The Pyle-Anderson Thinning Project would treat about 1,626 acres of ponderosa pine plantations on the Emmett Ranger District. Plantations would be thinned into groups and clumps by handcrews using chainsaws followed by fuels abatement activities. Activity fuels treatments may include lop and scatter, pile and burn, and broadcast burn. Collectively, these treatments are designed to increase forest resiliency to natural disturbances and resistance to uncharacteristic disturbance events, while putting these plantations on a trajectory toward the desired vegetation conditions as outlined in the 2010 Forest Plan. The combined scoping and 30-day Notice and Comment period will begin following the publication of a Solicitation for Public Comment Legal Notice in the Messenger Index (newspaper of record). The legal notice is anticipated to be published on June 20, 2012. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period.
The project area is located in the Pyle Creek and Anderson Creek subwatersheds.