a high number of dead and dying trees within the Bass Lake Ranger District. Forest crews have been and continue to work hard to mitigate hazards along forest roads, trails, in picnic areas and campgrounds.
“We’re excited to start moving forward again on these projects. Felling these dead and dying trees will help improve public safety along our roads and increase the overall health and resiliency of the forest,” said Mark Smith, battalion chief on the Bass Lake Ranger District.
The Forest Service fire and fuels staff began felling, bucking and disposing of dead trees alongside the following roads and trails on the Bass lake Ranger District:
• Mammoth Pool Road (Madera County)
• Douglas Station/Willow Canyon Road (Madera County)
• Cedar Valley Drive (Madera County)
• Deer Run Trail Road (Madera County)
• Lewis Creek/Cedar Valley North Trail (Madera County)
• Jerseydale Road (Mariposa County)
• Beasore Road near McCleod Flat (Madera County)
Forest visitors can expect periodic temporary road closures when visiting these areas of the forest. Visitors are advised to use caution when driving along these roads, watch out for crews and equipment, and be prepared to stop for traffic control. Road work signs will be posted along the routes where work is being performed for crew and public safety. Project operations will continue through the spring as weather permits.
Bass Lake’s District Ranger Denise Tolmie said, “As we continue to face the enormous challenge of mitigating tree mortality, our first priority is always public and employee safety.”
Information on tree mortality can be found by visiting www.fs.usda.gov/main/CATreeMortality.
For further information regarding the Sierra National Forest and recreational activities, please contact the High Sierra Ranger District office in Prather at 559-855-5355; the Bass Lake Ranger District in North Fork at 559-877-2218; or the Forest Supervisors Office in Clovis at 559-297-0706.