Decision on Landscape Vegetation Treatment Plan Released

Release Date: Jan 28, 2013  

 

Contact:  Jean Nelson-Dean, 541-383-5561                                                                               Jan. 28, 2013

                   

 

Decision on Landscape Vegetation Treatment Plan Released

Decision will allow vegetation treatments across 40,000 acres

 

CRESCENT– Tomorrow the Deschutes National Forest will release a decision on a vegetation management project for a 40,000 acre area of the Crescent Ranger District.

Two goals for the project are to provide for a representative diversity of wildlife habitats and forest stand structures on the landscape and to provide timber and other wood products to support local and regional economies.  A primary focus is to reduce tree density and provide more habitat for species like the white-headed woodpecker, which prefer open stand conditions.  Reducing tree density across the landscape also will improve the forest’s ability to resist disease and lessen the risk of intense wildfires now and into the future.

The decision allows commercial timber harvest on approximately 11,000 acres and prescribed fire activities on 13,500 acres within the 40,000 acre landscape.

“This decision provides the best balance of providing a variety of habitat across this landscape in the short and long-term while contributing wood products to the local economy,” said Holly Jewkes, District Ranger for the Crescent District.

The project decision also addresses severely infected dwarf mistletoe stands, by applying a specific mistletoe treatment to 1,900 acres of forest stands.  The treatment will provide variable-size openings to create disease-free pockets, reducing the spread of mistletoe to other trees.  However, some mistletoe will be retained in the landscapes as it provides habitat for some wildlife species such as goshawk, great grey owl and the American (pine) marten.

The decision on the Rim-Paunina  Project follows a robust collaborative community discussion between a diverse group of stakeholders, which was convened and facilitated by the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) as a third party facilitator for the project.

To review the decision, please go to the Land and Resource Management and then Projects section of the Forest Service’s Central Oregon website:  www.fs.usda.gov/central oregon.

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