Ketchum Ranger District and Bureau of Land Management Shoshone Field Office to Host Open House Bald Mountain Stewardship Project to Be Presented

Sawtooth NATIONAL FOREST

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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Julie Thomas, Public Affairs Officer

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Ketchum Ranger District and Bureau of Land Management Shoshone Field Office to Host Open House

 Bald Mountain Stewardship Project to Be Presented

 

KETCHUM, ID

December 2, 2019

The Ketchum Ranger District (KRD) and the BLM Shoshone Field Office (SFO) are hosting an Open House on December 9th, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the Community Library in Ketchum and then again on December 12, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the Community Campus in Hailey.  Representatives from KRD and the SFO will be in attendance to answer questions and discuss the proposed activities.

The Open House is being held to get comments and to help the public understand the proposed project regarding an environmental assessment on a shared stewardship project to improve forest health within and adjacent to the Bald Mountain Ski Area. The proposed action is intended to remove insect infested, diseased, and dead trees, improve forest health, increase resilience to disturbance, reduce hazardous fuels, and initiate regeneration of forest stands. A detailed description of the proposal can be found on the project webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57171.

If you have questions regarding the Open House(s) you can contact the Ketchum Ranger District office at 208-622-0091.

The mission of the Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 30 percent of the nation’s surface drinking water to cities and rural communities and approximately 66 million Americans rely on drinking water that originated from the National Forest System.  The agency also has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 900 million forested acres within the U.S., of which over 130 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.)

 

 

 

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