The need for this project comes from the need to develop defensible space around the structures located in the Newsome Creek drainage and Orogrande. Such space will help protect these structures in the event of wildfire emergencies. These projects will treat vegetative growth on federally managed land that is near structures, such as homes and facilities. This action will reduce the potential and intensity of wildfire thus creating safer areas where firefighters who undertake fire suppression activities and improve the likelihood of successful private property protection. In addition, this project is also aimed at providing training and employment opportunities to the local workforce to learn general forest and fuels reduction skills in an educational, participatory environment and to develop markets for resulting merchantable materials. Support for this project comes from the local USDA Forest Service, private landowners, recreational user groups and community organizations. Success in fuels reduction work will provide for more job and training opportunities, market development for low value materials, and expanded collaboration between federal agencies and the community for similar work in the future.