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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Youth Volunteers Assisting With Hamilton Greenbelt Wildfire Mitigation Project

Picture of YMSL volunteers cleaning up Hamilton Greenbelt in late 2019

Now that the winter months are coming to a close, crews will be back out in the Hamilton Greenbelt removing dead and downed limbs and trees to help reduce the risk of a wildfire in the area. Recreational users of Hamilton Greenbelt are being asked to steer clear of volunteers and work crews that are performing wildfire fuel reduction efforts in coming weeks and months.

Lake Travis Fire Rescue’s crew will be working from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays only for the next few months. Nearby residents should expect to hear the chipper running during those hours. The crew will not work Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays. You can click here for a map of the work area.  

On Thursday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lake Travis Middle School and Bee Cave Middle School students will be donating their annual Day of Service to the Hamilton Greenbelt cleanup effort.  Approximately 200 students will drag tarps loaded with dead wood and brush to chippers near the main entrance of Hamilton Greenbelt on Lohman’s Crossing Road.  The parking lot will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.  Visitors are being asked to park across the street in the Justice Center parking lot during the volunteer activities.  Click here for a map on where to park for that day. 

On Saturday March 28, the River of the Hills Youth Group will continue the work in the same area north of the Hamilton Greenbelt entrance.  The parking lot is expected to remain open on that day, but visitors are being asked to stay clear of the chippers and give the volunteers plenty of room to drag brush down the trails.

The Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) - Cavalier’s Chapter was another youth group who dedicated volunteer hours to the Hamilton Greenbelt project in late 2019. They were honored during a City Council meeting for helping remove nearly 17 tons of dead and downed tree limbs during the length of their time on the project. 

Greenbelt visitors should also watch out for ongoing fuels reduction work by Lake Travis Fire Rescue’s crews in the vicinity of the Duck Lake Drive greenbelt entrance. Hikers and bikers should avoid the work crews who are using chainsaws, utility vehicles, bobcats and chippers. Areas delineated with orange construction cones and yellow caution flagging are off limits.

Lake Travis Fire Rescue’s crew will move through Hamilton Greenbelt I from March through May, clearing out dead and downed wood and creating shaded fuel breaks behind homes.  Additional contract crews will continue working through the summer.  Work crews will be present until all of Hamilton Greenbelt I is cleared of dead wood and brush. In fall, crews will move back into Hamilton Greenbelt II, the more remote northern section of the greenbelt, and continue until the project is complete.

For more information about the Hamilton Greenbelt Wildfire Fuels Reduction Project, please click here or email wildfire@ltfr.org. You can also click here to learn more about wildfire risks and things you can do to help prevent one from potentially affecting your property. 

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