2022 Pocatello East Bench Wildfire Fuels Mitigation Project

Pocatello East Bench

Open House Q & A

Date:  Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Time:  4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location:  Fire Station #3 at 1100 Pocatello Creek Rd (location changed due to weather)

If you have questions or want more information regarding the Pocatello East Bench Wildfire Mitigation Project, please stop by.  The open house is free and open to the public.

Project Overview

The City of Pocatello plans to conduct wildfire fuels mitigation on approximately 69 acres of city-owned gullies located east of Satterfield Drive. The gullies are located off of Summit, Granite, Ridgewood, Shadowpines, and Satterfield Drive.

Primary Objective

Reduce the dense ladder fuels on city property in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas of the East Bench. This project includes removal of juniper trees and other vegetation through mastication, lop and scatter and piles. Trees will be thinned to a density of 20 trees per acre. To see what this looks like, the "leave" trees are being flagged between Summit and Satterfield Drive. This work will help to reduce the potential of a significant wildfire.

Implementation

The project is set to start around November 1, 2022 and is anticipated to be completed by no later than March 1, 2023. The Pocatello Fire Department will burn the remaining slash piles when the weather conditions are favorable, most likely Winter 2023/Spring 2024.

Landowners adjacent o the project areas can expect to see and hear crews working, using tools such as chainsaws, masticators, and chippers during the work week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a job foreman on site while work is being conducted.

Contact

For more information, please contact the Fuels Project Manager.

Les Stahle
Fuels Project Manager
High County RC&D
208-242-9571

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