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Mon, May 25

Tree projects moving into Village area<br>

APS has already marked trees in Pinion Park and other Grand Canyon Village areas. Red markings indicate trees slated for removal while trees with green markings are designated for pruning.

Though the projects are separate, NPS and APS have been working together to maximize their efforts. Another project on tap for NPS will focus on hazard trees park wide and will begin this fall.

The APS project provides for routine maintenance in the power line corridors along the South Rim to reduce the threat of trees growing into or falling onto power lines. The project will be completed over five years through a phased approach to minimize impacts to residents and park visitors.

Phase I targeted lines from south boundary to Center Road, east from Highway 64 to Desert View, including Yaki Point and west to Hermits Rest and areas near Supai Camp and Orphan Mine. Phase II, which begins sometime this fall, includes the historic district, business district, and NPS/concessioner housing areas. APS crews have already started marking trees for pruning or removal in both Trailer Village and Pinion Park. Cut materials from the APS project will be chipped and spread in a manner to enhance park resources. Materials that cannot be chipped will be used by the NPS for park projects.

The Hazard Tree Removal Project includes developed areas on the South and North rims and Inner Canyon and will be completed by the NPS. Hazard trees are evaluated for insect and disease activity or damage and those that pose potential risks to property or the public or which show clearly discernible defects will be removed or pruned. This project will also be completed in two phases. Phase I will include Inner Canyon locations (Indian Garden, Phantom Ranch, Cottonwood Camp and Roaring Springs) and typically include cottonwood trees that are known to require cyclic maintenance.

Phase II will include South Rim and North Rim developed areas, including the historic district and housing areas. Material from this phase will be removed from the developed area, chipped and used for various park projects. The Hazard Tree Removal Project will follow the APS project in the South Rim developed area and will continue over the next several years.

The Wildland Urban Interface Fuel Reduction Project is reducing fuel accumulations near infrastructure within South Rim developed areas as well as the power line corridor. The project includes removal and pruning operations in what is known as the Wildland Urban Interface – areas where homes and other development are in close proximity to forested areas. Currently, many of the buildings within the park have burnable vegetation directly adjacent to, directly over or touching structures. Pruning or removal of trees will be done to open the canopy and remove dead and downed fuels.

Work has already begun on Phase I which includes areas along the power line corridor from north of Supai Camp to the south of Hermit’s Rest Road leading to Orphan Mine, as well as other areas in the non-historic district and maintenance areas (pump house and water tank facility, sewage treatment plant, Hopi Fire Tower and Yavapai Observation Station).

Phase II, which is expected to begin this fall, will also include housing areas, as well as the historic and business districts. Work will be accomplished by Grand Canyon fire crews as well as the possible use of contract fire crews. Material from this project will be removed from the developed area and chipped for use in park projects or it may be piled and burned when conditions warrant. This project will follow the APS and Hazard Tree Removal projects.

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