U.S. Forest Service Seeking Input on ‘Ladybug’ Forest Health Project

Truckee, Calif. –The U.S. Forest Service is accepting public comments on the proposed Ladybug Forest Health and Fuels Reduction project. The Ladybug Project is located East of Stampede reservoir and West of the community of Verdi, Nevada along the western slope of the Verdi Range.

In the proposed project area, dead beetle-killed trees are intermixed with live trees making them highly susceptible to additional infestation and increasing the risk to overall forest health. Additionally, vegetation is encroaching within twenty feet of the Forest Service road corridor effectively reducing driver visibility and creating an unsafe condition for emergency personnel access. 

Vegetation treatments to improve forest health and road access are proposed on approximately 2,900 acres of National Forest System lands and include mechanical thinning of commercial timber, mastication of non-commercial trees and brush, hand thinning, and prescribed burning. 

If you have information you believe the Forest Service may not be aware of, or have a comment regarding potential effects of the proposed project, please submit those comments in writing to:

Jonathan Cook Fisher, District Ranger, C/O Courtney Rowe

Truckee River Ranger District, 10811 Stockrest Springs Road, Truckee, CA 96161.


Please submit your comments within thirty days of August 23, 2019.  Additional information, including detailed project maps and instructions on how to provide electronic comments, are located at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55750. For additional information concerning the proposed action, please contact Courtney Rowe, NEPA Planner, at (530) 587-3558.


ladybug forest treatment
On the left of this picture, untreated National Forest. On the right, treated National Forest. This picture represents similar treatments to those proposed in the Ladybug Project.