Wind Damage >> Storm Damage Trees Cleanup

A wind storm that blew through California on November 30 caused widespread damage to several areas of the Inyo National Forest and adjacent public lands. From Mount Whitney to Tioga Pass, thousands of trees were affected by the storm. Even with the monumental work accomplished in 2012, Storm Damage Trees Cleanup more work will be needed in 2013. 

With each winter storm, wind-weakened trees are being blown down on trails, Storm Damage Trees Cleanup which will necessitate additional clearing next year. More durable repair of trails will be needed where trail treads have been damaged. Work to restore campgrounds and other facilities will continue in the spring. 

Inyo National Forest will continue to seek the support of partners and volunteers for funding and work projects in 2013. Send us an email if you would like to comment on cleanup efforts in Reds Meadow Valley, Storm Damage Trees Cleanup use the form at the bottom of the page. 

If you have questions regarding storm damage, cleanup efforts, or the potential hazards that exist throughout the Forest, Storm Damage Trees Cleanup please contact one of the Inyo National Forest visitor centers or ranger stations. The Forest Service will continue to provide updates through press releases, in our Alert box (in the right-hand column of all web pages on the site) and in this area. 

Work Acomplished in 2012 During the summer of 2012, over 175 personnel, including both Forest Service employees and volunteers, Storm Damage Trees Cleanup cleared 290 trail miles of 4700 down trees. 

This monumental effort included both chainsaw and crosscut saw work to clear the Pacific Crest, John Muir and other trails in time for thru-hiker and Storm Damage Trees Cleanup forest visitor use during summer 2012. Trail clearing helped prevent damage from user-created routes around blowdown and helped support the tourist-based economy of Mammoth Lakes. 

Crew labor amounted to over 29,600 person-hours at a value of $617,160. Sixty percent of this work was accomplished through generous contributions from partner organizations and volunteers. The full description of work done by each group includes before and after photos, Storm Damage Trees Cleanup is found in this final report for work acomplished in 2012. 

The Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District is announcing the beginning of the wind-fallen tree removal work in Reds Meadow Valley, Storm Damage Trees Cleanup for hazardous fuels reduction. The tree removal work will take place on approximately 220 acres and will be accomplished under a contract known as the Red Devil Stewardship Sale. 

For safety, visitors to the Reds Meadow Valley are urged to not enter areas where tree removal work is in progress and Storm Damage Trees Cleanup to drive slowly on the Reds Meadow Road because of increased traffic associated with tree removal activities. Visitors should expect short traffic delays as a result of tree removal work. 

To facilitate safety, Storm Damage Trees Cleanup traffic may be intermittently stopped for 15-20 minutes at the Minaret Vista Entrance Station while loaded log trucks travel the single lane portion of Reds Meadow Road. The log truck hauling and traffic delays may be most focused during the early morning hours, 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. 

The time of day when traffic delays occur may change as the contractor progresses with tree removal work. Other traffic controls may also be Storm Damage Trees Cleanup encountered in Reds Meadow Valley. In preparation for tree removal work, the contractor will construct a half mile of temporary roads to access treatment areas. 

The contractor will use heavy equipment to remove trees from treatment areas, including a dozer, heel boom loaders, and Storm Damage Trees Cleanup a helicopter. Trees will be hauled from the Reds Meadow Valley on large log trucks. 

The US Forest Service, National Park Service and several partners have been working worked together to remove fallen trees, hazards and debris and make repairs to infrastructure damaged in the November 30 wind event that toppled tens of thousands of trees in the Reds Meadow Valley and Storm Damage Trees Cleanup surrounding area, and throughout the Inyo National Forest. 

The Reds Meadow Valley Road is scheduled to open on Friday June 29, providing public access to Devils Postpile National Monument, Rainbow Falls, Reds Meadow Resort and recreation sites, trailheads and Storm Damage Trees Cleanup campgrounds in the Reds Meadow Valley. 

The Forest Service, Park Service, Eastern Sierra Transit Authority, Town of Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and many other partners who have contributed to clean-up and repair efforts will hold a ceremony at the top of the Reds Meadow Valley Road to celebrate the safe and Storm Damage Trees Cleanup successful opening of the road and area recreation destinations. 

The public is invited to join the short ceremony that will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Friday June 29. Those attending the ceremony can park at the nearby Mountain View trailhead or Storm Damage Trees Cleanup in the helicopter landing pad adjacent to the Minaret Vista. 

In response to the November 30 wind event and resulting damage in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, Storm Damage Trees Cleanup the U.S. Forest Service is working cooperatively with the Mammoth Lakes Pack Station, Southern California Edison, the Mammoth Community Water District, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

The Town of Mammoth Lakes, and owners of recreation residence cabins to remove downed trees, Storm Damage Trees Cleanup address hazards and restore utility services. Final damage totals continue to be tallied as crews are able to clear and enter hazardous areas. To date, it is calculated that over six hundred trees were downed or affected by the storm, possibly many more. 

All cabin owners and permit holders affected by fallen trees have been notified. Clean-up efforts are now focused on removing downed and Storm Damage Trees Cleanup hazardous trees affecting utilities and in developed recreation areas that are used in the winter and early spring. 

As weather allows, additional cleanup efforts will commence in developed recreation sites used during summer months, such as campgrounds and Storm Damage Trees Cleanup trailheads. The public is advised against visiting the Mammoth Lakes Basin while cleanup efforts are in progress. 

Areas posted closed with caution or warning tape, or with signs, are temporarily closed to the public and are illegal to enter. Throughout the Lakes Basin, there are downed trees, partially downed trees, Storm Damage Trees Cleanup downed power lines, and other hazards that could jeopardize the health and safety of visitors. 

Outside of the groomed trail network that is maintained by Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, Storm Damage Trees Cleanup hazardous trees will be present throughout the winter and early summer. Traveling off the groomed network is not recommended – this includes the newly constructed Lakes Basin Path. 

Visitors traveling off of groomed routes are encouraged to use extreme caution when traveling through the forest. The Forest Service will issue a follow-up press release when primary hazards have been removed and Storm Damage Trees Cleanup clean-up efforts are suspended.

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