Forest releases draft decision notice and final environmental assessment for Indian Creek Restoration Project

Release Date: Jul 6, 2018  

The Central Coast Ranger District has released the Final Environmental Assessment, Draft Decision Notice with the selection of Alternative 2, and finding of no significant impact for the Indian Creek Restoration Project. The release of these documents mark the start of a 45-day objection period for members of the public who have previously submitted comments on this project.

“Public input was a critical part of this process” said Michele Jones, Central Coast District Ranger. “I want to thank the public and our partners for their interest and continued engagement during this process.  Their commitment to working with the Forest Service has helped us to design important restoration projects within the Indian Creek watershed.  I appreciate their help.”

The Indian Creek Restoration Project is designed to promote the development of old growth characteristics by enhancing growth, health, structure, and diversity of forest stands, as well as enhance stream habitat for Coho salmon and other aquatic species. The proposal includes thinning 6,580 acres of previously harvested young plantation forest, creating and enhancing wildlife habitat, treating invasive species, improving aquatic habitat through placement of wood in streams, and ensuring measures are in place to reduce or mitigate potential impacts to fish and wildlife.

In order to accomplish this work, the proposal includes, among other actions, road reconstruction and maintenance, constructing new temporary roads, replacing culverts, and, upon project completion, closing or decommissioning approximately 16 miles of roads to protect resources and provide public safety. Based on community feedback, the proposal includes improving portions of Mann Creek Road to keep it open, rather than decommission it as was initially proposed.

A 45-day public objection period began with the posting of a legal notice on July 6 in the Eugene Register-Guard. Members of the public who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project during the scoping or comment period may file written objections to: Forest Supervisor, Siuslaw National Forest, Attn. Objections, 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331, or objections-pnw-regional-office@fs.fed.us.

The complete project documents, including the cover letter, environmental assessment, draft decision notice and finding of no significant impact, and maps, are available for review online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48438; at local public libraries (Corvallis, Eugene, Siuslaw/Florence, Mapleton, Newport, Waldport, and Yachats); the Central Coast Ranger District Office at 1130 Forestry Lane, Waldport, OR; the Oregon Dunes NRA office at 855 Hwy 101, Reedsport, OR; or the Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR. When accessing the documents online, click on the “Analysis” tab under “Project Documents”.