TYPE TWO TREATMENT
POST HARVEST FUEL MANAGEMENT
This treatment method is used in areas that have been previously harvested to reduce fuel loads and initiate climate change adaptation using a merchantable understory removal / overstory retention approach.
The harvest pass creates an open forest of established large trees of fire resistant species, per the SIFCo WUI stocking standards.
The Type 2 post harvest treatment completes the creation of a fuel managed area by removing sub-merchantable understory stems, ladder fuels, and fine fuels.
Our Type 2 treatment uses an excavator to pile concentrations of fine and medium fuels for disposal.
Following the machine piling phase, the hand treatment crew go through the unit to address remaining fuel loads.
TYPE 2 TREE REMOVAL
Within this type of WUI treatment Overstory stems larger than 17.5cm in diameter are retained.
All Understory conifers smaller than 17.5cm in diameter are thinned to create a density of 4m inter-tree spacing.
For the purpose of structural diversity and habitat values, small clumps of conifer regeneration under 17.5cm in diameter are retained.
Areas where no overstory harvest took place and areas which provide a visual screen from roads or trails are the first priority for ‘clump location.’
We ensure these ‘clumps’ do not create a fire pathway within the treated unit. We do this by considering terrain, wind patterns and adjacent vegetation and fuel types.