“About a year ago, we published a proposal for completing restoration work on just over 5,000 acres in the Crawfish area,” said Dale Olson, Tonasket District Ranger. “This field trip is an opportunity get together with interested stakeholders and visit some of the areas proposed for treatment. It is an opportunity to have on-site discussions about the work that our specialists are prescribing to reduce conifer competition in aspen stands, decommission unneeded roads and to reduce the potential for high intensity fires.
After reviewing public comments on the proposed action, the interdisciplinary made adjustments, and has been working to analyze effects of the revised project on the environment.
The September 22, field trip, will provide an opportunity for the interdisciplinary team to meet with interested groups and individuals on-site to look at some of the stands and roads included in the proposed action. In addition to visiting nearby areas that have already received similar treatment, participants will see sample marking in stands of trees in the project area and have a chance to participate in discussions about the silvicultural and fuel prescriptions.
The environmental assessment for this project is not quite finished, but will be completed soon.
The field trip will start from the Tonasket Ranger District Office at 9:00 a.m. and return to the office around 4:00 p.m. The Forest Service can provide transportation. Please contact Paul Nash, our project Team Leader, by September 17 to reserve a seat, or to get more information about the Crawfish Restoration Project. Paul’s phone number is (509)486-5153 or he can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants should bring a sack lunch and, since it’s the first day of fall, it would be a good idea to pack rain gear and clothing appropriate for cool and wet weather.