As of Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The Forest Service has completed all National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning and sale preparation work for the Woodrat Salvage Sale, one of the first Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) projects to be planned in the region. The Woodrat Salvage Sale auction is tentatively set for June 16 at the IDL Maggie Creek Supervisory Area Office.
Timber harvesting will begin on the very first one – the Wapiti Timber Sale – in the coming weeks, as soon as ground conditions permit. The Wapiti Timber sale will treat 216 acres to improve forest health and reduce fuels, and will generate more than $1.4 million in program revenue.
More GNA forest health efforts in Idaho are beginning to transition from start-up to implementation with timber harvesting set to begin in the coming weeks.
Most of the work associated with GNA in Idaho so far has been focused on securing commitments from partners, preparing projects at the local level, and signing agreements so that GNA projects can move forward. Preparation of new GNA projects will be ongoing.
The Woodrat Salvage Sale will treat 378 acres by removing dead and dying burned timber and planting new trees. The purpose and need for the project is fuel reduction, economic recovery, and ecosystem restoration following the fires of 2015.
It will generate 7.6 million board feet of timber and approximately $1.5 million in program income.
Timber harvesting on the Woodrat Salvage Sale could start in the weeks following the auction.
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are now working through NEPA planning on the Windy Shingle project. The project will treat more than 2,800 acres to reduce fuels and improve forest health.
Approximately $5 million in program income will be generated by these sales, which will be used for watershed restoration projects on-the-ground as well as data collection, analysis and monitoring for future projects.
The Forest’s focus for use of potential income is to expand capacity to increase the pace and scale of forest and watershed restoration activities by utilizing the efficiencies in IDL processes, including contracting of NEPA support, data collection, and other restoration activities.