Forest thinning planned by SMUD

By From page B1 | July 08, 2013

A forest thinning project on Iowa Hill is being planned by SMUD (Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District) for later this year.

Scott Flake, who is manager of power generation with SMUD, said the agency would file for a permit this week to undertake the project which is on 80 acres owned by the utility on Iowa Hill above Slap Creek Reservoir.

He said once filed, residents would have a 60-day period to comment on the application for the thinning. Letters to affected property owners will be going out soon.

“A lot of property up there is overgrown,” he said, noting that the project will reduce the fire danger and improve forest health.

The impact of the operation is expected to be limited to the sound of machinery and increased traffic on Cable and Badger Hill roads. Sale of the removed wood is expected to pay for the operation.

Flake said they plan to start in late September or October and will complete the project in five to six weeks.

Dawn Hodson

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