Southwest Williamson County Regional Park Conducts Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
9/9/2016 12:53 PM
September 8, 2016 (Williamson County, TX) – Portions of the Jim Rodgers Trail in the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, 3005 C.R. 175, will be closed weekdays from now through February due to a Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project. The project is designed to reduce wildfire hazards along the boundaries of the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park that are adjacent to residential development. Portions of the trail will be temporarily closed while the work is being conducted for visitor safety.
The work would reduce the quantity of hazardous vegetation fuel along the park perimeter to limit the movement of wildfire across the park boundary. The project area will be approximately 50 feet in width and four miles in length. Work will occur between September 1, 2016, and February 28, 2017, and only will occur Mondays through Fridays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The fuels reduction activities will include trimming or cutting highly flammable, dead, and diseased vegetation within the project area. Limbs of large trees (“ladder fuels”) will be removed up to ten feet from ground level to reduce the chance of ground fires “climbing” up the tree into the tops (“canopy”) of the trees. Canopy fires are much more difficult to extinguish than ground fires.
The height of trimming and limb removal would depend upon size, location, growth potential, and health of the tree. The work may include select removal of some trees larger than eight inches in diameter only when necessary or to achieve the desired canopy cover. Trees will be cut to within three inches of the ground, and stumps will remain in the ground. Cut vegetation and debris either will be mulched on-site or removed from the park. Equipment used will include a variety of rubber tired, mechanized, and hand equipment to minimize ground disturbance.
Project updates can be obtained by visiting: http://parks.wilco.org/