GRANGEVILLE — Public access to City of Grangeville watershed property will be closed through February due to a timber management project currently under way.

“This is a temporary closure to maintain safety for all the citizens and the contractor,” according to city administrator Tonya Kennedy. Public safety and heavy truck traffic in this area – accessed off the Grangeville Salmon Road — are the main concerns.

“We will put out a notice as soon as it is done so people can use it for recreation,” she said.

Cottonwood contractor JG Logging is conducting the 130-acre project on two units in the watershed that estimates a harvest volume of 250 to 300 mbf of saw logs, along with pulp and tonwood. The city estimates its income from the sale between $40,000 to $50,000, which will go into the municipal water fund.

Harvest is being conducted for sanitation and salvage of dead, dying, defective and diseased trees, along with some commercial thinning to allow increased growth in remaining trees.

The city oversees a total 606 acres of watershed property, assisted by its contractor Northwest Management Services (NMI). NMI has been working with the city since 1987 and wrote the original management plan for the property, of which the goals include protection of water quality of Three Mile Creek, wildlife and forest health, reduce risks of wildland fires, reduce abundance of noxious weeds and provide the city with periodic income.

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