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Public comment open on Lolo insect, disease project; public meeting March 7 in Kooskia

— A 45-day public comment period is under way on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Lolo Insect and Disease project. A public meeting on the project is set for March 7 in Kooskia.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is proposing forest management and watershed improvement in the Lolo Creek drainage. The Lolo Insect and Disease DEIS analyzes alternatives for regeneration and intermediate harvest, soil rehabilitation, road improvements, and other proposed work on National Forest System lands within the 78,500–acre project area.

According to the agency, the work would improve forest health, provide goods and services to the public, and improve wildlife habitat by addressing insect infestation and tree disease in the project area located 16 miles west of Kamiah.

Forest officials will meet with the public on Wednesday, March 7, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kooskia Community Center (26 S. Main Street) to discuss the project and DEIS.

The Lolo Insect and Disease project was initiated in 2013. The project’s interdisciplinary team anticipates a Final Environmental Impact Statement and a Record of Decision in December following the objection period.

The public can view the DEIS and learn about the project and how to submit comments online: For information: Sara Daugherty, NEPA planner and project team lead, or 208-926-6404.


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