Starting Tuesday, Aug. 28, the Forest Service will be thinning small trees and hand piling limbs and other material as part of the Boise Ridge Timber Stand Improvement Project, a release from the Mountain Home Ranger District said. The 405-acre project area lies immediately southwest of the Bogus Basin Ski Area. The project was originally slated for last fall, but was postponed due to weather.
The project is designed to allow larger trees to grow and improve resistance and resilience from wildfire. Hand piles will be burned by fire crews in late 2013 or early 2014.
East Side Trail will be used by the contractors and Forest Service vehicles to access the project area. Thinning and piling will occur at least 30 feet away from the trail between Bogus and Shafer Creeks. The trail will be open to all users during the project and caution signs will be posted. Recreationists including mountain bikers, hikers and equestrian may encounter vehicles and hear or see crews using chainsaws and other equipment.