Twisp Restoration Project begins with 30-day public scoping period; Open House scheduled for November 21

The Forest Service is seeking public comments on the 77,038-acre collaborative Twisp Restoration Project proposal located southwest of Twisp, WA. 

The area is in need of proactive forest management. The primary focus of the project is to restore forest health, reduce wildfire risk, improve watershed functions and maintain and protect wildlife habitats. 

“Through this project, we have a real opportunity to restore this special place and better protect nearby communities at the same time,” said Eireann Pederson, a silviculturist with the USDA Forest Service, and project team leader. “We’ll be looking at all of the tools in our restoration toolbox including commercial thinning, prescribed fire, wildlife habitat and aquatic restoration.”  

Key project information:

  • This restoration project will take a holistic look at the current condition of the forest assessing social, terrestrial, aquatic, access, recreation, and other important values.
  • Restoration may include both terrestrial and aquatic work such as prescribed fire, forest thinning, stream improvements, road work and more.

“The Methow Valley is a unique place and we want to be sure your voice is included right from the start,” added Pederson. “Please comment during the earliest phase of the project as we work to develop a good path forward for this landscape and the people who love it.”

An open house will be held from 5-7 pm Thursday November 21, 2019 at the Methow Valley Community Center gymnasium, located at 201 WA-20 in Twisp, WA.

In accordance with federal regulations, the Forest Service will offer a 30-day scoping period on the draft proposal, which will open on November 12, 2018 and close on December 12, 2018.

More information is available on the project website:  
fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56554

Comments can be submitted here:
cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=56554

Interactive Project Story Map

Following the comment period the Forest Service will finalize the proposed action in January and then analyze the proposed action and any alternatives. A public comment period on the draft analysis document is expected in late summer 2020, and a final environmental analysis and draft decision are expected in the summer of 2021.

For additional information about the Twisp Restoration Project, please contact Eireann Pederson, Project Team Leader, at (509) 996-4018 or eireann.pederson@usda.gov

Twisp valley

Looking west up the Twisp River Valley towards Sawtooth Ridge and the area where Buttermilk Creek, War Creek, Lime Creek, and Canyon Creek converge with the Twisp River. In the background, the 2018 Crescent Fire scar is visible along the ridge. Credit: USDA Forest Service photo L.Cerise

 


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