Ms. Paula Rosenthal
2705 Sprugin Road
Missoula, MT 59804
Dear Ms. Rosenthal:
Enclosed for your consideration is Cathedral Mountain Ranch Association’s completed application for participation in the 2004 Western States Wildland Urban Interface Grant Program. Also attached are a few captioned photographs illustrating certain of the areas and hazardous fuel conditions on the Cathedral Mountain Ranch (CMR) property that our homeowners association hope to mitigate under a 2004 matching fund grant project. You may recall certain of these specific areas of concern from the site visit you kindly participated in last month.
As our Resident Wildfire Committee discussed with you at the property, in recent years dead and dying trees from drought-aggravated disease and insect infestations in particular pine species at CMR have expanded to a point where residents cannot themselves mitigate the wildfire hazard. The wildfires in the nearby Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness and related fire fighting and defense monitoring at CMR related to those fires this past summer, have heightened the concern and commitment of our residents and lot owners to aggressively reduce the wildfire risk at CMR.
We certainly appreciate all the information and counsel you have provided our Wildfire Committee with respect to the wildlands-urban interface, fire prevention, defense strategies, information sources, and the possibility for CMR participation in a matching grant program. Your willingness to respond to our after hour queries, travel well out of your way to observe the conditions at CMR and arrangements to squeeze meetings with our organization into your busy schedule, commands our respect for your professionalism and is also very much appreciated.
As you review our application, please feel free to contact Mr. Clossin, Mr. Green or any other of our Board or Committee members should you require additional CMR information or clarification of any of our qualifying comments.
Bill Clossin, Wildfire Committee Chairman Becky Chenault, Board and Wildfire Committee
P.O. Box 535 4 Riddles Cliff
Nye, MT 59061 Nye, MT 59061
(406) 328-6243 email@example.com
Mike Goddu, CMRA Board Pres. Catherine Green, Board and Wildfire Committee
3788 Orange Lane 9947 S. Blackwood Circle
Boulder, CO 80304 Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Ralph Green, Board and Wildfire Committee Mark Reynolds, CMRA Board
P.O. Box 1330 1953 Patricia Lane
Columbus, MT 59019 Billings, MT 59102
(406) 322-8733 firstname.lastname@example.org
CATHEDRAL MOUNTAIN RANCH
- 2004 Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program -
Concentrations of dead and diseased trees (hazardous fuels) adjacent to access routes critical for emergency
travel by residents, firefighters and equipment in event of wildfire. In this example, the only route serving
the Lodge and several residences.
Dead and diseased tree advance… Approximately 80% of pine stand in this area of CMR is dead or diseased
and creates substantial hazardous fuel accumulations and wild fire risk.
Example of pervasive disease effects and elevated risk from hazardous wildfire fuel accumulations at CMR
Site within higher priority Phase 1 Project area targeted for removal of hazardous fuels and concurrent
Restoration of disturbed area with more fire-resistant plants
Example of conditions within Priority 1 Project area as defined by coincident hazardous fuel concentrations
(dead trees and ladder fuel) and areas of higher cabin density or home clusters.