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Thinning Operations Starting Now Mid-October

Thinning Operations Starting on the Chino Valley and Bradshaw Ranger District 

Beginning mid-October 2022 and continuing for approximately 3 months, a contractor working on the Chino Valley Ranger District will be using heavy equipment to thin approximately 500 acres of the Sinks Mastication project. This project is being implemented under the Chino Landscape Restoration Project. The project area is located on national forest lands northwest of Chino Valley in the Williamson Valley area.  

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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. Also continuing is the Wilhoit Mastication project. A contractor has been working on the Bradshaw Ranger District for several months now using heavy equipment to thin approximately 6,400 acres of the Wilhoit Mastication project. This project is being implemented under the Hassayampa Landscape  

Restoration Project. The project area is located on national forest lands north and east of Wilhoit, Arizona, south of Copper Basin.  

Unlike Sinks Mastication, Wilhoit is focused primarily on hazardous fuels mitigation. Mechanical thinning treatments have proven to be an effective management tool by rearranging/reducing ladder and canopy fuels to the surface to reduce the risk of crown fire, and to increase defensible space. 

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. 

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