Arnold, CA…Big Trees Town Hall This Thursday, March 16, 6-8, Virtual or In-person! Get updates on forest management plans and find out when the Park plans its 1300-acre prescribed burn in the South Grove of giant sequoias. California State Parks invites the public to attend a town hall meeting to hear about current and future fuels reduction work at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Staff will be providing updates on prescribed burn operations, forest management plans, and the importance of protecting giant sequoias. There will also be an opportunity for the public to ask questions, in person or virtually.
In-person: Calaveras Big Trees State Parks, Educational Resources Room 1170 East Highway 4, Arnold, CA 95223
Please contact Heather Reith, Natural Resources Program Manager, at (209) 768-5217 for additional information and Amber Sprock at (209) 795-7980 for any assistance and special accommodations for this meeting.
Fuels reduction work is an important, proactive resource to protect giant sequoias, and Calaveras Big Trees State Park, from the catastrophic destruction of wildfires.
Prescribed burns reduce the fuel load, can help slow or stop wildfires in treated areas, and mimic a more natural, low-intensity fire which is necessary for new sequoia growth.
Forest thinning and prescribed fires help restore and maintain an ecologically healthy forest system. Additional benefits from the State Park’s prescribed fire program include vegetation management, wildlife habitat improvement, and enhancement of the health of the forest by removing diseased materials, restoring essential nutrients to the soil, and allowing sunlight to reach the forest floor.