Fire hazard reduction crews with the California Conservation Corps’ Tahoe Center received a visit from the organization’s top official Tuesday.
CCC State Director David Muraki visited with corps members performing fuel reduction work on Tahoe Conservancy parcels in Meyers. It was one of many stops on a statewide tour to get a first-hand look at CCC operations in the area.
Muraki said the CCC in Tahoe went through a “total makeover” recently, with the local center being completely remodeled and the addition of new center director John Martinez.
“Things are looking great,” he said at the work site “and I’m really happy with what I’ve seen.”
The project Muraki came to observe consisted of removing hazardous trees and brush from the area with chainsaws, chippers and other equipment.
Milan Yeates, of the Tahoe Conservancy, said the annual work was able to start earlier this year because of the drier-than-normal weather.
“This stuff was scheduled for later in the summer,” he said, “but the silver lining here is we were able to get crews out here doing fuel reduction early.”
The drier weather also has led to the addition of a “drought relief” crew, said crew supervisor Zachary McHenry. Corp members with this unit will perform similar tasks to those of the fire hazard reduction crews, including the removal of unhealthy trees.
“We’re managing lots, keeping them clean and keeping them healthy,” McHenry said.