Williams Creek Project Decision Released

Contact(s): David Olson 208-373-4105 or Richard Newton 208-365-7000


BOISE, Idaho – Boise National Forest Supervisor Cecilia Seesholtz has approved restoration activities within the Williams Creek Project area to increase forest resiliency on land west of State Highway 55 in Valley County and just north of Banks.

 

On March 31, 2014 Idaho State Governor, C.L. “Butch” Otter, submitted a request to the Secretary of Agriculture to designate landscape scale treatment areas on National Forests within Idaho that are at high risk of insect and disease mortality pursuant to Section 8204 of the 2014 Agricultural Act, known as the Farm Bill.  As stated in Governor Otter’s letter, “Forest Supervisors and their staffs worked with local collaborative groups, resource committees or other local governments and citizens to select the boundaries of proposed landscape areas.” 

 

On May 20, 2014 the Chief of the Forest Service, Thomas L. Tidwell, sent a letter to Governor Otter designating landscape areas requested in Idaho. The Williams Creek Project area falls within one of the 50 designated landscape areas. 

Ponderosa Pine Tree

The Williams Creek project will treat nearly 1600 forested acres to reduce risk to insect and disease disturbance, while improving wildlife habitat and promoting the development of large trees such as ponderosa pine and western larch.  An outcome of these activities will increase forest resiliency while providing approximately 11.5 million board feet of wood that will help with jobs and the local economy.

 

“This decision utilizes the new authority and environmental review process for a collaborative restoration project in an insect and disease landscape treatment area,” Seesholtz said.  “Without remediation, risk rating information predicted that at least 25% of the forest within this project area would die over a 15 year time frame due to insects and disease.”

 

Project work could begin as early as this summer.  Further information is available by contacting the Emmett Ranger District at 208-365-7000 or by visiting the Boise National Forest website at:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45705

 

 

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