The proposed action would be to mow a minimum 30 foot, maximum 60 foot fuel break (width depends on fire hazard) on the western edge of the 40 acres of BLM directly adjacent to the a subdivision. A trailhead with kiosk occurs within this proposed strip and would also be mowed to reduce the fire hazard. This portion of the fuelbreak would tie in with fuelbreak work occurring on adjacent Ada County lands. Mowing would be accomplished with both a bobcat/mower attachment and hand held weed eaters. In most years, the mowing would occur once a year in late spring or early summer prior to fire season. A second mowing may be required if cheatgrass or other weedy annuals get late spring or early summer precipitation and grow to the point where they are a hazard again. The majority of the vegetation in this area is cheatgrass and medusahead with isolated sagebrush plants. In those very limited areas where sagebrush density exceeds 1 plant per 3/m2, the fuelbreak would be thinned to this brush density standard to maintain a safe fire suppression area.
The proposed fuelbreak would be part of a hazardous fuels reduction/restoration demonstration project known as the Healthy Hills Initiative. Several partners including BLM, Ada County, the Eagle Fire Department, NRCS, IDFG, USFWS are working cooperatively in this area.