TNC begins Firewise wildfire fuel reduction project on Chappy

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) began a Firewise wildfire fuel reduction project Wednesday on Chappaquiddick. TNC, in conjunction with officials from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Bureau of Forest Fire Control, expects to be at work until Saturday, October 27, according to a press release.

Nature Conservancy firefighters are using chainsaws to open overgrown pitch pine woods on six parcels owned by Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, in the vicinity of Harbor View Avenue and Sandplain Way.

“The results will be a dramatic reduction of wildfire risk to more than a dozen neighbors,” TNC said.

The Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation and The Trustees of Reservations are assisting with staff and equipment. This project is taking place just west of TTOR’s Wasque Reservation, where a prescribed burn is planned for later this fall.

Those interested in reducing wildfire risk on their property can learn more about how to do so by visiting www.firewise.org. To schedule a home assessment, contact Bureau of Forest Fire Control Warden Josh Nigro, at 508-889-4094.