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Nurturing the Indian Creek Management area toward a more diverse future


The Forest Service is seeking feedback from the public on the Indian Creek Landscape Management Project north of Mapleton. The project is designed to promote the development of old growth characteristics by enhancing growth, health, structure, and diversity of forest stands, as well as enhance stream habitat for Coho salmon and other aquatic species.

The proposal includes thinning 6,500 acres of previously harvested young plantation forest, creating and enhancing wildlife habitat, treating invasive species, improving aquatic habitat through wood placement in streams, and ensuring measures are in place to reduce or mitigate potential impacts to fish and wildlife.

In order to accomplish this work, the proposal includes, among other actions, road reconstruction and maintenance, constructing new temporary roads, replacing culverts, and, upon project completion, closing or decommissioning approximately 16 miles of roads to protect resources and provide public safety. Based on community feedback, the proposal includes improving portions of Mann Creek Road to keep it open, rather than decommission it.

“Public input is a critical part of this process,” said Michele Jones, Central Coast District Ranger. “This proposal was crafted and modified based on feedback we heard during our initial public outreach, public meetings, and field trips. We’re looking forward to hearing what people have to say about it.”

The complete Environmental Assessment, including project area maps, is available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48438 or by contacting the Central Coast Ranger District at 541-563-8400. Public comments will help inform the Forest Service’s final decision on the project proposal. Only those who submit timely, project-specific written comments during the public comment period will be eligible to file an objection to the final decision. This public comment period closes on January 29, 2018.

Written comments should be submitted electronically to comments-pacificnorthwest-siuslaw-centralcoast@fs.fed.us. They can also be mailed to Michele Jones, Central Coast Ranger District, P.O. Box 400, Waldport, OR 97394, or hand delivered to 1130 Forestry Lane, Waldport, OR, during business hours (M-F 8:00am to 4:00pm, excluding legal holidays). For detailed information about how to submit comments see the project website or contact the Central Coast Ranger District.

For additional project information, contact Donni Vogel, Project Leader, at 541-563-8416 or email: comments-pacificnorthwest-siuslaw-centralcoast@fs.fed.us.

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