The project is designed to improve watershed and stream health while also creating a sustainable motorized access system and loop-based motorized routes. Several sites with substantial aspen regeneration would also be thinned to reduce competition and promote long-term aspen stands for wildlife habitat. The purpose of the project is to:
* Address the immediate and long-term access needs within the project area
* Reduce chronic sediment from the road system and return land to a productive status by using various treatments on roads
* Improve recreation access and forest diversity
The project area had extensive road systems built decades ago for timber management. Many roads on acquired Darby Lumber Company sections were built without water resources in mind and are negatively impacting local watersheds by chronically elevating sediment levels. There are approximately 275 miles of roads and 15 miles of single-track trail within the project area. Scoping for the project began last year and the forest held an open house at the Supervisor’s Office (SO) in Hamilton with resource specialists available to answer questions.
The EA is available online at www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot. Click on Land and Resources Management and select from ‘projects’ list. Limited hard copies as well as CD’s containing the EA are available at the SO in Hamilton and Darby Ranger District.
Submit comments to the Responsible Official: Chuck Oliver, District Ranger, by one of the following methods; mail: 712 North Main, Darby, Montana, 59829, FAX: (406) 821-4264, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please put “Comments on Darby Lumber Lands” in the subject line) in order to be considered. Comments on the EA are dueFebruary 23, 2015. For more information about the project contact Ed Snook at (406) 363-7103 or email@example.com.