Project for Piney forest approved
EAGLE — The Forest Service announced that a Final Decision Notice was signed by District Ranger Dave Neely last week for the Piney 2012 Project on the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District of the White River National Forest.
The project is designed to create favorable growing conditions for forest regeneration following the mountain pine beetle epidemic. The project will also reduce the accumulation and continuity of future heavy fuel loading and provide commercial forest products and/or biomass to local industries. The Environmental Assessment, Final Decision and Finding of No Significant Impact may be viewed online at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=38657.
According to Neely, more than 90 individuals and organizations provided input on the project during two different public involvement periods, but no formal objections were filed when the draft decision was issued in mid-July.
“We understand there isn’t universal support for timber and biomass harvesting, but it is fundamentally important for responsible forest management to maintain forest health,” Neely said. “With this project we are addressing concerns about wildfire hazard, creating a sustainable forest, providing wood products for homes, businesses, and schools, and supporting local jobs. It was a great experience working with all the partner groups and individuals who engaged on making this a better project.”
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