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Four Peaks - AZT #20Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Fire Rehab, AZT Four Peaks

The small fire on Four Peaks last summer didn’t get much press, but it left its mark on the Shake Spring area. While it could have been so much worse, the burned areas are feeling the pain from post-fire erosion. Today the FS took the first steps to mitigate that damage.

Hay and “waddles” (the long tubes of straw you see along the highway) were hauled up the mountain, then transferred to horses for the ~3 mile trek to the burn areas. http://youtu.be/N6HeU5OylfQ Wednesday a 10-person youth crew will assemble and hike in to spend 8 days camped at Shake Spring. They will spread the hay uphill from the trail, and then build rock walls on the downhill side of the trail, and complete other stabilization work to attempt to hold the trail in place. It will be 2-3 years before vegetation comes back sufficient to hold the soil in place, then if resources are available the trail will be finished. There is little point in rebuilding a trail if the hillside above it is going to come down in the next gully washer.

The hay and horses came up the mountain in trailers; I’m glad I didn’t have to drive for that trip. Going down the mountain the horses had to be unloaded and walked down the steepest parts because the truck didn’t have sufficient braking capabilities to hold on that crumbly road surface.
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