The fires of 2008 that swept through the upper forests of Rigdzin Ling drastically changed the ecosystem. Fortunately the fire burned slowly enough that many of the large mature trees were left unharmed. However, in its wake was left a tangle of many dead and downed trees, trees cut down for fire protection, and areas where the brush and thickets of small trees still remain. All of this creates an even greater hazard for the next wildfire since it could fuel a canopy fire that would destroy even the mature trees.
Wild fires are a constant seasonal threat in Trinity County and have encroached on areas of the upper forest many times. To lose the forest in a fully engaged wildfire would not only ruin the beautiful scenery, it would result in loss of wildlife and degradation of the critical McKinney Creek watershed. For all these reasons, we have started clearing, thinning, and cleaning the forest, using the professional services of the Resource Conservation District. This is not something volunteers can do. It requires skill and experience and is quite dangerous. To have a five man crew and a large chipper on site costs $1200 a day. With this kind of resource a lot can get done in a day.
Some areas have already been thinned and cleaned by RCD and the difference is quite remarkable. Not only is the forest beautiful and park like, it is also fire safe.
Rigdzin Ling has funded two days out of its limited maintenance budget and one sponsor has paid for another two days. However, we anticipate that it will take another six days to get the first and most critical phase accomplished.
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Write a check to Chagdud Gonpa Foundation, P.O. Box 279, Junction City, CA. 96048-0279, attn.: Forest Project
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