2010 NRCS SNOTEL Permit Reissuance and Site Installation
The Forest proposes to re-issue Special Use Permit WIL67 to the NRCS for the continued operation of 12 existing SNOTEL Monitoring sites. 2 additional sites will be added to the permit and Soil moisture sensor added at an existing site.
2011 Middle Fork Ranger District Salvage
Salvage of downed trees from the March 13, 2011 windstorm. Approximately 200,000 bd. ft of blown down timber would be salvaged in two separate salvage sales located along roads and in campgrounds in Fall Creek and Middle Fork Willamette drainages.
2012 Bough Sale Project
Harvest boughs on approximately 600 acres of 10-30 year old conifer stands, using hand tools.
Remove up to 1/2 the length of the branch on 1/2 the height of the tree. This project may be split into two or more bough sales.
2012 Commercial Bough Sales
Conifer boughs may be harvested with hand tools; removing up to 1/2 of the branch length on 1/2 of the tree height to provide supply for wreaths and decorative greens. About 490ac. and 120 tons of boughs.
2012 Dispersed Campsite Closures
Project proposes to close approximately 25 dispersed recreation sites to day use to reduce clnflict with adjacent land use, public health, safety, sanitation, and resource protection.
2012 Special Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Projects
This project combines 7 special habitat areas (totaling 49 acres) that are proposed to maintain and restore early seral vegetation conditions, which includes 4 meadows, a stand dominated by shrubs and hardwood, an orchard and an oak savannah.
2012 Sweet Home Young Stand Density Management
Reduce stocking on 6000 acres of 10-30 year-old managed stands to improve growth, forest health; long-term fuel loads, improve huckleberry habitat and provide wildlife forage/habitat.
2013 Bough Sales Project
Using hand tools only, conifer boughs may be harvested by removing up to ½ of the branch length on ½ the tree height. Bough collection provides supply for wreaths and decorative greens. This project may be split into multiple sales.
2013 Bough Sales Project
The proposed action is to implement the sale of conifer boughs, in a contract-controlled manner to help manage the forest environment and meet the demand for these products by the public.
2013 Recreation Residence Improvements
Several requests for projects on Recreation Residence cabins are planned for 2013. This includes two outhouses that need to be repaired or replaced, a repair of an old septic system, and construction of a new wood shed.
2014 Marion Creek Stream Restoration
This project would improve fish habitat and curb bank erosion by adding large wood complexes in the side channels of lower Marion Creek. It is anticipated to enhance recreational viewings of spring chinook spawning near the new Day Use Area.
2014 Recreation Residence Septic Repairs
This proposal is to replace two septic systems of Recreation Residence Cabin #13 & #27 in the Delta A Tract. The would include a septic tank between 1000 - 1500 gallons, a drain field of up to 150' and transmission lines from the cabin to the tank.
410 Road Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
A 94 acre hazardous fuels reduction project to aid in wildfire prevention and management. There would be an understory thin (<7" dbh), completed with hand and mechanical work. Brush will be piled and burned, underburned, or chipped and scattered.
Alpine Trail (3450) Connection
The proposed trail connection will tie the end of the 5826-130 road to the end of the 1910-683 road. This connection will be 1.9 miles long and is designed with 10% average grades and will be built by hand.
Alpine Trail (3450) Relocation
Relocate the only remaining portion of the Alpine Trail from its current location along roads 1912 and 1911 to a convenient side slope to the east of those roads through a recent harvest unit and a short section following the 1802-133.
AT&T/Cingular Wolf Mt. Tower Replacement
Velocitel requests replacement of the existing tower at Wolf Mt., which is failing. The new tower will be the same height at the existing tower and in the same location. Existing footings would be replaced. Work would be in already disturbed ground.
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.
Ball Park Thin
This project proposes commercial thinning and prescribed fire stand treatments on about 1156 acres of young plantations and in unmanaged stands. Proposed actions also include watershed restoration and fish and wildlife habitat enhancement.
Bingham Trail #3421 Realignment
Santiam River Zone Trails program managers will be working with area specialists to plan a realignment route for the first 1/4 mile of the trail.
Proposal to commercially thin approx. 900 ac.and regenerate approx. 75 ac in the Blowout Creek drainage in units previously identified as Pin, Nasty, and Skyhawk timber sales in the Blowout EA Decision, May 1995. A new EA and DN will be completed.
Boundary Thin Project
To commercially thin 70 acres in a 50 year old stand using ground base equipment. This project will also include two gaps 1-3 acres in size to promote understory forbs and shrubs.
BPA Hills Creek Pole Replacement Project
Two poles installed on the BPA powerline between Oakridge and Hills Creek Dam in 1962 have major decay and need to be replaced. In addition, BPA needs to re-open the spur roads that access the line in order to improve response time for line outages.
This proposal includes thinning in approximately 2,500 acres of both managed and unmanaged timber stands, along with watershed restoration projects for the McKenzie River/Elk Creek subwatershed.
Calapooya Divide Meadow Restoration
Removal of trees and shrubs that are encroaching on meadows on the Calapooya Divide. Methods include; hand cutting trees (<12"dbh) and shrubs, scattering, piling, burning, or leaving slash, weed treatments (manual and/or chemical), and seeding.
Calapooya Meadow Restoration II
Restore and make meadows on the Calapooya Divide more resistant to fire and climate change. Includes whipfelling trees 10" diameter and less, removing invasive plants, prescribed fire, and placing boulders or fencing to restrict off-road access.
Camp Melakwa Permit Renewal
The Oregon Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America has requested renewal of their existing Special Use Authorization for Camp Melakwa on the McKenzie River Ranger District. This action would re-authorize the continuing use of the permit area for 20 yrs.
Canyon Creek Large Wood Project
Place large wood in Canyon Creek and tributaries (primarily by helicopter) to improve juvenile steelhead rearing and foraging habitat.
Carmen-Smith Campus Garage Additions & Siding Replacement
The project's purpose is to add garage units to three existing houses and replace siding on those houses. Work would also include relocation of fire hydrant and irrigation lines, excavation for garage concrete slabs and driveways.
Carmen-Smith Campus Improvements
Replace office and manufactured home to accommodate local snow loading with a design compatible with historic character of the site. Water system upgrades to be in compliance with state regulations and meet future demands.
Chalk Parker Biodiversity Enhancement Project
4,600 acres of commercial thinning in managed young stands, special habitat restoration and maintence on 266 acres, 60 miles of road maintence and 95 miles of road closure, fuels reduction, and wildlife forage enhancment
Cingular Wireless Tower Replacement
Replace a wireless communication cell tower at the Mt. Hagan site. The existing tower will be removed upon completion of the new monopole tower.
Clear Lake WUI Fuels Reduction
A 110 acre Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI) fuels reduction is proposed between Clear Lake and Hwy 126. Trees and brush ≤7? dbh will be thinned to enhance defensible space around the resort, facility out-buildings, and access roads.
Collier Glacier Monitoring
Special use permit for the EPA to install equipment for monitoring melt on Collier Glacier and radio data receiver on Sand Mountain.
Competing Vegetation Removal for Research EA
The McKenzie River Ranger District (MRRD) on the Willamette National Forest (WNF) proposes to treat competing vegetation occupying research plots on approximately 5416 m2 with glyphosate. This treatment may occur at a yearly frequency for the next 1
Cougar Bluffs Land Exchange
Exchange of 280 privately owned acres within the Cougar Bluffs Inventoried Roadless Area for an equal value of land within a 598 acre area administered by the U.S. Forest Service
District Stand Density Management and Conifer Pruning
Stand density management and conifer pruning in young plantations on about 5,700 acres across the district. Stand density management will be done at a prescribed spacing, leaving 50 ft . riparian buffers on streams, thinning excess trees, and cutting competing vegetation where prescribed. Conifer pruning will be done at a prescribed spacing, selecting the best trees and using hand tools to remove lower limbs to a height of 10 to 26 ft. In the Staley Creek portion of the project, stand density management will not leave a riparian buffer to improve watershed conditions.
East Fork Bridge Project
The project will replace, in-kind, a bridge on the East Fork Trail (Tr. No. 3308) at mile post 1.15. The original bridge is still in place, but inspections show that it needs replacement. This project will use the same base platform in replacement.
ERFO12 Road Repairs
Repairing roads, reconstructing retaining walls, and replacing culverts along parts of Rd 18, Rd 2408, Rd 19, Rd 1934, Rd 5840-531 and quarry blasting/crushing within previously disturbed areas.
Fall Creek Trail Reroute
This project proposes to eliminate the exposed section of trail by rerouting the trail over the slide-prone slope well above the steep bluff on terrain that is not slide prone. The total distance of this reroute will be about 0.85 mile.
Firewise Treatments (ODF)
The allowance of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to implement fuels treatments on a small portion of FS Land (.4 acres) near the Marconi residence adjacent to private land where ODF is implementing firewise projects around private land.
Flat Creek Buildings Disposition Project
There are 3 Houses and 2 garages at the Flat Creek Work Center in Oakridge that are no longer habitable, are in disrepair, and will either be demolished or allowed to be used under special use permit. The buildings are eligible for the NRHP.
Flat Creek Trail Extension( "B" section)
G.O.A.T.S. is requesting approval/permission with NEPA analysis, to extend the Flat Creek Trail from its current north terminus on the west side of Dead Mtn, eastward to the communication site, a distance of about 9000 feet.
French Bug Timber Sale
This project will thin approximately 1500 acres of managed stands in the Breitenbush Watershed.
Fritz Thin Project
This project proposes to commercially thin approximately 70 acres in a 50-year old second growth stand. The project will be harvested with ground base and skyline equipment using existing skid roads as much as possible.
GOATS Ride Center
The Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards (GOATS) has secured federal funding to implement projects to promote mountain biking in and around Oakridge/Westfir. Projects include: trail extension, trail maintenance, and install information kiosk.
Gold Lake Bog RNA Boundary Adjustment
Expand the existing boundary for Gold Lake Bog Research Natural Area (RNA), from about 415 to 656 acres. This expansion will incorporate the springs and wetlands that support the unique flora and fauna for scientific study.
H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Educational Connector Trail
Construction of a connector trail (<1/4 mile) between the Lookout Creek trail and the Discovery Old Growth Education Trail on the HJA compound. This will allow for a loop educational hike using the 2 trails and the old road to the pump house.
Hardesty Mtn Trailhead Reconstruction
The existing parking lot will be reconstructed with day use improvements added. Improvements to the parking area will help manage traffic flow and local resource impacts. Facility improvements will include toilets, signs, picnic tables.
Hills Creek-Lookout Point Geotechnical Drill Project
This project proposes that testing would entail clearing & leveling two 40 ft by 10 ft work pads to set up the drilling equipment at each proposed structure location. This project is to determine foundation depth for future tower replacement.
The project proposes: 1) Commercially harvest approximately 2,000 acres (Heavy Thin, Moderate Thin, Gaps, Dominant Tree Release, and Skips); 2) Non-commercial fuels thinning treatments and sugar pine realease treatments; 3) Decommission/Close roads.
House Rock Bridge Replacement
The trail foot bridge at House Rock campground will be replaced with a pre-engineered steel bridge. Concrete abuttments would be required on either side of the South Santiam River.
Huckleberry OHV Trail Development
This project proposes to add approximately 30 miles of designated OHV trail in and adjacent to the existing Huckleberry Flats OHV Trail and will include a non-significant Forest Plan Amendment for big game.
Humbug Creek Dispersed Sites Rehabilitation
The project will lessen impacts to federally listed fish habitat by decreasing sediment inputs, increasing the shade component and reducing the chance for petroleum products from vehicles entering the water by rehabilitating two dispersed campsites.
Humbug Creek Large Wood Placement
A stream restoration project is proposed to place large wood in Humbug Creek and East Humbug Creek to improve spring Chinook and resident fish habitat.
Indian Holes Trail Reroute
A project to reroute for approximately 1 mile of the Indian Holes Trail (Tr. No. 3524) near Indian Holes in the Three Sisters Wilderness where an inappropriate grade exists that is resulting in erosion.
Indigo and Middle Fortk Willamette Enhancement Project
The proposal is to complete stream enhancement projects in the Upper Middle Fork Willamette River (HUC# 1709000101) and Hills Creek Reservoir (HUC# 1709000105) Watersheds to benefit bull trout and Spring Chinook salmon.
Integrated Weed Management
Development of an integrated strategy to manage noxious weeds using preventive, manual, mechanical, and herbicide control measures.
Jobs in Priority Watersheds - Respect the River Phase 2
Second phase of planning for the Respect the River program on the district, located along the Upper Middle Fork Willamette River and Staley Creek. The project will minimize resource impacts at dispersed campsites and improve riparian health. Work will include reducing the number of user created trails, limiting site size, limiting motor vehicle access to the riparian zone, scarifying or subsoiling compacted soils, planting native vegetation, and displaying educational Respect the River signage.
The Knob Boughs project would remove approximately one hundred eighty-one tons (362,000 pounds) of coniferous boughs over 723 acres, under a three-year commercial contract.
Lamb Thin Project
To commercially thin three stands for a total of 70 acres in 41 year old stands using ground base equipment. This project will include 51 acres of commercial thinning, 2 acres of gaps, and 17 acres of skips.
Lane Electric Coop 2013 Improvements
This project is for the replacement of existing overhead distribution lines and improvements in the existing system. There are two areas to be upgraded, 1) Lower Delta and 2) McKenzie Hwy from Horse Creek to the McKenzie River Ranger Station.
Lane Electric Underground Power Projects 2014-2017
Replacement of overhead electrical system with underground system on Hwy 126 between Horse Creek Road and the McKenzie River Ranger Station. Upgrade of existing underground system along Hwy 242 between Camp Yale and Camp White Branch.
Little Fall Creek Steelhead Habitat Enhancement Project
The project would add approximately 800 logs and or rootwads to the Little Fall Creek stream channel to enhance the existent aquatic habitat. Approximately 80 live trees would be pulled over to act as anchor points for the 800 logs or rootwads.
Lodgepole Flats Forest Plan Amendment #54
(Minor revision to name of project). The project proposes to change the north section of Park Creek Semi-primitive Nonmotorized Dispersed Recreation Management Area to a Special Habitat Management Area. This is a Forest Plan revision.
Marion Forks Fish Hatchery Day Use Improvements
This project aims to make the Marion Forks Hatchery Day Use safer to enter by widening the entrance and adding new signing. There will be other improvements to the area, including converting the lower camping area to a day use area and nature trail
McCredie Hot Springs Day Use
The existing parking lot will be reconstructed with day use improvements added. Improvements to the parking area will help manage traffic flow and local resource impacts. Facility improvements will include toilets, signs, picnic tables.
McKenzie River Front Country Trail Sign Project
This project will replace, in-kind, the directional trail signs on several non-wilderness trails. Signs will be installed on the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, Olallie Trail, Castle Rock Trail, O'Leary Trail, and Echo Trail.
Middle Santiam Thin
Commercial thinning of about 2000 acres in 30-60 year-old plantations in the Middle Santiam drainage.
Mt. Jefferson Snowmobile Club Grooming Storage Shelter
Project proposes to allow the Mt. Jefferson Snowmobile Club (MJSC) to build a storage structure at the Ray Benson Sno-park. The structure would be utilized to house equipment that helps maintain the USFS snowmobile trails in the area.
Mud Lake Trail Tr. No. 3518 decommissioning
This project proposes to eliminate Tr. No. 3518 from the maintained trail system and would involve removal of trail signs and disguising the trail tread with native vegetation/ debris while allowing nature to reclaim this ground.
Murphy Meadow Restoration Project
A meadow will be maintained by cutting of conifers less than 10 inches dbh and prescribed fire 1-2 years after. 57 acres of meadow will be maintained with a potential of an additional 84 acres of understory prescibed fire in forested vegetation.
A project to reroute a 1½Mi. of the O?leary trail (Tr. No. 3321). The trail was constructed too steep, resulting in trenching and erosion of the trail during the wet season and periods of spring snow melt.
ODOT Waste Area Expansion
ODOT requests permission to expand an existing waste area site off Hwy 58 by 2 acres. Their long term need for waste storage for this section of Hwy 58 exceeds the current disturbed area. Cut trees to be sold as firewood or as a commercial deck sale.
This scoping initiates a project to reroute a 1/2 mile of the Olallie trail. This work would require removing trees <12 inches from the 96 inch wide trail prism and ground disturbance 22' wide to build the tread.
Opal Lake Trail Reroute
Excessively steep routes and routes through swampy meadow area on trail length will be assessed and relocated. Trail reroute would be approximately 3/4 mile.
Park Smith Thin
Commercial thinning in 35-60 years old stands in the Upper McKenzie drainage.
Pass Thin Project
To commercially thin approximately 34 acres in a 40 year old stand using ground base and skyline equipment. This project will also include five gaps one acre in size to promote understory forbs and shrubs.
To reroute approximately 3 miles of Patjens trail. This would require cutting trees (<12") in the proposed trail prism (96" wide) and disturbing the ground via tread construction (18-22" wide).
Pine/grass Plantation Habitat Management Project
Precommercial Thinning, brush cutting, under burning, pruning, snag creation, seeding, and noxious weed abatement within the mixed conifer forest type to maintain and restore oak woodland and savanna habitat.
Pioneer Gulch Project
The project proposes timber harvest on about 940 acres yielding about 12.7 mmbf. The project includes road maintenance and closures, big game forage enhancements activities, non-harvest fuel treatments, and fish habitat improvements.
Pools, Ponds, and Meadow Enhancement Projects 2013
Enhance pre-existing areas of permanent, semi-permanent or ephemeral water sources. This will be done by falling trees into stream beds and in some areas add finer wood to create log jams; and decreasing conifer density around ponds.
Presley's Twin Project
Revised proposal includes overstory removal on 1,000 acres of shelterwood plantations, thinning 680 acres of 100-150 yr.old stands and 162 acres of 40 yr.old plantations. Includes road maint.and closures, fuel treatments, and precommercial thinning
To commercially thin approximately 69 acres in a 55 year old stand using ground base and skyline equipment. This project will also include gaps 1-3 acre in size to promote understory forbs and shrubs.
Rd. 19 DTR (Danger Tree Removal)
To remove approximately 120 danger trees located in a fourteen mile segment adjacent to Forest road 19. The trees are dead and dying and have a failure zone that would impact Forest road 19.
Recreation and Administravbite Site Hazardous Fuels Reduction
Project was formerly called "2012 Rec/Admin HF". This project proposes to cut and burn or chip brush and trees less than 10 inches in diameter at 4.5 feet from ground level (DBH) to increase the defensible space around district infrastructure.
Respect the River
Resource damage will be repaired at dispersed campsites along the Middle Fork Willamette River by providing a riparian buffer, planting native vegetation, subsoiling compacted soils, deterring enlargement of dispersed sites, and posting signs
Respect the River - Fall Creek
Resource damage will be minimized and restored at the dispersed campsites by providing a riparian buffer, planting native vegetation, subsoiling compacted soils, deterring campsite area growth and educational signage.
Santiam Pass Summer Motorized Recreation
Proposal to designate OHV system of routes in the Santiam Pass Dispersed Recreation Area and to restore portions of the Santiam Wagon Road. Includes a non-significant amendment to the Forest Plan to restrict OHVs to designated roads and trails.
Sawyer Bar Reroute
To reroute approximately 1.5 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail near Sawyer Bar in the Three Sisters Wilderness. This work will be done with traditional tools, and will utilize trail crews, youth crews, and volunteers.
Scottish Danger Tree Removal Project
This project proposes to remove approximately 19 dead or dying trees that are being affected with root rot disease. These trees have a failure zone of hitting Highway 126 and the 2649 Scott Creek road.
South Fork McKenzie River Enhancement
Proposal to enhance habitat for bull trout and spring Chinook in the South Fork McKenzie and Roaring Rivers through addition of large woody material, and closure of vehicle access to some dispersed campsites near rivers to improve water quality.
Harvest of about 4.0 MMBF of timber fomr the South Pyramid Creek subdrainage. Sale is considering regeneration and thinning harvest methods. No new road construction; an existing logger's spur road will be reopened.
South Salmon Trail Reroutes
Relocating two sections of South Salmon Trail (# 4365) to replace sections lost during winter flooding and to avoid constructing a complex bridge over Salmon Creek.
Special Forest Products Harvest and Removal
Proposal is for the harvest and collection of Special Forest Products for the uses of Floral/Landscaping products, Christmas Season products, Furniture/building products and edibles/medicinal.
Special Forest Products Sales
The proposed action is to implement the sale of Special Forest Products in a permit and contract-controlled manner which regulates activities and manages the forest environment and meets the demand for these products by the public.
Swallow Lake Trail #3488 Realignment
Santiam River Zone Trails program managers will be working with area specialists to plan a realignment route for the ¾ mile section of the trail from Swallow Lake to the Meadow area just south of South Cinder Peak.
Three Pools Site Rehabilitation
Reconstruct the road/parking area to accommodate about 100 vehicles, construct or reconstruct trails and install fencing to provide for safe access, and install an additional toilet and signing. Formally designate site as developed rec site.
TMQ Floral Greens Removal Project
This project would remove two hundred tons (400,000 pounds) of floral greens that consist of beargrass, salal, Oregon grape, stick cuttings (mansanita, vine maple, ceanothus) harvest on the McKenzie River Ranger District.
Trail Bridge Blowdown Salvage
Salvage approximately 17 acres of wind throw timber downed during winter storms. The proposal would salvage about 200 mbf of saw logs and reduce fuel buildup. Trees with roots attached would be used as fish habitat.
Timber sale in Adaptive Management Area to implement Blue River Landscape Study. The BRLS proposed to restore the pattern of the landscape over a period of many decades while meeting the objectives of the NWFP.
Upper Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Action Plan Project
Stream restoration work in the Upper Middle Fork Willamette River watershed. Placement of 1100 pieces of large wood in Swift, Staley, and Echo Crks. for bull trout and salmon habitat. Three fish passage structures in Windfall, Coal, and Maple Crks.
Various Special Use Permits
Permits have expired and need to be reissued. These are all existing uses, no new ground disturbance. Private road use permits, boat docks, water lines, and stairs/pathways.
Verde Mtn. Floral Greens Project
The project would remove floral greens: beargrass, salal, fern fronds, and vine maple/ceanothus sticks. This would occur on approximately 18,760 acres of the McKenzie River Ranger District. The sale of these products will be done under permits.
Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Project 2013
The purpose of the project is to enhance forage for Roosevelt elk and black-tailed deer to increase herd health and survival rates through improved nutrition. Browse cutback as well as the creation of early seral openings would be implemented.
Willamette Fish Hatchery Upgrade & Permit Renewal
The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife(ODFW) has requested a temporary special use authorization (permit) for construction of stage one of a Recirculation Aquaculture System(RAS) Facility at the existing Willamette Fish Hatchery site.
Winberry Campground Decommission
This campground receives a high amount of vandalism and homeless use and is the only developed receation site in this drainage. Improvements to be removed include 2 shelters, 5 fire rings, all picnic tables, all site numbers, the well, Romtec toilet.
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