ROSEBURG, OR – The public is invited to participate in a fieldtrip on Friday, Nov. 15, to the areas around Diamond Lake and Lemolo Reservoir to see both completed and proposed projects associated with the D-Bug Hazard Reduction Timber Sale project.
The fieldtrip will begin at the Ranger Station in Toketee, Ore., at 9 a.m. with a short history and current status of the project. The trip will conclude at 3:30 p.m. in Toketee. Participants should bring sturdy shoes, warm clothes, rain gear, water, and lunch.
The Diamond Lake Ranger District is the site of a mountain pine beetle epidemic causing tree mortality on several thousand acres. The D-Bug project is in response to the high risk of wildfire threatening life and property due to the abundance of dead trees coupled with years of fire exclusion in a popular recreation area receiving approximately 700,000 visitors a year.
The Umpqua Forest Supervisor signed a Record of Decision for the D-Bug Hazard Reduction Timber Sale Project in 2011. While actions described in that decision document are in different states of implementation, the agency plans to issue a second decision document in 2014 covering portions of the D-Bug project that were delayed while additional botanical surveys were completed to meet federal requirements.
The D-Bug Project is a Healthy Forest Restoration Act project initiated in 2007 that includes removal of fuel through commercial and non-commercial treatments in strategic locations, mostly along roadsides near recreation developments. Nine contracts involving 14.9 million board feet of timber are completed or in progress.
According to Forest Supervisor Alice Carlton, this fieldtrip is an opportunity to hear and discuss what the agency plans to implement under the second decision document.
To RVSP for the trip or get more details, contact Forest Environmental Coordinator Donni Vogel, at email@example.com or (541) 957-3466.