The Forest Service is seeking public input on a proposal to restore parts of the Sand Lake watershed and develop new trails north of Pacific City, OR. Proposed by the Hebo Ranger District of the Siuslaw National Forest, the purpose of the Sand Lake Restoration Project is to restore forest, aquatic, and dunes habitats while expanding non-motorized recreational opportunities.
The draft environmental assessment, which describes the project proposal and includes analyses on potential environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic impacts of the proposed actions, is scheduled to be released for a 30-day public comment period on November 25th.
Based on conditions in the project area, the proposal includes, among other actions, noxious weed removal; planting of native species; thinning young, dense forest plantations in order accelerate the development of functional wildlife habitat, as well as provide commercial timber products; replacing undersized stream culverts with structures that fish are able to pass through; decommissioning old logging roads that are causing resource damage and are no longer needed; prescribed burning; and new trail construction.
“Thanks to feedback we received on an earlier version of this proposal, we have adjusted this draft to better address the concerns of our local communities,” said Bill Conroy, Hebo District Ranger. “I’m looking forward to receiving additional feedback on this proposal, which will help guide my final decision on the direction of this project. As always, input from the public is a critical part of this process.”
The complete draft Environmental Assessment, including project area maps, are available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53176 under the analysis tab. Public comments will help inform the Hebo District Ranger’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. Comments must be postmarked or delivered within 30 calendar days following publication of the legal notice in the Tillamook Headlight Herald newspaper. The legal notice is expected to be published on Wednesday, November 25, 2020; however, the actual publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period.
Written comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or to William Conroy (District Ranger) c/o Hannah Smith, 31525 Hwy 22, Hebo, OR, 97122. Comments may also be faxed to 503-392-5143.