Annual Report ~ Fiscal Year 2011

2011 Highlights:

Restoration and Natural Resources:

  • Sold 35 MMBF in thinning from plantations in Late Successional Reserves, retaining receipts for ecosystem restoration on a whole watershed basis
  • Pixieland (a former amusement park) saw Fraser Creek restored to historic channel allowing tide to flow freely for the first time since 1968
  • Pilot unit for Minimum Road System. Stored or decommissioned 32 miles of road, while restoring fish passage at all NFS road crossings
  • $115,000 worth of Special Forest Products sold including permits for firewood, mushrooms, Christmas trees, and boughs
  • Best year for Snowy Plover and Coho salmon

Recreation:

  • Served more than one million recreation visitors and collected $1.3 million in recreation fees, providing some of the nation’s premier OHV experiences
  • EcoTreks at Cape Perpetua focused on rainforest ecology, coastal geology, wildlife, climate and the Civilian Conservation Corps
  • Valuing Place Field Ranger Program at the Oregon Dunes Day Use site saw 14,000 visitors. Some lucky visitors met Gifford Pinchot
  • Completed Cape Perpetua water and waste water project funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • Hebo Lake Campground Restoration complete—includes accessible fishing and camping opportunities, new facilities, deeper lake and better fishing

Partnerships:

  • Received Two Chiefs’ Award with NRCS and Partners for the spirit of collaboration used to conduct ecological restoration
  • Creation of Hebo Stewardship Group which expands stewardship authority across the Siuslaw National Forest and continued growth and effectiveness of Alsea, Marys Peak and Siuslaw Stewardship Groups
  • Alsea, Mid Coast, Nestucca-Neskowin, Salmon Drift, Siuslaw and Smith River Watershed Councils—annual average leverage of more than $1 million
  • Siuslaw Resource Advisory Committee—$700 thousand in Secure Rural Schools funding for FY12. Put $4.9 million back in to local communities in seven rural Oregon counties through current reauthorization
  • Oregon Field Guide spotlighted Salmon River project, Lichen Research and the Oregon Dunes

Community:

  • Received National Partnership Council Award for Collocation Team
    • New east wing at the Corvallis Forestry Science Lab reduces the footprint by half and meets the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standard
  • Coastal Valley Dispatch Center—interagency with the BLM
  • Forest Camp celebrated 20th camp having served over 3,600 sixth graders
  • Supported Latino 4-H Camp teaching classes about ecology, GIS and Forestry and providing transportation
  • Shared the Forest Service story at Tsalila festival, Kids Day for Conservation, Girl Scout Camp, guided hikes, classroom visits and more

Fiscal Year 12 Goals & Aspirations:

Restoration

  • Continue successful landscape-level restoration program
  • Begin implementation of Fivemile-Bell restoration as a capstone/focus effort and national CEQ pilot
  • Complete revision of Forest-level Roads Analysis identifying the minimum road system to move us toward an environmentally and financially sustainable transportation system

Recreation

  • Keep Route Designation EIS for the Oregon Dunes on track. Focus on public participation to build trust and partnerships for a successful outcome
  • Manage organization and infrastructure to provide a sustainable recreation program
  • Build awareness and enjoyment of natural resources and public lands by including visitors, children, and the public in the story of the Siuslaw and the Forest Service at unique places

Partnerships

  • Continue to support collaboratively-developed stewardship projects as the signature element of the Siuslaw’s ecosystem restoration program Launch first stewardship project for Hebo group
  • Foster collaborative solutions and a spirit of collaboration around recreation management, especially route designation and invasive species management on the Oregon Dunes NRA
  • Support partner-led and partner-funded recreation developments  

Expenditures, Receipts, Goods and Services:

Budget & Expenditures

  • Budget - $20,966,617
  • Expenditures - $18,875,806

Recreation

  • Annual Forest Visits (millions) - 1.4
  • Developed Site Capacity (people at one time) - 10,700
  • Trails Available (miles) - 215
  • Wilderness Managed (acres) - 25,500
  • Recreation Special-Use Permits - 43
  • Non-recreation Special-Use Permits - 185
  • Passport in Time Projects - 0
  • Total Recreation Fee Receipts - $1,286,000
  • Partnership/Leveraged Funds - $450,000
  • Congressionally Designated Areas:     
    • Oregon Dunes National Recreation Areas               
    • Cascade Head Scenic Research Area       
    • Three Wilderness Areas:     
      • Drift Creek Wilderness         
      • Cummins Creek Wilderness
      • Rock Creek Wilderness

Fire and Engineering

  • Wildfires (acres) - Forest Service Lands - 7.6
  • Person - Days Fire Support (w/ ADs) - 2,094
  • Number of Fires - 14
     
  • Roads Constructed (miles) - 0
  • Total Closed Roads (miles) - 394
  • Roads Reconstructed (miles) - 0
  • Maintained Roads - 358
  • Roads Decommissioned (miles) - 11.8
  • Total Passenger Car Roads (miles)     
    • Primary Low Clearance - 47.4
    • Secondary Low Clearance - 22.9
  • Total High Clearance Roads
    •  Secondary High Clearance - 563.5

Natural Resource Management

Forest Products               
  • Timber Offered (MBbf - Million Board Feet) - 37.09
  • Timber Cut - 61.15
  • Acres Reforested    259
  • Timber Stand Improvement (acres)  1,127
  • Christmas Trees Harvested - 339
  • Firewood (cords) - 2,886
Soil/Water/Wildlife/Botany
  • Wildlife Habitat Improvement (acres) - 17,703
  • Soil & Watershed Improvement (acres) - 5,380
  • Anadromous Stream Restoration (acres) - 37
  • Noxious Weed Treatment (acres) - 632

Forest Facts

  • Acres - 630,000
  • Elevation:             
    • Lowest - Sea Level
    • Highest [Marys Peak] - 4,097 Feet
  • Length - 135 miles
  • Width - 27 miles
  • Natural Lakes - 30
  • Anadromous Streams – 1,200 miles
  • Wildlife:
    • Amphibians and Reptiles - 26 species
    • Birds - 235 species
    • Fishes Over - 200 species
    • Mammals - 69 species

Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor’s Office
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541.750.7000
Website: www.fs.usda.gov/siuslaw
For visitor service and recreation questions for the Siuslaw National Forest call 541.750.7000. To learn more about the information in this Annual Report, contact Joni Quarnstrom, Public Affairs Officer by email jquarnstrom@fs.fed.us or by phone 541.750.7075.





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