Forest Service proposes modified proposed action for Wallow West Fuel Reduction and Forest Recovery Project.

Release Date: Mar 16, 2012  

Contact(s): District Ranger Marcia Pfleiderer (928) 333-6201


 

In response to public comments and input by resource specialists, the proposed action for the Wallow West Fuel Reduction and Forest Recovery Project has been modified to reflect updated analysis information and time constraints. 

The major modifications to the proposed action include the elimination of the following activities:  all proposed green tree thinning, meadow restoration activities, broadcast burning and any treatment activities occurring in the Bear Creek-Black River watershed and a deferment of salvage treatments for two years in the Lower West Fork Black River watershed.  The modified proposed action also reduces the number of temporary roads, reduces the amount of reforestation, and decreases the number of acres available for salvage. 

The modified proposed action is as follows:

  • Up to 15,679 acres salvage of dead/dying trees to be treated over three years, dependent on Mexican Spotted Owl surveys
  • Pile burning to occur on up to 15,679 acres after salvage operations, where coarse woody debris thresholds are exceeded
  • 4,000 acres reforestation (tree planting), a rate of up to 400 acres annually over a 10-year period
  • 2 miles of temporary road construction, to be closed and rehabilitated after use.

The purpose and need of the proposed activities has been modified to:  recover the economic value of burned timber, provide sustainable economic opportunities for local communities, protect life, property, and natural and cultural resources, by reducing hazard trees and high fuel loading caused by dead and dying trees.

The modified proposed action, and refined purpose and need are available for review on our website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/asnf/landmanagement/projects, simply scroll down to Forest Projects, under Analysis and look for the project name.  While this is not an official comment period, if interested individuals would like to comment on the modified proposed action, please send your comments and any updated contact information to: Springerville Ranger District, Wallow West Planning, P.O. Box 760, Springerville AZ 85938. Comments can be electronically submitted by sending an email to comments-southwestern-apache-sitgreaves-springerville@fs.fed.us

A team of resource specialists are continuing to follow the processes outlined in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by conducting an analysis that presents the issues, alternatives, and environmental effects of proposed activities. Team members are currently developing and analyzing the effects of the modified proposed action. A summary of the effect analysis will be sent out during the 30-day notice and comment period, expected in mid-April, 2012.

For more details about the project please contact Springerville District Ranger Marcia Pfleiderer at (928) 333-6201.