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Butte County Fire Safe Council & American Forest Foundation team up to thin forests

The Butte County Fire Safe Council is partnering with the American Forrest Foundation to help landowners thin their forests

Posted: Feb 21, 2020 7:12 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2020 7:18 PM

MAGALIA, Calif. - The Butte County Fire Safe Council is partnering with the American Forest Foundation to help landowners thin their forests.

If you can’t walk through a forest without being scratched, it could be a fire hazard.

The program called “Sierra Woods” is helping landowners get a jump start on making their forest healthy hoping to prevent another wildfire.

Executive Director of Butte County Fire Safe Council Calli-Jane DeAnda said a healthy grown forest should have trees 20 feet apart.

AFF received a grant from Cal Fire Climate Investment to start the project. The AFF will help landowners pick which trees are hazardous.

Magalia resident Jessica Hueter said she thinks this is beneficial.

“Obviously up here, it didn’t burn as much. There’s a tremendous amount of biofuel, it’ll be safer for us and it also reduces the chance of wildfire and it makes the forest much healthier,” Hueter said.

Dan Graves said he wished tree thinning happened a while ago.

“It needs to be done, it should have been done a long time ago," Graves said. "They should of tree farmed this whole area and hopefully they start doing that now, but trees that are burnt and stuff, they’re just going to die. They’re going to fall over and hurt someone or whatever, well because tree farming is the way to go you can’t have seven or eight trees right next to each other and expect them to grow. Second of all, when the fire comes by its fuel for them.”

Depending on the size of each forest the time of the project will vary.

The Butte County Fire Safe Council will be holding another workshop on March 18. For more details, CLICK HERE.

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