Project Update – Making Good Progress and What’s Planned for Fall 2023 and into Winter
Since work began in and around the City earlier this year, crews managed by Lomakatsi have accomplished about 500 acres of thinning, with the slash stacked in piles to dry. This fall through next spring, Lomakatsi will manage burning of these piles as weather conditions allow. Thinning will continue on an additional 440 acres of City and private land in the project area, including within the Jacksonville Woodlands in November—expect intermittent trail closures.
Additionally, a prescribed understory burn—where fire is carefully applied to ground fuels within containment lines—is planned on approximately 40 acres of the Britt Woods. This burn is planned for October, weather permitting, through a contract between the City of Jacksonville and Grayback Forestry, with support from Lomakatsi.
Partners thank the community for their understanding and tolerance of occasional chainsaw noise and smoke, as we work together to reduce the risk of wildfire and restore forest health.