“The objectives of the Bybee Vegetation Management project are to improve forest stand conditions, which includes stand diversity, density and structure. This will enhance forest health and resiliency in the Upper Rogue Watershed. This project also provides for commercial timber products while reducing the risk of high-intensity wildfires,” said Forest Supervisor Rob MacWhorter.
The Bybee project planning area is approximately 16,000 acres in size with Crater Lake National Park signifying the project boundary on the east side, Highway 230 on the west, Highway 62 on the south and Forest Road 6535-900 on the north. This area was chosen for treatment due to a need to thin timber stands to treat diseased conditions, increase tree growth, and provide for fire, insect and disease resistance. The dominant forest types in the project planning area are Douglas-fir / white fir, white fir / Douglas-fir, and lodgepole pine.
Under several alternative options for treatment, the Environmental Assessment (EA) would potentially authorize commercial timber harvest treatments producing anywhere from 10-45 million board feet and road construction ranging between 2-13 miles of temporary roads. All of the alternative options would include approximately 450 acres of natural fuels reduction treatments, approximately 5 miles of road decommissioning, the creation of additional snags for wildlife and other habitat enhancements, soil restoration, planting, stand improvement and animal damage control.
The EA, appendices and maps can be reviewed online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/rogue- siskiyou/landmanagement/projects or reviewed at the Medford Interagency Office (MIO) at 3040 Biddle Road in Medford. Business hours are from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The public may submit comments in a variety of ways: hand-delivered written, oral comments, faxed comments or electronic comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please include “Bybee” in the subject line.)
For additional project information or questions on how to provide comments, contact Sasha Fertig (Environmental Coordinator) at 541.618.2127 or Craig Davis (Acting Timber Management Assistant) at541.560-3469.