USFS SEEKS COMMENT ON FOREST PROJECT

July 14, 2002 11:00 pm

ENTERPRISE — Public comment is being sought on a U.S. Forest Service proposal for Broady Creek.

The plan includes timber harvest, thinning, fuels burning, road closures and other management action on 7,000 acres in the Broady Creek area of the Lower Joseph Creek Watershed.

About 0.7 million board feet would be harvested in the Baldwin Vegetation and Road Management Project. The work would be done by removing individually selected trees to maintain a desired range of tree size and species.

Approximately 0.6 million board feet would be commercially thinned. Then underburning would be conducted to reduce slash and ladder fuels.

About 45 miles of public and private roads are open in the Baldwin area — or 3.97 miles of road per square mile.

Meg Mitchell, Wallowa Valley district ranger would like to have the road densities approaching the Forest Plan standard of 2.5 miles per square mile.

Mitchell proposes adding rock to three miles of road to prevent erosion and sedimentation, closing nearly 17 miles of road. This would reduce the open road mileage by 33 percent in the Broady Creek sub-watershed.

The public has expressed frustration with how roads are closed, Mitchell said. Of particular interest to her was the reaction to the proposed closing of eight miles of Broady Creek loop, Road 4600-505, and the connecting road 4600-545 along Broady Creek.

"I am willing to consider other options that would leave the roads open

while controlling sedimentation," she said.

Written and verbal comments are encouraged to be returned by July 29

to the Wallowa Valley Ranger

District, 88401 Highway 82, Enterprise 97828.

Telephone and e-mail comments should be made to Sophia Millar, interdisciplinary team leader at 541-426-5540 and at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it