Proposed Wiley Project intended to reduce fire dangers in the Lassen National Forest

The Fall River Resource Conservation District (RCD) recently announced a newly proposed project aimed at reducing fire dangers in the Lassen National Forest in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties.

The area of the Wiley Project has a history of large and devastating fires, including Pondosa, Scarface, Day, and Hors 4 Corners.

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“The Wiley project treatments would be designed to improve wildfire, drought and disease resilience through thinning the stands using a variable density prescription, (and) thinning of the plantations to reduce ladder fuels and density,” RCD officials said today of their newly announced project.

RCD added that prescribed burning of the stands are intended to reduce surface fuels, improve wildlife habitat through reduction of competing species, and will improve hydrologic function in the project area “by reducing conifer encroachment into the meadows and vernal pools, and protect archaeological sites.”

The project is will also improve the transportation system for implementation and the Timbered Crater, a geologic site, would also be improved for recreation, RCD explained.

The Timbered Crater area is the only northeastern California habitat for the Baker cypress tree. Michael Kauffman photo

“The Timbered Crater Wilderness Study Area is an outstanding showcase for the geology of extinct volcanic craters,” according to Wikimapia.

“The alternating depressions and buttes are dominated by a 500-foot butte at the rim of the crater. The crater provides the only northeastern California habitat for the Baker cypress tree,” Wikimapia continued.

“Because Timbered Crater lies at the junction of the Great Basin and Cascade Mountains ecosystems, there is a unique blend of desert and mountain plant communities,” Wikimapia explained; adding, “Vegetation ranges from pine, western juniper and Oregon white oak to desert plants such as big sagebrush, needle grass, and blue grass.”

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​The Wiley Project was made possible through a partnership with the USFS and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Proposition 1 funding.

Prop 1 funds multi-benefit ecosystem restoration and protection projects “with focuses on planning, implementation, acquisition, and scientific study projects,” said RCD.

​The RCD is seeking public comment on this proposed project and those interested can email RCD with their thoughts and concerns.



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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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