Forest Service accepting public comments on Millsteck Large Wood Project

Contact(s): Christopher Warner


The USDA Forest Service is accepting comments for large wood to five streams and their tributaries on the Marienville Ranger District, Allegheny National Forest.    

The environmental analysis will propose five projects, which will reduce flood peaks by diverting flows to side channels and improve stream habitat by felling up to 70 trees per mile into these five streams and their tributaries (9.3 stream miles total) and onto their floodplains. 

Proposed Project Areas: 

Stream 

Miles 

Warrants 

Township 

County 

Gurgling Run  

2.8 

4134, 4135 

Millstone 

Elk 

4130, 4136 

Jenks 

Forest 

East Branch Millstone Creek 

2.8 

4129, 4135 

Millstone 

Elk 

4130 

Jenks 

Forest 

Steck Run 

1.7 

2362, 2369, 2667 

Millstone 

Elk 

Church Run 

1.5 

2581, 2596, 2792, Robert Allison 

Millstone 

Elk 

Winlack Run 

0.5 

2542, 2543 

Millstone 

Elk 

 

Project treatments will include: 

  • Level 1 treatments would use chainsaws only to fell trees into stream channels.  

  • Level 2 treatments would use a combination of chainsaws and a grip hoist or winch to place the wood in the channels.  

 

Some minor disturbance of the organic layer of the soils would be caused where the grip-hoist or winch is used to position the large wood in the stream channel. Heavy equipment will not be used for this project, and except for operational safety, live hemlock or white pine will not be felled for this project. 

 

Comments for these projects will be most helpful by December 2, 2019. 

 

If you would like more information, please contact Kevin Treese at 814-927-5759 or kevin.treese@usda.gov. 





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