Community invited to view a portion of Quartzville-Middle Santiam Project Area on the Willamette National Forest

Sweet Home, Ore., Oct. 1, 2019Join the Sweet Home Ranger District on Oct. 17, 2019, for a field trip to the Quartzville-Middle Santiam (QMS) Project Area, located about 25 miles northeast of Sweet Home. The day will begin with a short meeting at the Sweet Home Ranger Station at 9 a.m., and will conclude around 5 p.m. Transportation to the QMS Project Area will be provided and will leave from the Ranger Station. Most of the day will be spent outdoors walking short distances on uneven terrain. Participants are asked to bring warm clothing, boots, rain gear and a lunch. Members of the QMS interdisciplinary team will be in attendance to answer questions. This field trip is a follow up to a public open house held in June.


“We had great discussions at the open house, and now we want to show the public first-hand what we would like to accomplish in the QMS project area,” said District Ranger Nikki Swanson. “A variety of topics will be discussed during the field trip including timber harvest, trails, fuels reduction and road work.”


The Sweet Home Ranger District is in the early planning stage of the QMS Project. The project area is approximately 87,000 acres in size. Forest management and restoration treatments are proposed on approximately 8,400 acres within the project area. Other actions considered for inclusion in the project are road maintenance, road decommissioning, fuels treatments and ecological restoration projects.


Participants must register in advance by Monday, October 14, to attend the field trip. Contact NEPA Planner Joanie Schmidgall (Project Lead) at (541) 367-3809 or at to confirm attendance, request special accommodations, or ask any questions about the QMS Project. 



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