About the HFQLG Pilot Project

The Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Pilot Project is being implemented over approximately 1.5 million acres across the Lassen and Plumas National Forest and the Sierraville District of the Tahoe National Forest. The Project is designed to test and demonstrate the effectiveness of fuels and vegetation management activities to meet ecologic, economic and fuel reduction objectives.

HFQLG Fact Sheet

Reasons for the Pilot Project

  • Reduce Fire Hazard

  • Improve Forest Health

    • Using individual tree selection and group selection cutting methods

    • Implementing watershed and riparian restoration projects

  • Provide Economic Stability

    • Receipts to counties

    • Jobs in the woods

    • Timber to the mill

Pilot Project Acres

  • Total Acres Lassen, Plumas and Tahoe: 2.4 million
  • Total Acres Pilot Project Area: 1.5 million
  • Total Acres available for treatment: 0.6 million
  • Maximum treatment acres allowed: 0.35 million

Conditions that Contribute to Poor Forest Health

Conditions that Contribute to Large, Catastrophic Wildfires

  • Heavy fuel accumulations
  • Continuous fuel beds
  • High presence of "ladder fuels"
  • High proportion of dead fuels
  • Landscape-level fuel patterns that contribute to the final size and severity of a fire

Descriptions of Pilot Project Annual Activities

  • 40,000 to 60,000 acre Defensible fuel profile zones per year (Strategic fire hazard reduction) are approximately ¼ to ½ mile wide areas where fuel loadings are reduced. They usually are constructed along roads so as to break up fuel continuity across the landscape and provide a defensible zone for suppression forces. The edges of defensible fuel profile zones blend into adjacent forested areas.
  • 8,700 acres of small group selection per year (forest health and community stability). Small openings, up to two acres, are created in the forest environment adding to the overall stand diversity.
  • Riparian restoration projects that protect streamside and aquatic ecosystems
  • Monitoring project implementation and effectiveness