Minidoka Ranger District invites the public to tour the Albion, Raft River Aspen Restoration Project

Release Date: Aug 2, 2017  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  CONTACT: JULIE THOMAS, PUBLIC AFFAIRS

DATE: August 2, 2017                                 PHONE:  208-737-3262

 

 

Minidoka Ranger District invites the public to tour the Albion, Raft River Aspen Restoration Project

 

BURLEY, ID - The Minidoka Ranger District invites you to a tour of the Albion-Raft River Aspen Restoration Project located in the south end of the Albion Mountain Range and in the central portion of the Raft River Mountain Range.

 

The tour will be held on August 15, 2017 and will begin at 12:00 pm.  The tour will begin at the City of Rocks National Reserve/Castle Rocks State Park Headquarters and Visitor Center, 3035 South Hwy 77 Spur Almo, ID.  The group will travel together to each field site where treatments will be discussed.  We are planning two stops 1) off the Stines Pass road that will give us an overview of the Logger Springs/Almo Creek area and 2) at the Potholes area off Oakley-Elba Pass for an overview of that location.

 

The field locations have been chosen to allow for adequate parking, but please consider car-pooling with others, if possible. As you know, Forest roads typically require a high clearance vehicle. The field tour will likely last the full afternoon, and we encourage you to plan accordingly. Please bring water, sturdy shoes and personal things that will make you comfortable, it is likely to be hot.

 

A full scoping report with the Purpose and Need, Project Objectives, and an in depth description of treatments, and preliminary proposed project design features is available on the web on the Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50756.

 

 You can call the Minidoka Ranger District to request a copy of the full scoping report to be mailed to you if needed. The Ranger District is proposing restoration activities to improve and restore aspen habitats. The proposed action includes lop and scatter (slashing), cut and hand-pile, and prescribed fire treatments to reduce conifer encroachment and restore aspen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are unable to attend the field tour but wish to provide feedback on the project, please contact the project team leader, Stacy Smith, at 208-678-0430. Written feedback can be submitted via email (stacysmith@fs.fed.us) or regular mail (Minidoka Ranger District, 2306 Hiland Ave, Burley, ID 83318).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information about the Sawtooth National Forest call 208-737-3200 or visit the Sawtooth National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth and like us on Facebook at. https://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Forest-Service-Sawtooth-National-Forest/986556001373037

 

 

 

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