A contractor will begin using heavy equipment to thin trees on 627 acres of Prescott National Forest land in the Camp Wood area on the Chino Valley Ranger District. The Connell Stewardship Project is located along Camp Wood Road (County Road 68) to the west of Williamson Valley Road. Thinning operations are dependent on weather and soil conditions, but visitors can expect equipment to be in the area for the next 2-3 months.
The contractors are beginning working in the area east of Yolo Ranch and south of the Camp Wood Road. As the contractor moves through the area, portions of Forest Road 702 will be closed to maintain public safety.
As the operator moves through the project area, numerous signs will be posted to make forest visitors aware of thinning operations, the status of closures as well as alternate routes. Measures will be taken to protect the surface of roads and trails and impacts will be remedied by the contractor and the Forest Service as needed. In addition, there will be increased truck traffic along Camp Wood Road.
Prescott National Forest personnel will also ensure that agency approved events and partner activities will experience only minimal interruptions. Until mechanical operations are concluded, Forest Managers recommend that visitors take advantage of recreational opportunities on the Walnut Creek Road (County Road 125) or Forest Road 95 area.
The intent of the project is to improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while reducing the risk of bark beetle outbreaks which are heavily impacting the forest.
For more information, please contact the Bradshaw & Chino Valley Ranger Districts at 928-443-8000.