Public input sought on Parkview Creek Vegetation Project

Media Contact: Aaron Voos, (307)745-2323

 

News Release (PDF)

 

(WALDEN, Colo.)  March 7, 2019 – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Parks Ranger District, is seeking public input on the proposed Parkview Creek Vegetation Management Project in Jackson Co., Colo.

 

The project area is located about 25 miles southeast of Walden, within the Illinois River watershed. That location is in the Routt National Forest, which has been heavily impacted by the mountain pine beetle epidemic since approximately 2005, resulting in high mortality of lodgepole pine.

 

The main purposes of the project would be to address effects of declined forest health and reduce risk to public safety due to dead snags. The project would promote a resilient forest through the use of vegetation treatments on up to 2,789 acres of National Forest System lands. Additionally, it would prohibit the establishment of permanent roads and would include decommissioning of temporary roads created by the project within three years of project completion.

 

Public comments would be most helpful by April 1, 2019. Members of the public who are interested in attending an open house to explore ideas about treatment area details should contact the District by that same date. Collaboration is desired on this project and the open house for interested parties is expected to take place April 4, 2019.

 

The proposed project would be implemented in conformance with a “Farm Bill CE,” an aspect of the 2014 Farm Bill’s amendment to the 2003 Healthy Forests Restoration Act. The amendment provides a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) “categorical exclusion” applicable to qualifying insect and disease projects in designated areas on National Forest System lands.

 

The project web site is located at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55375.

 

Feedback can be mailed or hand delivered to - U.S. Forest Service, attn.: Adam Bromley, 100 Main St., Walden, CO, 80480.

 

For additional information or to email comments, contact Adam Bromley, Timber Management Assistant, Parks Ranger District, at abromley@fs.fed.us or (970) 723-2719.





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