2023 Defensible Space Work
Park City Municipal has contracted Alpine Forestry to conduct defensible space work in your neighborhood. Details are as follows:
Schedule: July, 2023 (includes some Saturdays)
Locations: All priority and general areas (noted on page 2 of informational handout)
• Reduce vegetation in areas within 100' of structures to help reduce risk of wildfires.
• Create 'Defensible Space' around homes to protect homes in the event of a wildfire.
• Perform forest health improvements and hazardous fuel reduction work in open space.
Fall 2023 Pile Burning at Treasure Hill Open Space
Alpine Forestry is contracted with Park City Municipal Corporation to perform a pile burning operation in the Treasure Hill Open Space. It is expected that approximately 1100 piles will be burnt during the Fall burning window, all operations are weather permitting.
Treasure Hill Forest Health/Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Defensible Space Program
The primary objective of this project is is designed to improve forest health on the Treasure Hill Open Space and mitigate hazardous fuels by selective thinning, removing ladder fuels and brush, and stimulating target species growth, i.e., quaking aspen (populous tremuloides). Park City Municipal contracted with Alpine Forestry to assess, plan and implement these objectives on the Treasure Hill Open Space. During 2021-22 Alpine Forestry prepared a treatment/management plan for immediate action in Spring of 2022, in concert with the property’s recreational open space values, current uses, and existing agreements, easements and leases. For details:
Community Wildfire Risk Assessment
The Community Wildfire Preparedness Plan (CWPP), adopted in 2021, provides baseline information, associated with Park City’s wildfire ‘Preparedness, Planning and Mitigation’ efforts. Wildfire Risk Assessment and Mitigation action items contemplate a comprehensive analysis of the Park City Community, which identifies high risk areas and the resources which are at risk if a wildfire occurs.
The ‘Community Wildfire Risk Assessment’ provides the ‘Plan’ in which the following goals may be achieved:
- Resource Identification: Significant data collection, ground proofing and mapping of environmental, economic and social resources.
- Prioritize Mitigation Efforts: Fire behavior analysis and identification of the highest risk areas for fuels reduction projects. These areas will be prioritized, in an effort to plan mitigation and funding accordingly. Further, the plan will allow a baseline in which ordinances may incentivize property owners to address high risk areas in a proactive timeframe.
- Federal and State Grant Support: The Plan will be conducted within the framework of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (NCWFMS), which is applicable for future State or Federal grant applications.
- Community Engagement and Information: The Plan provides information and best practices for homeowners associations and residents.
Staff anticipates adopting the Plan in spring of 2023.