July 11, 2018 Update on the Northern Region Post-Fire Response

Release Date: Jul 11, 2018  

Click here to view this update in PDF format.

This update highlights post-fire harvest and mushroom harvest throughout the U.S. Forest Service - Northern Region following the 2017 fire season.

Post-fire Harvest

Lolo NF

The Sunrise Fire Salvage Project has been divided into two timber sales, Smoked Trout and Smokey Quartz. The Smoked Trout timber sale has been advertised and bids will open on July 12th.  The Smokey Quartz sale package is currently being reviewed by District and Forest staff prior to advertisement.

The public comment period has closed for the Sheep Gap Fire Salvage Environmental Assessment (EA). The planning team is currently analyzing and responding to comments received.

The public comment period will close at midnight on July 11th for the Rice Ridge Fire Salvage EA. The complete EA, along with supporting documentation is available on the Lolo National Forest website here.

Kootenai NF

The West Fork Fire Salvage and Restoration Project Emergency Situation Determination (ESD) request was granted on June 21st, and the Decision Notice was signed on June 29.

The Cub Creek Fire Salvage Project ESD request was granted on July 6th. The planning team is finalizing the response to comments received, and the Forest is projected to sign the Decision Notice the week of July 16th.

The public comment period has closed for the Caribou Fire Salvage and Restoration Project EA. The planning team is currently analyzing and responding to comments received.

Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF

The public comment period has closed on the preliminary effects analysis for the Little Hogback-Meyers Salvage Project. The planning team is currently analyzing and responding to comments received.

Emergency Situation Determination

The ESD requests for the Sheep Gap, Caribou, and Rice Ridge projects have been reviewed by the Washington Office and will be submitted for approval following completion of public comment review.

For more information please reference the 2018 Salvage Projects table on the following page…

Mushrooms

The commercial mushroom season has officially ended. The season ran from May 7 – July 7 and during that time 1,399 commercial mushroom permits were sold. Harvesting mushrooms for personal use will still be allowed on Forest Service lands throughout the Region.

Visit the Northern Region mushroom webpage for current information.

2018 Salvage Projects

Total Burned Acres

Proposed Salvage Acres

Scoping
Period

Public Com- ment Period

ESD Request Granted

Decision
Signed

Timber Sale Names
Sale Dates

Volume Sold  (MMBF)

Bluejacket CE
Nez Perce-Clearwater NF

1,010

80

Closed

N/A

N/A

12/01/17

Bluejacket
Sale Date: 3/30/18

1.2

Tamarack CE
Kootenai NF

413

199

Closed

N/A

N/A

11/08/17

Tamarack
Sale Date: 3/6/18

2.6

Gibralter Ridge CE
Kootenai NF

12,938

250

Closed

N/A

N/A

4/17/18

Gibralter
Sale Date: 6/12/18

0.5

Moose Peak CE
Kootenai NF

13,903

50

Closed

N/A

N/A

4/05/18

Moose Peak
Sale Date: 6/14/18

0.8

West Fork EA
Kootenai NF

20,072

5,300

Closed

Closed

6/21/18 

6/29/18

West Pipe
Pipe Bull
Projected Sale: 8/20/18

 

Cub Creek EA
Kootenai NF

7,080

1,624

Closed

Closed

7/6/18

 

Up in Smoke
Dirty Haines
Projected Sale: 8/14/18

 

Caribou EA
Kootenai NF

24,753

5,268

Closed

Closed

   

South Canada
Burnt Caribou
Young Fork
Projected Sale: 8/13/18

 

Moose Peak CE
Lolo NF

13,903

250

Closed

N/A

N/A

5/18/18

Fish Fry
Sale Date: 6/21/18

2.1

Liberty CE
Lolo NF

33,263

250

Closed

N/A

N/A

 

Liberty
Projected Sale: 8/13/18

 

Sunrise EA
Lolo NF

26,310

2,718

Closed

Closed

5/30/18

5/31/18

Smoked Trout
Projected Sale: 7/12/18
Smokey Quartz
Projected Sale: 8/1/18

 

Sheep Gap EA
Lolo NF

25,182

2,152

Closed

Closed

   

Burnt Beam
Projected Sale: 8/13/18
Black Sheep
Projected Sale: 8/30/18

 

Rice Ridge EA
Lolo NF

160,190

4,838

Closed

6/11/18

   

Rice Crispy
Fried Morrell
Dark Horse
Left Mule
Projected Sale: 9/19/18

 

Meyers EA
Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF **

62,034

331

N/A

Closed

N/A 

 

Molten Copper
Projected Sale: 1/7/19

 

Little Hogback EA
Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF **

34,352

1,200

N/A

Closed

N/A

 

Dead Wood
Projected Sale: 1/7/19

 


Key Contacts

T. David Smith, Director, Public & Governmental Relations
Phone: 406-329-3472
Email: thomasdsmith@fs.fed.us

26 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804



https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r1/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD586758