Huron Manistee National Forests seeks public comment on proposed Forest-Wide Red Pine Project

Release Date: Jun 5, 2018   Cadillac, MI

Contact(s): Susan Blake


The Huron Manistee National Forests seeks input from the public during a scoping period on the proposed Forest-Wide Red Pine Project to meet Forest Plan objectives. Responses must be received by June 28.

The scoping period is conducted early in a project’s development to seek input from interested parties and the public to aid the Responsible Official for the Huron Manistee National Forests in designing the project, using information gathered from the scoping period, the environmental analysis and to formulate the subsequent final decision.

The purpose of the proposed forest management actions in the Forest-Wide Red Pine Project area is to improve the growth and diversity of trees by thinning red pine stands, meet the Forest Plan objectives for long-lived conifers, manage red pine rotation as identified by the Forest Plan, restore and maintain habitat such as savannahs, prairies, grasslands and more. In addition, the proposed actions are designed to meet the Forest Plan objectives of managing wildlife, fisheries, plant communities, and preventing and reducing non-native invasive species.

“This project focuses on a variety of management opportunities associated with the red pine forest type across the forest,” said Natural Resources Staff Officer Chris Frederick for the Huron Manistee National Forests. “Our proposed actions are to improve forest health and the resiliency of individual forest types throughout the forest.”

This forest-wide project encompasses red pine dominated stands in across the Huron Manistee National Forests in Alcona, Crawford, Iosco, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mescosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Oscoda, and Wexford counties in Michigan.

After the scoping period ends, the comments received will be evaluated by a team of specialists and the Responsible Official to determine whether the design of this project needs to be changed or if alternatives to the proposed actions are necessary. An environmental assessment (EA) will then be prepared to disclose information regarding the results of the public comment period, expected outcomes and effects of the project, whether the proposed project is consistent with laws, regulations and policy, and determine if an environmental impact statement is required.

Detailed information on the proposed Forest-Wide Red Pine Management Project is available online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53605. For more information contact Lauri Hogeboom at (231) 775-5023 ext. 8744 or email us at comments-eastern-huron-manistee@fs.fed.us. Please include “Comments on the Forest-Wide Red Pine Project” in the email subject line.