BLM to remove hazard trees along Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail; Trail users should be alert for equipment and crews; no closures anticipated

The Bureau of Land Management is urging visitors to the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail to be alert for crews and equipment while tree felling operations are underway from May 23 through 25.

Crews will be working in the Devil’s Corral area about 7 miles west of Susanville, taking out trees damaged in the Hog Fire that burned in the summer of 2020. They will remove any burned trees that have the potential to fall onto the trail, taking them out of the area and scattering any remaining debris. Crews will leave in place healthy green trees with greater than 40 percent live limbs unless they have the potential to fall.

Crew members will be positioned along the trail to advise visitors of conditions. Trees will be dropped parallel to the trail, so no trail closures or blockages are anticipated.

The Hog Fire broke out near Hog Flat Reservoir about 10 miles west of Susanville in July 2020. It burned across Highway 36 and across the Bizz Johnson Trail in the Devil’s Corral area, causing damage on both sides of the trail. The fire burned about 9,500 acres.

The BLM Eagle Lake Field Office reports good conditions on the Bizz Johnson Trail and the single-track South Side Trail. The Hobo Camp Day Use Area and trailhead is now open to vehicle parking, providing good trail access, picnic areas and Susan River access for fishing and swimming. The Devil’s Corral Trailhead is also open and will be available during the tree felling project.

Trail information is available here: