Forest Service seeks public comment on the South Pioneer Fire Salvage and Reforestation Project Environmental Assessment

Release Date: Apr 28, 2017  

Contact(s): Venetia Gempler 208-373-4105

Photo of burned area void of trees


Boise, Idaho, April 28, 2017 -- The Boise National Forest has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the South Pioneer Salvage and Reforestation Project. This EA addresses public feedback received before, during and after the February 2017 public scoping period; the strategic goals and objectives in the Boise National Forest Plan; data collection and analyses of the fire’s effects and best available science. The 30-day comment period on this EA begins the day following publication of the legal notice in the Idaho Statesman, the newspaper of record. The EA is available at:



This EA assesses the effects of actions proposed in the southern portion of the 2016 Pioneer Fire area to remove hazard trees along priority travel routes posing public health and safety concerns, reforesting areas, decommissioning unauthorized routes, and salvaging additional trees killed by the fire to recover economic value important to support restoration work. The EA for the North Pioneer Fire Salvage and Reforestation Project, assessing effects for similar actions in the northern portion of the fire, was released the week of April 17, 2017.



Immediate implementation is essential to successfully accomplish this project’s purpose and need. Thus, the Boise National Forest will request an emergency situation determination (ESD) from the Chief of the Forest Service. Should the Chief grant the ESD, the project will be exempt from the 36 CFR 218 pre-decisional objection process and implementation could begin immediately following issuance of the project Decision anticipated to be in late June 2017.



The Boise National Forest recognizes the importance of the public involvement process for this project and is aware that, should an ESD be approved, the expedited emergency procedure alters the structure of that process. Thus, as we have done since the fall of 2016, we will continue to employ a variety of communication options to share and receive information from interested parties. Visit for up-to-date information.