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Public comment sought for timber sale in Brice Creek watershed

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 30th, 2013

Comment period for Parker Wyatt Timber Sale ends Feb. 22

The Cottage Grove Ranger District is seeking the public’s thoughts on its plans for a timber sale to be located primarily in the Brice Creek watershed.

The District recently completed the environmental assessment of the Parker Wyatt Timber Sale, thus named due to the Parker and Wyatt creek drainages located there. The assessment is available for a 30-day comment period that began last Tuesday, Jan. 22. The assessment can be viewed at http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/umpqua/projects/projects.shtml. Members of the public can also request a copy of the document by contacting the Ranger District at 541-767-5000.

The Forest Service held two field trips to showcase stands of timber proposed for thinning as part of the sale to interested parties in October of 2011 and May of 2012, according to new District Ranger Joe Linn. Linn said the field trips were well attended and added that attendees had already brought forth concerns that have been used to propose alternatives for the timber sale. District silviculturist Leslie Elliott said the sale generally uses the Brice Creek watershed as its southern boundary and borders Dinner Ridge to the north.

The new environmental assessment analyzes the effects of two alternatives that propose to thin 591 acres of forest. The Forest Service is recommending Alternative 2, which would thin the 591 acres, create 28 acres of openings meant to enhance species diversity and wildlife usage and generate about 10.2 million board feet of timber.

This alternative would include the construction of about .14 miles of roads and reopen a previously built temporary road.

“The focus will be on commercial thinning of matrix land,” Linn said. “Some of the stands are in late successional reserves with old-growth characteristics. The primary emphasis will be timber production, but we also hope to thin stands to create openings.”

For the complete article see the 01-30-2013 issue.

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