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Range Fire Rehabilitation Project
Project Status: Current
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Need for Project
The Range Fire burned approximately 3,450 acres of DWR and USFS owned land. The fire occurred on steep sloped hills above homes and infrastructure that are at risk of erosion and flooding post fire. The Timpanogos WMA was almost completely burned which provides crucial winter range for big game species. We need to reseed with native plants to try and outcomplete non-native species like cheatgrass from dominating the property.
Provide evidence about the nature of the problem and the need to address it. Identify the significance of the problem using a variety of data sources. For example, if a habitat restoration project is being proposed to benefit greater sage-grouse, describe the existing plant community characteristics that limit habitat value for greater sage-grouse and identify the changes needed for habitat improvement.
1. Reduce post fire erosion. 2. Reduce risk of flooding of homes and infrastructure. 3. Protect watershed and water infrastructure for Lehi City. 4. Prevent cheatgrass and other weeds from establishing. 5. Reduce future fire risk.
Provide an overall goal for the project and then provide clear, specific and measurable objectives (outcomes) to be accomplished by the proposed actions. If possible, tie to one or more of the public benefits UWRI is providing.
Ecological Threshold - Threats and Risks
By not doing this project we risk allowing cheatgrass and other invasive species from establishing. This will cost more in the future to remove with chemicals.
Describe the potential risk of the project area crossing an ecological threshold to a point where future restoration would be more difficult, cost prohibitive or even impossible. An ecological threshold can be defined as "boundaries in time and space between two states that are not reversible on a practical time scale without management intervention" (Friedel 1991).
Relation to Management Plans
This project addresses the following Plans: B. Statewide Mule Deer Management Plan C. Deer Herd Unit 17A Management Plan D. Statewide Elk Management Plan E. Statewide Turkey Management Plan Specifically, the plans address the listed goals and objectives: C. Statewide Mule Deer Management Plan Habitat Objective 1: Maintain mule deer habitat throughout the state by protecting and enhancing existing crucial habitats and mitigating for losses due to natural and human impacts Habitat Objective 2: Improve the quality and quantity of vegetation for mule deer on a minimum of 500,000 acres of crucial range by 2019. D. Deer Herd Unit 17A Management Plan Maintain mule deer habitat throughout the unit by protecting and enhancing existing crucial habitats and mitigating for losses due to natural and human impacts. 3. Seek cooperative projects to improve the quality and quantity of deer habitat. 4. Cooperate with federal land management agencies and private landowners in carrying out habitat improvement projects. Protect deer winter ranges from wildfire by reseeding burned areas,creating fuel breaks and vegetated green strips and reseed areas dominated by cheatgrass with desirable perennial vegetation. E. Statewide Elk Management Plan 1. Increase forage production by annually treating a minimum of 40,000 acres of elk habitat. 2. Maintain sufficient habitat to support elk herds at population objectives and reduce competition for forage between elk and livestock.
List management plans where this project will address an objective or strategy in the plan. Describe how the project area overlaps the objective or strategy in the plan and the relevance of the project to the successful implementation of those plans. It is best to provide this information in a list format with the description immediately following the plan objective or strategy.
Seeding will reduce annual grasses and fire fuels for future fires.
If applicable, detail how the proposed project will significantly reduce the risk of fuel loading and/or continuity of hazardous fuels including the use of fire-wise species in re-seeding operations. Describe the value of any features being protected by reducing the risk of fire. Values may include; communities at risk, permanent infrastructure, municipal watersheds, campgrounds, critical wildlife habitat, etc. Include the size of the area where fuels are being reduced and the distance from the feature(s) at risk.
This project will improve water quality in the watershed by reducing erosion
Describe how the project has the potential to improve water quality and/or increase water quantity, both over the short and long term. Address run-off, erosion, soil infiltration, and flooding, if applicable.
No ground disturbance is planned with State equipment.
Description of efforts, both completed and planned, to bring the proposed action into compliance with any and all cultural resource, NEPA, ESA, etc. requirements. If compliance is not required enter "not applicable" and explain why not it is not required.
We will aerially broadcast triticale or similar type annual grass this September 2020 in hopes of getting it to grow this Fall and be established by next Spring to help keep soil stable and reduce flooding and erosion. We will then do a secondary flight in late October or November with a combination of grass, forb, and shrub seeds to help have a longer term restoration of desirable plants. No ground disturbance will occur because of steepness of slopes.
Describe the actions, activities, tasks to be implemented as part of the proposed project; how these activities will be carried out, equipment to be used, when, and by whom.
A photo point could be established to monitor the success of the seeding.
Describe plans to monitor for project success and achievement of stated objectives. Include details on type of monitoring (vegetation, wildlife, etc.), schedule, assignments and how the results of these monitoring efforts will be reported and/or uploaded to this project page. If needed, upload detailed plans in the "attachments" section.
Forestry Fire and State Lands, NRCS, Orem City, USFS.
List any and all partners (agencies, organizations, NGO's, private landowners) that support the proposal and/or have been contacted and included in the planning and design of the proposed project. Describe efforts to gather input and include these agencies, landowners, permitees, sportsman groups, researchers, etc. that may be interested/affected by the proposed project. Partners do not have to provide funding or in-kind services to a project to be listed.
The land is mostly Timpanogos WMA and is designated for wildlife. No livestock grazing will take place.
Detail future methods or techniques (including administrative actions) that will be implemented to help in accomplishing the stated objectives and to insure the long term success/stability of the proposed project. This may include: post-treatment grazing rest and/or management plans/changes, wildlife herd/species management plan changes, ranch plans, conservation easements or other permanent protection plans, resource management plans, forest plans, etc.
Sustainable Uses of Natural Resources
No livestock grazing occurs currently in this area. But there will be benefits to wildlife with improved understory vegetation.
Potential for the proposed action to improve quality or quantity of sustainable uses such as grazing, timber harvest, biomass utilization, recreation, etc. Grazing improvements may include actions to improve forage availability and/or distribution of livestock.
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