A 100-acre forestry thinning project will be conducted on the Caribou Ranch and Sherwood Gulch properties this fall.
Caribou Ranch & Sherwood Gulch Fuels Reduction
The main objectives are to reduce overstory density, remove ladder fuels, and establish a forest structure that is more resilient to wildfire and insect and disease issues. The treatment will aim to build a mosaic pattern of groups and clumps, isolated trees, and openings.
The work will also strive to maintain age class, size class, and species diversity on the site. The site has aspen pockets, lodgepole pine pockets, open ponderosa, and mixed conifer, and the work will look to retain these components. Additionally, trees that are identified as legacy trees (trees with old growth characteristics) will be retained and promoted throughout the site.
The project is partially funded by a State Fire Assistance Wildland Urban Interface Grant and matched with internal funding and staff time. The project is scheduled to be completed in early to mid-fall of 2021.
A community informational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nederland Community Center. Staff will be present to give an overview of the project and answer any questions.