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Kaibab National Forest moves forward with plan to protect structures on North Kaibab Ranger District
Project calls for prescribed burning and mechanical thinning treatments on about 5,000 acres surrounding 33 structures at 24 different sites across the Kaibab Plateau

FREDONIA, Ariz. - The Kaibab National Forest issued a decision to move forward with the Plateau Facility Fire Protection Project (PFFPP), a plan to treat the forested areas immediately surrounding structures on the North Kaibab Ranger District.

A 45-day appeal period began Oct. 1, following publication of a legal notice announcing the Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact. The forest will implement the plan later this year.

The project calls for prescribed burning and mechanical thinning treatments on about 5,000 acres surrounding 33 structures at 24 different sites across the Kaibab Plateau. The goal is to minimize the risk of uncontrolled fire at developed sites by reducing stand density, fuel loading, and ladder fuels in the adjacent forest.

The project developed from recommendations that came out of a 2007 hazardous fuels reduction collaborative meeting that involved forest staff, public stakeholders, and interest groups. The decision is the culmination of about three years of analysis and planning.

To learn more about this project, visit the Kaibab National Forest web site at www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=26210. For more information, contact Public Affairs Specialist Patrick Lair at (928) 643-8172.

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