Cooling Down Potential Fires:
Lightning storms started many fires in 2011 which traveled up-slope and jumped existing fire breaks. With luck and hard work the fire was contained.
There is a need to keep fire from jumping firebreak roads because of the high potential for igniting large areas of dense, dry, or dead cedars.
A plan was outlined for Natural Texas to follow:
While work was in progress, fire suppression personnel changed the prescription to match fuel loads and terrain. Both sides of road/fire break had highly flammable cedars removed. Less flammable hardwoods were left. On the downwind (summer) side of road 20' to 50’ were cleared of cedars.
On the windward side of road (where fire is coming from) cedars were removed up to 100 feet from road. Other areas had hot spots of mostly dead cedars mulched. Large single trunk (living) trees were left to provide wildlife needs.
We selectively removed highly flammable cedars while leaving less flammable hardwood cools down wildfire. This cooling action contributes to fire fighters ability to fight wildfire and in this case prevent fire from jumping over firebreak into unprotected areas.
Forest and Land Management
Dear Land Steward, We have utilized the services of Carl Brockman and his Natural Texas crew several times in the past (since 2016). Their most recent visit to our property was in May of 2019 and we highly recommend them to anyone. As we work to “restore, improve and preserve native habitat” for wildlife, Carl's selective approach to land clearing has provided us with truly remarkable results. For our purposes, the clearing and trail making process involves removing excessive yaupon in the understory of our wooded areas but yet leaving the more desirable flora that provides important wildlife habitat. The coarse mulch that is produced by the forestry machine helps to minimize soil erosion and then provides nutrients to the soil as it decomposes. Carl has evidently passed along a great deal of his knowledge to his crew. After their initial visit several years ago and having seen the results of their work, we are confident in their ability to work independently of our direct supervision.Amy & John WatkinsLand Steward
I am writing on behalf of Carl Brockman, who performed land clearing for Black-capped Vireo habitat restoration for Travis County in February 2004. Mr. Brockman proved to be very professional and demonstrated a great deal of expertise, care and concern during all phases of the project. His understanding of native vegetation and our ultimate goal was paramount in allowing him to often work unsupervised. I strongly recommend his services for habitat restoration or manipulation. If you require any further information. please call me.Paul FushilleTravis County TNR