Contractors are making good progress on the Schoolhouse Stewardship Project, according to a news release from the Prescott National Forest. For approximately the next two to three weeks, the Groom Creek Loop Trail #307 and the trailhead will be closed.
PNF advises to not enter areas where the heavy equipment is operating. Approaching such equipment is very dangerous as the operator may not see you. In addition, there will be increased truck traffic along Senator Highway. Measures will be taken to protect the surface of the trail and impacts will be remedied by the contractor and the Forest Service as needed.
Thinning operations are dependent on weather and soil conditions, but visitors can expect equipment to be in the area for the next two to four months, the release states. Until mechanical operations are concluded, estimated to be in early March, forest managers recommend that visitors take advantage of recreational opportunities in the Granite Basin Recreation Area, the Thumb Butte Day Use Area, or the Spence Basin trail system.
The intent of the project is to improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while simultaneously reducing hazardous fuels that pose a threat to life and property in the Wildland-Urban Interface.
Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following: Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott; Twitter: @PrescottNF; Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrescottNF; and Bradshaw Ranger District, 928-443-8000.