During February 2012, an excavator mounted with a mastication drum treated a 1.3-mile segment of the Bayview Fire Road, which is part of the Inverness Ridge Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore.
The fire road extends from the Bayview parking lot off Limantour Road to the edge of a residential area at Sunnyside Road. All vegetation within 15 to 25 feet of each side of the fire road was mulched. The width of the treatment was increased in areas where the slope was steeper. This technique accomplished in a few weeks what would have taken months for a 10-person crew to achieve, making it highly cost effective. Efficient use of time also addressed constraints on the work season due to bird nesting. Surveys done prior to implementation ensured that no rare plants would be affected by the work.