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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow Puderbaugh Vegetation Management project open for comment

Puderbaugh Vegetation Management project open for comment

BAKER CITY—The Environmental Analysis (EA) for the Puderbaugh Vegetation Management project within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is available for review and the public will have 30 days from February 5th to submit their comments. 
The Puderbaugh project covers approximately 36,000 acres within the HCNRA and is located approximately 22 miles southeast of Joseph in Wallowa County. 
The planning area encompasses the National Forest System lands formed by Summit Ridge and Puderbaugh Ridge on the east and Blackhorse Ridge to Jaynes Ridge on the west. Forest resources in the planning area are at risk of severe impacts from wildfire, insects and disease primarily due to high fuel loads, and high stand densities. 
The EA considers three separate alternatives for improving forest health and reducing high fuel loads in the project area, and the potential effects of those actions. Other actions and effects that were considered include development of a strategic fuel break along Forest Road 3965, and how to manage a current beetle infestation in the large ponderosa pine trees along a portion of the Imnaha Wild and Scenic River. Several issues were brought up by the public during the analysis process, including management of impacts from roads, and impacts on wildlife and soil resources. 
“Alternative B is the preferred alternative, which is the alternative that I’m currently leaning towards because it focuses on addressing the severe risks in this area without the need to change the status of Forest roads. The environmental analysis found that most of the impacts to soils and wildlife habitat effectiveness are either minor or can be mitigated without closing roads”, stated Kris Stein, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area District Ranger.
The document can be accessed on the Forest Service web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/wallowa-whitman/landmanagement/projects, or request a CD or hardcopy by contacting Jodi Feiling at 541-426-5521.
Written comments must be submitted to: Kris Stein, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, 201 East 2nd St., Joseph, OR 97846. Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc) to comments- This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it E-mails submitted to e-mail addresses other than the one listed, in other formats than those listed, or containing viruses will be rejected. It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period and ensure that their comments have been received. 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact District Ranger, Kris Stein at 541-426-5546.
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