Badger Fire Environmental Assessment Decision

Release Date: Jun 29, 2022

Sawtooth National Forest

 

Forest Service News Release

Acting Public Affairs Officer: Elizabeth Wharton

208-420-9936

elizabeth.wharton@usda.gov

www.fs.usda.gov/snf/

 

Badger Fire Environmental Assessment Decision

 

Burley, ID, 21, June 2022— This week, the Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District has signed a decision notice for the environmental assessment for post fire management actions in the area affected by the Badger Fire.

This decision will authorize multiple management actions that mitigate the lingering impacts of the Badger Fire that occurred in 2020 and burned 72,768 acres on the Minidoka Ranger District. 

This includes weed treatments, shrub planting, conifer seedling planting, salvage logging, seeding, recreation infrastructure maintenance and replacement, rebuilding fences for livestock grazing, and road and trail maintenance.

These actions will restore range and grazing infrastructure and the recreational opportunities that existed on the Forest before the fire, while minimizing the fire’s effects on natural resources and provide for public safety.

“We appreciate all of the help and assistance from stakeholders, partners and interested publics who helped the Minidoka Ranger District develop a proposed action” stated Kevin Draper, district ranger of the Minidoka Ranger District.

“We are thankful as well for all of the partner help in implementation of Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) projects, seeding and planting, invasive plant treatments, and stabilization projects that we completed and would not have been possible without the assistance from partners.” Draper said.

The signed Decision Notice and Final Environmental Assessment are available on the project webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59542. A printed copy of the signed decision notice and final assessment can be mailed upon request.

If you have any further questions about the assessment, decision notice, or would like to get involved in post fire management projects, please contact Scott Soletti at scott.soletti@usda.gov or by phone at (208)678-0430.

 

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