Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Completes Environmental Analysis : Upper Briggs Project Included in the Rogue Forest Restoration Initiative

Contact(s): Scott Blower, Acting District Ranger (541) 592-4001, Anne Trapanese, Environmental Coordinator (541) 560-3433, Chamise Kramer, Public Affairs Specialist (541) 618-2051

Medford, Ore. – The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has completed and published the Environmental Analysis for the Upper Briggs Landscape Restoration Project, as well as a Draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact. The publishing of this analysis and accompanying documents marks the beginning of the 45-day objection period.

The Upper Briggs project area encompasses 4,017 acres and is located approximately 11 miles west of Grants Pass, Oregon. Restoration work in the project area includes thinning and prescribed burning to promote vegetation diversity, preserve legacy pines and oaks, restore meadow habitat, and provide fire resiliency; decommissioning or storage of excess roads; and fish passage improvement. Connected actions include maintenance of roads within the project area and temporary road development. Resource protection measures are also included in the project design to reduce or eliminate unwanted effects to soil, protect visual quality, and minimize disturbance to wildlife. The overall objectives for this project are:

  • To strategically manage fuels to reduce the risk of large, stand-replacing fires and re-introduce controlled fire use on the landscape;

  • To maintain and restore structural and vegetation diversity in upland areas;

  • To conserve and enhance habitat for the northern spotted owl and other wildlife species;

  • To maintain and restore the species composition and structural diversity of plant communities in riparian reserves and wetlands; and

  • To re-establish more natural subsurface flow patterns and improve overall watershed function.

    The Briggs project is one of six projects identified by the Rogue Forest Restoration Partnership for inclusion in the Rogue Forest Restoration Initiative (RFRI). The Oregon Watershed Board (OWEB) recently selected the RFRI as one of four Focused Investment Partnerships recommended for funding for the next six years. The Rogue River-Siskiyou NF and its partners expect to work with communities on the implementation of the Briggs Project, and invites the community to become involved.  Partners include the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University extension, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative, The Nature Conservancy and Klamath Bird Observatory.

    The Environmental Analysis and all supporting documents can be viewed online, or a hard copy can be requested. More information on the objection process is also available online.