Saturday, 24 July 2021

Mendocino National Forest seeks input on campground area restoration

The charred remains of a wooden bridge lies smoldering in the Hammerhorn Campground in Northern California after the 2020 August Complex wildfire. Photo courtesy of the Mendocino National Forest.

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. – Mendocino National Forest staff are seeking input on a proposal to reforest and improve safety around a campground heavily impacted by the 2020 August Complex wildfire.

The Hammerhorn Campground Restoration and Salvage Project would entail removing dead and dying trees around the campground and vicinity roads, as well as preparing and replanting sites not likely to regenerate to previously forested conditions because of high tree mortality.

Mendocino officials issued a letter Friday requesting feedback on the proposed project.

Comments citing specific concerns that are submitted during the comment period allow the commenter legal standing to object to the final decision whether to proceed with the project.

Comments are due by Monday, May 10.

The Hammerhorn Campground is located about 17 miles northwest of Covelo and is adjacent to the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness.

The campground and surrounding area experienced high severity wildfire during the August Complex, resulting in 75 percent or greater tree mortality and vegetation loss.

Dead and fire-damaged trees on up to 250 acres of the campground would be made available for sale through a stewardship agreement, allowing proceeds to be directed back to the area’s rehabilitation.

No actions are proposed within the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness.

While trees presenting hazards to campers and motorists will be the primary focus, patches of high tree mortality within the 250-acre project area could also be logged to make room for future replanting.

A percentage of trees, including those dead, suitable for forest propagation or wildlife habitat will be retained.

A more detailed project description and maps can be found online at https://go.usa.gov/xH2cK.

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