June 13, 2022 - Crews are currently working away from trail. No trails will be closed due to this project this week.... View more
About the Project
In October 2021, we began treating 218 acres of overdense forest in Huddart Park in order to improve forest health and reduce fire danger to the community.
Crews are working to selectively thin dense stands of trees. Beneath the forest canopy, trees 8 inches or fewer in diameter will be removed, while in the open the same sized trees will be selectively thinned to a distance of 15 to 20 feet apart. Standing dead trees 12 inches or fewer in diameter will be removed. Crews will leave significant stands of huckleberry, toyon, and hazelnut, which provide important habitat for native species.
This work will be concentrated along park boundaries, fire roads and residential roads. View a map of the treatment areas
Work areas will be monitored to ensure that sensitive plant and animal species are protected. Best management practices will be employed to prevent erosion.
Work of this kind not only protects nearby communities from fast-spreading wildfire by reducing fire fuel, but is key to maintaining a healthy forest as it promotes habitat diversity and forest resiliency against disease. Learn more about what a healthy forest looks like
October 2021–July 2023
Work in the park will occur off roads and trails. However, some trail closures will be required for public safety. View project update for more info
The work will be performed seasonally, as weather allows. No work will occur on weekends or holidays.
This project is a collaboration of San Mateo County Parks, San Mateo RCD and CAL FIRE, which aims to improve forest health in 402 acres in Wunderlich and Huddart parks, both located in the wildland-urban interface near the Town of Woodside.
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Previous Forest Health Work in Huddart Park
In October 2019, San Mateo County Parks and CAL FIRE completed a 7-week effort to create 70 acres of shaded fuel breaks along Kings Mountain Road and within Huddart Park. These fuel breaks continue to be monitored and maintained by San Mateo County Parks.
Example of Forest Health work done in the Kings Mountain Road Fuel Break:
August 2019 - Before fuel reduction.
September 2019 - After fuel reduction.