Comment sought on Forest Restoration Project east of Tonasket

TONASKET – Forest restoration work, including thinning, prescribed burning and transportation system changes are proposed east of Tonasket Washington on National Forest System lands near Bonaparte Lake.

A team made up of nearly a dozen specialists in forest ecosystems, engineering and recreation has compared the current forest condition with what would have occurred historically, come up with a list of needs to improve resilience in the ecosystem, and analyzed the effects of implementing treatments proposed for meeting those needs. They’ve called it the Light Restoration Project; named after Lightning Creek, which falls within the proposed project boundary.

The Light Restoration Project area includes approximately 8,600 acres, of which about 270 acres lie within the Bonaparte Inventoried Roadless Area.

The environmental analysis (NEPA) process began with an open house to gather public input on what objectives people may have for the project area as well as what types of treatments might accomplish those objectives.A proposed action was developed for public comment in November of 2014.

Forest Supervisor Mike Williams is seeking comments on the proposed treatments and associated effects analysis.The Draft Environmental Assessment describing the environmental effects of the alternatives can be found online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44628.

To be most helpful, direct comments specifically to concerns or issues with the proposed action and alternatives. Comments will be accepted for 30 days from the day following publication of the legal notice of availability of the Draft document in the Wenatchee World. Comments submitted, including the names and addresses of those who comment will then be considered part of the public record for the project. Written comments can be submitted online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44628 (link to comment is on the right) and via postal mail or hand delivery to the attention of District Ranger Matt Reidy, Tonasket Ranger District, 1 West Winesap, Tonasket Washington 98855.

For more information, please contact Matt at the Tonasket Ranger District, 509-486-2186.

 

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.