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1 ANGORA FIRE RESTORATION PROJECT U.S. Forest Service LAKE TAHOE BASIN MANAGEMENT UNIT Duncan Leao Vegetation Management Planner Richard Vacirca Forest Aquatics Biologist

2 3 PHASES OF FIRE REHAB Phase I Rehab: Immediate post-fire actions Termed mop-up Hand/dozer lines, roads, safety zones, portions of urban lots Phase II Rehab: Burned Area Emergency Rehab (BAER) Erosion control measures Fall/Winter storm events Noxious weed detection surveys Phase III Rehab: Public safety & Long-term restoration Angora Hazard Tree Removal Project (urban lots/roads/trails) Angora Fire Restoration Project

3 WHY HERE? WHY NOW? CONSIDERATIONS: Pre-fire + post-fire conditions influence whether or not we are currently at or will eventually meet desired conditions WITHOUT active management. Impacts prior to the fire - Roads/trails in SEZs; ; Stream straightening; Fire suppression affecting fuel loading Impacts post-fire - Loss of vegetation/ground cover to conserve soils - Further effects to resources from future fire and/or floods + Increase in water availability + Increase in riparian vegetation

4 DESIRED CONDITIONS - EXAMPLES POST-FIRE (> 20 YEARS) Fire, Fuels, Vegetation and Forest Management Stand conditions in the defense zone are fairly open dominated by large, fire tolerant trees with an overall average fuel loading of < 15 tons/acre. Wildlife Habitat Maintain sufficient levels of snags and down logs to provide some characteristics of diverse forest habitat. Watershed and Aquatic The connections of floodplains, channels, and water tables distribute flood flows and sustain diverse habitats. Roads and Trails The transportation system will provide non-motorized public access to the National Forest. Roads and trails retained in the system will be improved to meet Forest Service standards necessary for water quality protection.

5 PROPOSED ACTIONS VEGETATION/FUELS

6 PROPOSED ACTIONS ASPEN

7 PROPOSED ACTIONS WATERSHED/AQUATICS

8 PROPOSED ACTIONS ROADS/TRAILS

9 SUMMARY OF PROPOSED ACTIONS FUELS/FOREST HEALTH Ground based removal = up to 951 acres Aerial removal = up to 447 acres Reforestation = up to 1,100 acres WILDLIFE HABITAT Wildlife Habitat Management Zones project design Aspen (conifer removal) 1 stand/< 5 acres Aspen (planting) 11 plots/1/4 acre WATERSHED AND AQUATIC Channel reconstruction (Angora Creek) - ~1200 feet (0.23 miles) Large wood placement (Angora Creek + Tribs) - ~ 2 miles Gardner Mountain Meadow 13 acres/~1500 feet (est.) Wetland complex (Seneca Pond) 5-10 acres (est.)

10 SUMMARY OF PROPOSED ACTIONS CONT. ROADS AND TRAILS System roads upgrades = BMPs,, move out of SEZs, decommission, etc. Non-system roads upgrades = decommission, reconstruct + adopt Trails new construction, reroute + BMPs on existing, decommission, way-finding signage NOXIOUS WEEDS Manuel treatment methods (bull thistle) acres (est.)

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