SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE:
Highway 395 travelers entering and leaving Washoe Valley will see a lot of helicopter action from a U.S. Forest Service hazardous fuels project from now through Thanksgiving.
The Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is completing a 200-acre hazardous fuels reduction project on steep and inaccessible slopes adjacent to private properties. This project will help prevent catastrophic wildfire, provide defensible space for nearby property homeowners, and improve overall forest health.
This project is in the wildland urban interface, or “where the homes meet the Forest,” and is among one of the largest blocks of unburned forested land remaining in the scenic Sierra Front. Fourteen large timber stand-replacing fires have burned around 125,000 acres in the past 30 years in this area.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.