A meeting Thursday will deal with the effects of first the drought and then the deluge in the Stanislaus National Forest.
The public can learn about damage to roads and recreation sites from the near-record rain and snow of 2017. Experts also will talk about the millions of conifers killed by bark beetles during the 2012-16 drought, and resources for removing those near buildings.
Finally, residents can get advice on reducing grass, brush and trees around their homes to protect them from wildfire this summer.
The storms did at least $5 million in damage to the paved, gravel and dirt roads that lace the forest, spokeswoman Diana Fredlund said.
“We can’t even get to a lot of the roads yet because they’re still under snow,” she said.
Major closures include part of Cottonwood Road, which connects the Tuolumne City area with Cherry Lake, and the day-use area at Beardsley Reservoir. The forest website has a detailed map.
The Stanislaus has had a rough half-decade. The Rim fire of 2013 is the largest on record in the Sierra Nevada and spilled into private land and Yosemite National Park. The drought brought an outbreak of Western pine beetles, a native species that does little harm most years. Scientists say another wet winter is needed to end the scourge.
The beetles bored into trees across the central and southern Sierra, eventually killing them. Many still stand near buildings and power lines and could topple if not removed.
The meeting is sponsored by Tuolumne County and several state, federal and utility partners.
John Holland: 209-578-2385
FOREST HAZARD MEETING
When: 4 p.m. Thursday
Where: Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors chambers, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.
More information: www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus