Wilhoit Mechanical Thinning Operations Starting

Beginning this week and continuing for approximately 12 months, a contractor working on the Bradshaw Ranger District will be using heavy equipment to thin approximately 6,400 acres of the Wilhoit mastication project.  This project is being implemented under the Hassayampa Landscape Restoration Project.  The project area is located on national forest lands north and east of Wilhoit, Arizona, south of Copper Basin.

The contractor will start on the southern portion of the project area, near Forest Road 72 and move north and west.  Although no trail or road closures are expected, we do ask the public to avoid Glen Oaks Trail 118 and Orofino Trail 107 if equipment is operating.  Please do not enter areas where the heavy equipment is operating. Approaching such equipment is very dangerous as the operator may not see you.

Mechanical thinning treatments has proven to be an effective hazardous fuels management tool by rearranging/reducing ladder and canopy fuels to the surface to reduce the risk of crown fire, and to increase defensible space.  Completion of this project will improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while simultaneously reducing hazardous fuels that pose a threat to life and property in the Wildland-Urban Interface.

The intent of the project is to improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while simultaneously reducing hazardous fuels that pose a threat to life and property in the Wildland-Urban Interface.

For more information, please contact the Bradshaw Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.

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