Winter Mastication Projects on Prescott National Forest

Published on January 10, 2024


Prescott, AZ, January 9, 2024- Beginning this week, contractors will be using heavy equipment to thin approximately 1.153 acres on the 169 South Mastication project (Verde Ranger District) and the Ranch Mastication project (Bradshaw Ranger District).  Work is expected to be completed on or before August 31, 2024.

No area or road closures are expected; however, we ask the public to avoid the project areas when equipment is operating. Approaching such equipment is very dangerous as the operator may not see you. 

Mechanical thinning has proven to be an effective restoration and management tool. Completion of this project will improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems; restore watersheds, rangelands, and wildlife habitat; and reduce hazardous fuels that pose a threat to life and property in the wildland-urban interface.

Bradshaw Ranger District:

•           Ranch Mastication

             -734 acres

             -Southeast of Prescott on both sides of Walker Rd south of the forest boundary

Verde Ranger District:

•           169 South Mastication-Black Hills Vegetation Management Project

             -419 acres

             8 miles east of the highway 169 and highway 69 junction, directly south and adjacent to highway 169         near cherry creek road.

For more information, please contact the Bradshaw Ranger District at 928-443-8000 or Verde Ranger District at 928-567-4121.

Stay up to date on Prescott National Forest news by checking the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.   

Winter-Mastication-Projects-on-PNF.pdf(PDF, 172KB)