The Shield Insect and Disease Project proposes to address both forest health and visitor safety in heavily-used developed recreation sites within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument approximately 20 miles east of La Pine, OR. The 2,938 acre project seeks to identify overstory trees showing signs of future failure from diseases like gall rust in addition to trees susceptible to, or already damaged by, insect infestations.
The project proposes to minimize the impacts of insects and disease through small tree thinning, pile burning, mowing, mastication and chipping to reduce fuels and improve public safety within the developed recreation sites in the caldera while maintaining and enhancing ecosystem diversity.
Removing trees at risk, primarily lodgepole pine, and encouraging the development of longer lived species such as white fir and hemlock will accelerate the development of mid to late successional species, making these sites more resistant to insects and diseases into the future.
Written and verbal comments will be accepted for this proposal until the close of business on November 10, 2015. They may be delivered to Kevin Larkin, District Ranger, Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, Oregon 97701 or submitted via email, to: mailto:email@example.com
Please include in the subject line: Shield Insect and Disease Scoping Comments
If people have any questions about the project, contact Anne Trapanese, NEPA Planner, at 541-383-4028 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information about this proposal, visit the Deschutes National Forest Schedule of Proposed Actions at: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47385