Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project Record of Decision Signed

Release Date: Dec 8, 2017  

Contacts: Brian Harris, Public Affairs Officer, 208-634-0784 office, 208-634-6945 cell.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project

Record of Decision Signed

 

McCall, ID – The Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project final Record of Decision has been signed, and implementation can begin.

The project area encompasses nearly 50,000 acres on the Council Ranger District.  This is the third project of as many as eight the Payette National Forest is and will be conducting under our Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), with the assistance of the Payette Forest Coalition.


Forest restoration activities for this project include timber and biomass harvest to reduce fuel loading; road reconstruction, realignment, and decommissioning; culvert removal to enhance riparian areas; and thinning of sub-merchantable trees and the use of prescribed fire to restore healthy conditions and help protect communities from wildfires.

 

The project also has an emphasis on improving developed and dispersed recreation areas, improving and realigning existing trails, and developing new trail opportunities.

 

The Payette National Forest is actively conducting large scale forest restoration projects that are restoring our Ponderosa pine forests to healthy structure and function.  We are improving wildlife habitat, restoring fish connectivity, reducing road sediment, improving floodplain function, restoring upland and riparian vegetation, promoting large tree growth, reducing wildfire risks to local communities, encouraging the use of woody biomass and providing local economic benefits.  A fourth project (Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project, 67,000 acres) is under analysis now, and a fifth project is in initial planning stages.

 

“We look forward to adding to the accomplishments that we have already achieved in returning our forests to a healthy condition that can thrive into the future,” said Keith Lannom, Payette National Forest Supervisor.  “These restoration and collaborative projects are truly producing significant results on the ground and with our local economies.”

 

Other CFLRP Projects on the Payette National Forest: 

  • Mill Creek-Council Mountain Landscape Restoration Project, 50,000 acres – in the final phases of implementation. 
  • Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project, 80,000 acres – under implementation now.
  • Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project, 67,000 acres.  Decision expected in the spring of 2019.

 

For a summary of our CFLRP projects, please watch this video:  https://youtu.be/cowXrwSpQwY

 

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