High Tech, Low Tech Help Clear Forest of Flammable Debris

High Tech, Low Tech Help Clear Forest of Flammable Debris

SCE hosts a fire prevention demonstration in Shaver Lake that includes goats munching on brush.

Goats from Star Creek Land Stewards were among the approaches to brush clearing on display at the Hazardous Fuel Reduction Demonstration at Shaver Lake this week.

Robb Erickson of Environmental Restoration Technologies drives a skid steer fitted with a mastication head at the Hazardouse Fuel Reduction Demonstration at Shaver Lake.

David Steger of Takeuchi will be demonstrating an excavator-mounted mastication head that grinds up unwanted hazardous debris.

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There’ll be a whole lot of munching and chewing going on at Shaver Lake, one of the six major reservoirs in Northern Sierra’s Big Creek hydroelectric system.

Visitors might see a herd of goats munching on thick brush, or a contraption called a mastication head chewing through small trees and turning them into mulch in a matter of seconds.

It’s all part of an effort to demonstrate the best technologies to reduce highly flammable, unwanted debris and vegetation that can cause out of control forest fires.

Southern California Edison (SCE) is especially interested in this demo project because the utility has more than 20,000 acres of forestland in the Shaver Lake area, said SCE forestry manager Rich Bagley.

Read full story in Edison's Newsroom Story.

CATEGORY: Environment