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Comment due March 31 on USFS Hungry Ridge Restoration Project

Comments are due March 31 for the USFS Salmon River District Hungry Ridge Restoration Project.

The project is located on Hungry Ridge, approximately 10 miles east of Grangeville. Its objective is to manage forest vegetation to restore natural disturbance patterns; improve long-term resilience at the stand and landscape level(s); reduce the potential risk to private property and structures; improve watershed conditions; and maintain/improve habitat structure, function and diversity.

The proposed action would use a combination of timber harvest, pre-commercial thinning, prescribed fire and reforestation to achieve the desired range of age, size and species mix. Road decommissioning, culvert replacements and other improvements are proposed to improve watershed health. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement will include two Forest Plan amendments. The first amendment would adopt the regional soils standards for the Hungry Ridge project, while the second amendment would allow mechanical treatment within Forest Plan Old Growth (Management Area 20) and reallocate some existing MA20 to stands better suited to old forest attributes. Direct comments: Salmon River Ranger District Office at Slate Creek, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office in Grangeville, or Barry Ruklic, 983-4026.

Information online:

www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/landmanagement/projects.

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