Blackjack Mastication Project Starts on Bradshaw Ranger District Featured

No area or road closures are expected

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  • The mastication project will take place for 3 months
  • This is being implemented as part of the Bradsnaw Vegetation Management Project
  • Mechanical thinning treatments are an effective restoration and management tool
  • The health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems improves the health and resilience of the ecosystem
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Tree thinning helps the ecosystems and restores watersheds, rangelands and wildlife habitat

PRESCOTT, AZ – March 30, 2023— Beginning March 30, 2023, and continuing for approximately 3 months, a contractor working on the Bradshaw Ranger District will be using heavy equipment to thin approximately 200 acres of the Blackjack Mastication Project. This project is being implemented under the Bradshaw Vegetation Management Project located on national forest lands northwest of Prescott in the Iron Springs Road and Skyline Drive area. 

Although no area or road closures are expected, we do ask the public to avoid the project area if equipment is operating. Please do not enter areas where the heavy equipment is operating; approaching such equipment is very dangerous as the operator may not see you. 

Mechanical thinning treatments has proven to be an effective restoration and management tool. Completion of this project will improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while simultaneously restoring watersheds, rangelands, and wildlife habitat. 

Completion of this project will improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while simultaneously reducing hazardous fuels that pose a threat to life and property in the Wildland-Urban Interface. 

For more information, please contact the Bradshaw & Chino Valley Ranger Districts at 928-443-8000. 

Stay up to date on Prescott National Forest news by checking the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Lynne LaMaster

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