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Dolores Prescribed Fire Environmental Assessment Comment Period Begins

Dolores Prescribed Fire Pine Ecosystem Restoration Project


Dolores, Colorado - The San Juan National Forest Dolores Ranger District is accepting public comment on a pre-decisional draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Dolores Prescribed Fire Pine Ecosystem Restoration Project. The project would continue and expand prescribed fire activities, and conduct prescribed burns when weather and fuel conditions result in low-to-moderate intensity fire behavior.  The project area includes the Dolores District pine zone, from the northwest corner of “The Glade” to the southeast corner of Haycamp Mesa.  In addition, smaller oak mastication projects are proposed to improve wildlife habitat or create fuel breaks along the Forest boundary.  The purpose of the project is to continue efforts to restore and maintain pine ecosystems in areas where fire historically played an important role, and to reduce the risk of large, high-severity wildfire in ponderosa pine.  A prior public comment period occurred in June of 2017. 


The Environmental Assessment is available online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51633 . Copies of the EA are also available at the Dolores Public Lands Office 29211 Hwy 184, Dolores, Colorado.


The 30-day EA comment period will begin March 6th and end on April 5th.  Written comments can be mailed or hand-delivered to Dolores Public Lands Office, 29211 Highway 184, Dolores, CO, 81323, faxed to 882-6841, or via the electronic comment form on the project webpage, above.


This project falls under Objection Regulations at 36 CFR 218, subparts A and B.  In order to object to a proposed decision, a person must have previously submitted timely, specific written comments during identified public comment periods. Comments received are part of the public record.


For questions or to provide comments, contact Division 5 Fire Management Officer
Patrick Seekins at (970) 882-6836.




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