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RESTORATION PROJECT COMMENTS 3-28-14

The North Fork Ranger District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Upper North Fork HFRA (Healthy Forest Restoration Act) Ecosystem Restoration Project located in the North Fork Salmon River drainage between Gibbonsville and Lost Trail Pass Ski Area.

The Upper North Fork HFRA Ecosystem Restoration Project is an integrated hazardous fuels and forest restoration proposal on approximately 41,000 acres bisected by Highway 93. The purpose is to reduce hazardous natural fuels, restore plant communities and improve fish and wildlife habitat diversity while returning resilient conditions to this fire adapted landscape. Natural fuels would be reduced by using both commercial and noncommercial treatments in combination with prescribed burning using planned and natural ignitions. Restoration activities include decommissioning approximately 67 miles of previously closed roads; improving meadows, aspen, and whitebark pine stands; improving stream habitat and removing culverts, which will benefit three listed fish species.

The Draft EIS and instructions for commenting on the project are available at the North Fork Ranger District Office in North Fork, Idaho and the Public Lands Center in Salmon, Idaho, and on the internet at: Upper North Fork HFRA Ecosystem Restoration Project. Additional information regarding this action can be obtained from: Maggie Seaberg at (208) 865-2711 or email: margareteseaberg@fs.fed.us.

A public meeting will be held on April 9, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Salmon Valley Business Innovation Center in Salmon, Idaho and again on April 10, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Gibbonsville Improvement Association Building (old school) in Gibbonsville, Idaho. Everyone who is interested in this project is invited to attend this event.



For more information please call Maggie Seaberg, at 208-865-2711.






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