The purpose of this project is to accelerate the vegetative recovery of the burned area. A total of 3,600 acres of upland forests and riparian areas will be planted with ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, western larch, and western white pine over a 3-4 year period.
This decision may be categorically excluded from documentation in an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment because the proposed action fits within the categories listed in 36 CFR 220.6(e), and there are no extraordinary circumstances related to the decision that may result in a significant individual or cumulative environmental effect. This decision is consistent with Category 5: “Regeneration of an area to native tree species, including site preparation that does not involve the use of herbicides or results in vegetation type conversion” at 36 CFR 220.6(e)(5).
This decision is not subject to administrative appeal as per 36 CFR 215(e)(1) which states that “Projects or activities for which notice of the proposed action and opportunity to comment is published and no comments expressing concern or only supportive comments are received during the comment period for a proposed action are not subject to an appeal”.
The Decision Memo is available on the following Malheur National Forest website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/malheur/projects/index.shtml. For a copy of the decision or additional information concerning this decision or the Forest Service appeal process, contact Rob Robertson at the Blue Mountain District Office at 431 Patterson Bridge Road, John Day, OR 97845; by phone at 541-575-3061; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .