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 Author: choshe
PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:45 am 
Work started on Thursday January 25, 2018. This funding for this project is a as a result of approval for a Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Grant is being administered by the Grant Soil and Water District. The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) treatment was selected to reduce fire risk and enable landscape-scale fire restoration on Upper Mimbres planning area of the Gila NF. Southwest Tree Solutions began thinning 40 acres adjacent to private property. Due to wildlife concerns, the operations in this unit will cease on April 1.

The work will continue in this area at various times throughout the year. A part of the operation includes chipping small trees and limbs. The chips from this project are being transported to the junction of the Celebration Site Road and State Highway 35 and are free to the public for personal use under the following conditions:

· Chips must be collected during daylight hours on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays

· A tarp must be used when transporting on state and county roads

· You must be able to load and transport your own chips. Neither the Forest Service nor the contractor will load chips into vehicles

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila

Marta Call

 Author: AlgaePower
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:02 am 
I've heard that the wood chips are all gone or nearly gone? Can anyone confirm? We got one pick-up truck full about 6 weeks ago and there was lots to go around then. If it is true that they are already all taken, I'd say the project was a great success because the community came out and scooped up many truck-loads of mulch in a short period of time. Are there any future projects already planned that will provide free wood mulch? How can we help promote more projects like this? Can anyone report on when more chips will be available?



 Author: factoted
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:15 pm 
I was there about a week ago and the pile was pretty much gone - probably not worth the trip now.

 Author: AlgaePower
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:11 pm 
I was by there on Sunday. There is only a very shallow layer of mulch left on the surface.

This is response about future of the program from the Forest Service:

Thank you for contacting the Gila National Forest.

The project at Gatton’s Park produced the wood chips. The project is now shut-down so that people can collect fuel wood in the unit and will not begin until October 2018. At that point if there are wood chips we will re-advertise it through a news release and social media.

Marta Call
Public Affairs Officer
Forest Service
Gila National Forest

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Silver City, NM 88061

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