Projects

Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process including Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Environmental Assessments (EA), or Categorical Exclusions (CE) that involve analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action, requires public notice and comment, and results in one of the following NEPA decisions: Record of Decision (ROD), Decision Notice (DN), or Departmental Manual (DM) which, subject to an administrative appeals process, and is implemented on the ground.

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The Forest Projects below are projects that we are analyzing or have analyzed under the NEPA process.

Willamette National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.
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Developing Proposal

American Tower Cell Towers

This project will install 6 commercial cell tower sites along Highway 58 from Willamette Pass to near the western edge of the Willamette National Forest.

Central Cascades Wilderness Strategies 2017

The Deschutes and Willamette National Forests are considering visitor use management strategies for five wilderness areas in the central Cascades in order to reduce resource impacts caused by increasing recreation use.

Communication Site Lease Renewal

AT&T and American Tower Communication Leases at Hall Ridge will expire in 12/31/2017. This will be a renewal of an existing Communication Lease with no new ground disturbance for a new term of 10 years.

Highway 20 Sunken Grade Project

Federal Highways will be installing a series of pipes and drains to stabilize the hillside above a section of US Highway 20 that has been sinking for the past several years.

ODOT Right of Way

Granting right-of-way to ODOT for Sheep Creek bridge replacement on highway 20.

Under Analysis

City of Detroit Water System Update

Fence to be installed around water building on Breitenbush Rd. Install emergency drainline from water storage tank. Reissue special use permit.

Cowhorn Thinning Project

Project would thin stand (37 acres) at a moderate spacing including gaps or openings typical with the adjacent LSR thinning project, Hehe. Sale would also perform road maintenance on approximately 11 miles of road 1817.

Green Mountain Project

The Green Mountain Project proposes to commercially harvest on approximately 4,398 acres on the Willamette National Forest near the community of Blue River, Oregon.

Hills Creek - Lookout Point Power Line Re-alignment

Two sections of the BPA power line between Hills Creek and Lookout Point Reservoirs will need a slight adjustment in the right of way. There will also be replacement of poles along the entire project corridor. Line adjustments due to unstable ground.

Hwy 46

Formerly Hwy 46 North. Treatments will occur in the Breitenbush Watershed, including commercial thinning, early seral creation, riparian reserve treatment, viewshed enhancements, meadow restoration, hazardous fuels treatments, PCT and pruning.

Indigo Springs Campground Bridge

Replacement of deck boards and two stringers at a bridge in Indigo Springs.

Jim's Creek Prescribed Burn

The Forest Service proposes to under burn the Jim's Creek area to maintain the open forest component. The approximately 688 acres would be burned in phases and burns could be repeated.

LangDam Project

The proposed project would commercially thin timber stands up to 120 years of age on approximately 645 acres.

Look Thin

The McKenzie River Ranger District is proposing to treat approximately 63 acres in a stand that is approximately 40 years old. Treatments would include 58 acres of commercial thinning, 5 acres of gaps, and a 7 acre area that would be left as a skip.

Lower South Fork McKenzie River Floodplain Enhancement

The project would reconstruct portions of the mainstem and side channels, by adding gravel and over 3000 pieces of wood to the stream and floodplain. Several levees and rip-rap would be removed to improve floodplain access.

Lower Staley Floodplain Restoration

Stabilization of approx. 200 ft. of eroding stream bank, including large woody debris jam construction. Trees with root wads attached will be gathered and large trees will be hauled to the project area for bank stabilization and log jam construction.

McCoy Thinning Project

This project would improve forest health by decreasing competition, releasing the canopy, stimulating tree and ground vegetation growth rates, and reducing fuel loading in over stocked stands.

Meadow and Forage Restoration

The purpose of this project is to cover maintenance burning and whip felling for the next 10 years as needed to stop encroachment and maintain the meadows.

Middle Fork Ranger District 2016 Rock Crushing

The Middle Fork Ranger District currently needs a steady supply of crushed rock for ongoing and upcoming road maintenance and projects. Two pits will be analyzed and potentially expanded. See attached map.

Middle Fork Ranger District PCT Pruning

The Forest Service proposes to thin overstocked plantation stands for optimal growth, stand health, late successional reserve characteristics, watershed quality, and to favor desired species such as pine and oak, along with native forbs and grasses

OHV Trails 22 and 42 Reroute Project

This proposed project would reroute approximately .5 miles of OHV trails 22 and 42 in the Santiam Pass OHV Area. The work would be done with heavy machinery and the old trails would be decommissioned.

Outlook Landscape Diversity Project

Commercial thinning and fuels reduction on 4300 ac. of plantations; 110 mi. of road maintenance, closure of 130 mi. of road; special habitat restoration; 260 ac. of early-seral habitat maintenance/creation; snag creation, noxious weed abatement.

Pacific Crest Trail #2000 Minto Pass Vicinity Reroute

Construction of one new trail section including brush work, log cutting, tree removal and tread surface construction

Pacific Crest Trail #2000 Park Ridge Vicinity Reroutes

Construction of ten new trail sections including brush work, log cutting, tree removal and tread surface construction.

Pacific Crest Trail #2000 Three Finger Jack Vicinity Reroute

Reroute a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail to reduce resource damage.

Pigeon Prairie Meadow Enhancement

Meadow enhancement of the Pigeon Prairie meadow complex, on approximately 41 acres. Activities include removal of encroaching conifers and fuels treatments as appropriate.

Prescribed Fire in Wilderness: Scott Mountain

The project would use prescribed fire in the Mt. Washington Wilderness area to modify vegetation and fuels to sufficiently reduce the threats to values outside of wilderness in order to allow fire to play a more natural role within wilderness.

Sawtooth Trail Reroute (FS Trail 3634)

Middle Fork Recreation proposes to reroute 1500 feet of the Sawtooth trail in the Oregon Cascades Recreation Area to improve sustainability and to improve the trail user experience.

Southshore Alcove Aquatic Planting

Planting wetland plants is intended to stabilize sifting lake sediments in a shallow swimming area in an alcove at the Southshore Campground.

Three Pools Respect the River

Multiple dispersed recreation sites would have their footprint decreased and transitioned from drive into to walk in sites.

Upper Little Fall Project

The Middle Fork Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest proposes density management on about 1720 acres of young plantations located in the Little Fall Creek subwatershed.The project would include the reconstruction of existing roads.

Wolf Mountain Communication Site Upgrade

To upgrade existing ODOT communications systems on Wolf Mtn to meet the requirements of the State Radio Project (SRP) for emergency communications.

Analysis Completed

2014 Lands Permits

Renew three lands special use permits, Bureau of Reclamation Weather station, City of Idanha Water system, and Breitenbush Hot Springs Mobile radio Service new term of 10 years. This is an administrative action no ground disturbance will take place.

2014 Recreation Permits

Renew three recreation special use permits Detroit Lake Marina, Kanes Marina, and Chemeketans Club to a new term of 10 years. This is an administrative action no ground disturbance will take place.

Bachelor Bear Project

The project is proposed to commercially thin about 1500 acres of young second growth forests to enhance the growth and structural complexity of timber stands and complete hazardous fuels reduction on 225 acres.

Flat Country Floral Greens Project

This project would remove floral greens: beargrass, salal, fern fronds, and vine maple/ceanothus sticks. This would occur on approximately 28,523 acres of the McKenzie River Ranger District. The sell of these products will be done under permits.

Goose EIS 2015

The Goose Project proposes to commercially harvest and reduce fuels on approximately 2,452 acres on the Willamette National Forest near the community of McKenzie Bridge, Oregon.

Jude Ridge

Harvest 3.6 MMBF from 13 stands aged 36-60 years old. Commercially thin 264 acres, leave ~27 acres of gaps (1/2-1 acre in size), leave ~143 acres of unharvested skips, and 27 acres of early seral creation leaving ~35% canopy cover in clumpy pattern.

Maple Creek Prescribed Burn

We are proposing to conduct a prescribed underburn (without any pre-treatment) in this 38-acre forest unit in order to thin the stand out through fire-induced mortality.

Soda Fork Large Wood Enhancement

Improve spawning and rearing habitat in Soda Fork Creek for Upper Willamette Winter Steelhead and Spring Chinook that are listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act and improve stream complexity in Soda Fork Creek.

On Hold

410 Root Rot Pocket Removal Project

The proposed project would remove all Douglas fir trees within a six acre area that has been identified to have extensive root disease. This project would remove alive and dead trees to create a buffer from the adjacent healthy forest.

Cingular-Mt. Hagan Tower Upgrades & Generator/Propane Tank Installation

Complete updates needed to upgrade to LTE capacity of existing Cingular/AT&T tower at Mt. Hagen, including the removal of 2 existing antennas, placement of 4 new antennas, and installation of a generator and propane tank.

French Pete Creek Crossing Repair

The proposed project would harden the creek crossing at mile 2.1 of the French Pete Creek Trail (FS Trail 3311) to mitigate erosion.

Lookout Mountain Meadow Restoration

The purpose of this project is to restore native meadow habitat by cutting and girdling small diameter trees, and subsequently implementing a prescribed fire across an approximately 347-acre project area.

Lost Creek, Tamolitch Valley and Roaring River Bridge Replacements

A project to replace three trail bridges that need replacement. Two bridges are located on the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail (MRNRT) (Tr. No. 3507). Another bridge crosses Roaring River on the Roaring River Ridge Trail (Tr. No. 3312).

Menagerie Seasonal Closure Boundary Change for Species Protection

Proposed change to existing seasonal closure boundary to provide species protection during the critical nesting and fledging period.

Power Plant Bypass Road Realignment

Realignment of the existing bypass Forest Service Road 2672690 around the Eugene Water and Electric Board's Carmen power house in order to provide safe and adequate access for construction of the fish passage facilities at trailbridge reservoir.

Smith Prairie Meadow Maintenance

Enhance and maintain meadow complex by reducing encroachment of conifers (remove saplings under 4 inches), seed collection, girdling 1-2 trees/acre under 12 inches DBH and falling 1 tree/acre for down wood.

Trout Creek

In managed and natural stands: Promote health, vigor, diversity and complexity ~1770 ac. Mimic mixed-severity fire ~720 ac. Improve hardwood habitat ~290 ac. Improve traditional resources. Generate revenue to improve existing roads. Treat fuels.

Wolf Boughs Project

The Wolf Boughs project would remove approximately one hundred thirty-one tons (62,000 pounds) of coniferous boughs over 123 acres, under contracts or permits.

Cancelled

Big Game Forage Enhancement (Canyon and Owl Creek Watersheds)

Enhance 40 acres of big game habitat including: browse cutback, planting and seeding native forage species, and collecting native seed for use in following years.

FS Rd 2233-635/Outerson Mtn Traffic Control

Installation of a road closure device, such as a gate, at the 2233-635 road. Installation of educational signage at two locations in the vicinity.

McCoy Motorized Rec. Area Improvements 2014-2015

This project will include the installation of a covered picnic shelter at the lower staging area, and the expansion of the upper staging area.

Sand Mountain Trail Repair and Reroute

The proposed project would repair and reroute portions of the Sand Mountain Lookout trail to prevent erosion and further trail damage.

Waldo Road Brushing Project

Cut vegetation and conifers along road 5897 from the top of the cut bank to the bottom of the fill. Road brushing will be started with areas that are most prone to wildfire activity and continue to areas that are less prone to wildfire activity.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.