North Shenandoah Mountain Restoration and Management Project

The USDA Forest Service, the public, communities, and partners have been working together to identify forest restoration and management opportunities on the North Shenandoah Mountain Restoration and Management Project (NSM) in Rockingham County, Virginia and Pendleton County, West Virginia. The project will improve watershed conditions, wildlife habitats, and forest health.

The Central Appalachians Fire Learning Network put together an excellent slide program entitled "A Decade of Monitoring in the Heart of the Appalachians" that presents photos, vegetation monitoring, and avian monitoring results from a collaborative partnership of federal, state and private ownerships (including The Nature Conservancy). This presentation highlights some of the desired conditions in the NSM we are hoping to achieve through the use of prescribed fire.

 

Official Notice and Comment Period Extended - October 25, 2019

 

The North River Ranger District has decided to extend the official notice and comment period for the North Shenandoah Mountain project to October 25, 2019. Comments may be submitted through the project comment page located here: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=50342

Public Meeting August 22, 2019

The North River Ranger District of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests is seeking comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the North Shenandoah Mountain Restoration and Management Project (NSM Project). The project proposes restoration actions on about 9,243 acres of the approximately 128,000-acre planning area located in Rockingham County, Virginia and Pendleton County, West Virginia.

This project has been designed to move the existing conditions within the North River Ranger District towards desired conditions described in the 2014 Revised Forest Plan for the George Washington National Forest (Forest Plan). The Draft EA documents the site-specific analysis for implementing the proposed action, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).

Information on the proposed action and associated analysis documents can be viewed online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50342. These documents are also available for review at the district office in Harrisonburg, VA. Printed copies of the Draft EA are available upon request.

A public meeting about the project is scheduled for August 22, 2019, from 1 pm to 3 pm. at the Bridgewater Town Hall located at: 201 Green St, Bridgewater, VA 22812. During that time, the interdisciplinary team will provide overview information and answer questions about the NSM Project. Official comments will only be accepted in writing per 36 CFR §218.2.

We welcome your involvement and encourage your review of and comments on this analysis. Specific comments on how to improve the proposal, what you prefer in other alternatives, or important things you think we missed in the alternatives, are very helpful. We can better respond to your comments if you are as specific as possible and if you cite the location(s) in the document of the section to which you are directing your comments. If you reference other documents in your comments, please attach complete copies, or links to them. If complete copies are not available, please provide the cover page and applicable pages from them.

Substantive comments provide factual information, professional opinion, or informed judgment that is relevant to the action being proposed. Substantive comments are specific, comparative, or solution oriented. A substantive comment provides the reasons why and goes beyond just expressing an opinion. While all comments will be considered, substantive comments related to the alternatives the most useful.

Comments may be submitted through the project comment page located here:

https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=50342.

Electronic comments may be uploaded as Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx), portable document files (.pdf), rich text format (.rtf), text (.txt), or hypertext markup language (.html) files.

Comments may also be mailed to Mary Yonce, North River District Ranger, 401 Oakwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA  22802, or hand­ delivered to the above address on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please reference North Shenandoah Mountain Restoration and Management Project in the subject line.

Comments must be submitted by 30 days from date of the legal notice published in the Harrisonburg Daily News Record. This notice was published on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Only those who submit timely and specific comments during this comment period will be eligible to object. In order to file an objection, each individual or representative from each organization submitting comments must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request.

Please contact Kevin Kyle, Zone Silviculturist, at (540) 984-4101 if you have questions concerning this project. Thank you for your continued interest in the management of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.

August 22, 2019 - Public Meeting Presentations

NSM Agenda (08222019)
NSM Vegetative and Silvicultural Review
NSM Biological Resources Review
NSM Prescribe Fire Review
NSM Roads Review

 

June 4, 2018 - Public Meeting

A public meeting was held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 2pm-5pm at the Rockingham County Administration Center, Fire and Rescue Classroom C, 20 E. Gay Street, Harrisonburg, VA.

Please see the following materials for more information:

Agenda

Meeting Powerpoint Presentation

Project Overview Map

Slate Lick Working Area Map

Mitchell Knob/Camp Run Working Area Map

German River Working Area Map

Feltz Ridge/Leading Ridge Working Area Map

Blue Hole/Grove Hollow Working Area Map

 

Where Have We Been?  Scoping in Fall 2017

The North River Ranger District sent out a scoping letter that describes the existing conditions and proposed activities to move the landscape toward the desired conditions in the 2014 George Washington National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. We are asking for your input and comments by November 6, 2017. 

Compilation of Scoping Comments, by Topic Area

Scoping Letter NOTE:  We extended the comment period until November 6, 2017

Appendix A, Map 1-Prescriptions Map and Working Areas

Appendix A, Map 2-Slate Lick/Cross Mountain Working Area

Appendix A, Map 3-Mitchell Knob/Camp Run Working Area

Appendix A, Map 4-Feltz Ridge/Leading Ridge Working Area

Appendix A, Map 5-German River Working Area

Appendix A, Map 6-Blue Hole/Grove Hollow Working Area

REVISED Appendix A, Map 6-Blue Hole/Grove Hollow Working Area with Rocky Spur EA Units Shown

Appendix A, Map 7-West Side Project Area Note: the legend is missing a label for the dark grey units. They represent the harvest units that were previously approved in the June 20, 2016 Decision Notice for the West Side Project.

Appendix A, Map 8-Priority Watersheds and Road Decommissioning

Appendix B - Description of Road Decommissioning Options

Appendix C - Descriptions of Silvicultural Treatments

Other Resources

Recreation and Trails

Aquatic, Riparian and Watershed Resources

Vegetation, Wildlife Habitat and Forest Health

Photos of the Project Area

 

 

 





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