Opportunity to Comment on Smokey Bear District’s Proposed Allison Canyon Fuelwood Project

RUIDOSO, NM, August 29, 2018 – The Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District is proposing to treat approximately 234 acres of piñon and juniper woodland just off of Forest Road 120B through a commercial fuelwood contract. This stand is overstocked with small diameter piñon pine/ juniper that have encroached into historical meadows and drainages. This area was burned over by the White Fire of 2011. This fire left most of the remaining trees as dead standing. The purpose of this project is to thin excess dead standing piñon and juniper while aiming to leave 1-3 larger snags per acre beneficial to wildlife and to provide a commercial fuelwood opportunity. The desired outcome of this project is to increase tree spacing, re-establish open meadows and increase plant diversity. Areas with deeper productive soils will be opened up to help re-establish grasses and forbs that provide grazing for wildlife and livestock. Clumps of trees will be retained in areas where live trees remain. A map of the proposed treatment area is shown in figure 1. The site is located approximately 6 miles east of Ruidoso, NM. The site can be accessed by traveling north on Forest Road 120B from US Highway 70. The legal location is T11S R14E Sec 1, 2, 11 & 12.

Additional information regarding these actions can be obtained from: Andrew Ellis, 901 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345; 575-257-4095; AndrewEllis@fs.fed.us; or on the Lincoln National Forest projects website - http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/lincoln/landmanagement/projects.


How to Submit Comments

Electronic comments including attachments may be submitted by email to comments-southwestern-lincoln-smokey-bear@fs.fed.us. Include the project title in the subject line. Written comments may also be addressed to: Jodie Canfield, District Ranger, c/o Andrew Ellis, 901 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345; or faxed to (575) 257-6174. Oral or hand-delivered comments must be received within our normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Smokey Bear Ranger District. The phone number is (575) 257-4095. Anyone submitting a comment is asked to provide their name and postal mailing address so that they can be added to the project mailing list. Comments submitted anonymously will be considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the Agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents.

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Figure 1. Map of the proposed treatment area https://www.fs.usda.gov/nfs/11558/www/nepa/109907_FSPLT3_4406780.pdf