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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow Puderbaugh project seeks public comment

Puderbaugh project seeks public comment

Vegetation management project includes removal of forest products

An environmental analysis for the Puderbaugh Vegetation Management project is available for review. The public has 30 days from Feb. 5 to submit comments. 

The Puderbaugh project covers approximately 36,000 acres within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is located approximately 22 miles southeast of Joseph. 

Puderbaugh encompasses national forest 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 analysis considers three 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 were considered include development of a strategic fuel break along Forest Road 3965 and how to manage a current beetle infestation in 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,” said Kris Stein, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area District Ranger. “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.” 

The document can be accessed on the Forest Service website at www.fs.usda.gov/projects/wallowa-whitman/landmanagement/projects. Or request a CD or hard copy by contacting Jodi Feiling at 541-426-5521.

Written comments must be submitted to Kris Stein, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, 201 E. Second St., Joseph, OR 97846. Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text, rich text format or Word to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Emails submitted to email addresses other than the one listed, in other formats than those listed or containing viruses will be rejected. 

For more information, contact District Ranger Kris Stein at 541-426-5546.

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