Final decision signed for Parachute Fuels project near Powell

Kamiah, Idaho (May 3, 2019) – Lochsa/Powell District Ranger Brandon Knapton has signed a Decision Memo for the Parachute Fuels project, located in the Wildland Urban Interface near Powell. This project provides for defensibility of residences and property as well as the safety of the public and wildland firefighters, and reduces the continuity of hazardous fuels across the landscape adjacent to private residences through timber harvest and fuel reduction.

The Parachute Fuels decision authorizes approximately 80 acres of intermediate harvest and up to four acres of regeneration harvest along Forest Service Road #5628 using an authority for wildfire resilience under the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, as amended. These treatments enhance public and firefighter safety by modifying the continuity and structure of fuels, lessening the potential for severe fire behavior affecting the Wildland Urban Interface. These treatments also promote the growth and establishment of fire–resilient tree species like western larch and Ponderosa pine. Some roadwork is included as part of the final project decision, including one quarter–mile of temporary road construction and reconditioning, maintenance, and reconstruction of existing system roads.

Public involvement helped shape the final decision for the Parachute Fuels project. A public meeting to collaboratively develop the project’s proposed action was held in May 2018 at the Powell Ranger Station. The proposed action went out for scoping in November 2018 and a letter was sent to interested parties inviting public comment on the project at that time.

The forest plans to begin implementing the Parachute Fuels project in fall 2019.

For more information about the Parachute Fuels project and to read the Decision Memo, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53645. Questions can be direct to Sara Daugherty, Project Team Lead: sara.daugherty@usda.gov.

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