[Federal Register: December 17, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 243)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Six Rivers National Forest, Mad River Ranger District, Ruth,
California, Beaverslide Timber Sale and Fuel Treatment Project
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.
SUMMARY: The Forest Service is proposing the Beaverslide Timber Sale
and Fuel Treatment Project to provide timber products to local
economies and to reduce hazardous fuels in strategically located high-
risk areas around communities in the vicinity of Ruth, California. The
Beaverslide planning area encompasses approximately 13,236 acres;
11,757 acres are National Forest System (NFS) lands and 1,479 acres are
in private ownership. The project would treat approximately 5,500 acres
of NFS lands by harvesting timber through thinning on approximately
2,800 acres, and reducing fuels on an additional 2,700 acres.
The proposed project would take place within the Upper Mad River
watershed on NFS lands administered by the Mad River Ranger District in
Trinity County, California. The legal location includes portions of the
following townships: Township 2 South, Range 7 East; Township 2 South,
Range 8 East; and Township 3 South, Range 7 East; Township 3 South,
Range 8 East, Humboldt Baseline and Meridian, and Township 26 North,
Range 12 West; Township 27 North, Range 12 West, Mount Diablo Baseline
DATES: Scoping for this project is planned for December 2008. The draft
environmental impact statement is expected by February 2009 and the
final environmental impact statement is expected in June 2009.
ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Thomas Hudson; Mad River Ranger
District; 741 State Highway 36; Bridgeville, CA 95526. Comments may
also be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
, attention of the Beaverslide Project or via facsimile
to (707) 574-6273.
Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names
and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record
for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be
accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide
the respondent with standing to appeal the subsequent decision.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Hudson; Mad River Ranger
District; 741 State Highway 36; Bridgeville, CA 95526 or by telephone
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD)
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
The Beaverslide Timber Sale and Fuel Treatment Project is designed
to contribute timber commodity outputs in support of the Six Rivers
Forest National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). One of
the goals of the LRMP is to provide a stable supply of outputs and
services that contribute to local, regional, and national social and
economic needs. The Six Rivers National Forest seeks to provide a
sustainable, predictable, long-term timber supply for local economies
(LRMP p. II-2).
The project area also occurs within the wildland-urban interface
(WUI) for communities in the vicinity of Ruth, California. In 2005, the
Trinity County Fire Safe Council completed a
Community Wildfire Protection Plan to address the fire risk surrounding
these communities. There are several homes and businesses in the area
that are within the WUI. Fuel hazards are moderate but fire risk
relative to human safety and property is high due to the number of
people in the area. The project is designed to reduce fire hazard and
risk to the community.
Purpose and Need for Action
Given Forest goals, and environmental conditions within the
planning area, the Purpose and Need for the proposed action is to:
Provide timber commodities that contribute towards the
Forest's goal to provide a sustainable, predictable, long-term timber
supply for local economies; and
Reduce fuel loading in strategic locations to improve fire
protection and human safety around communities in the vicinity of Ruth,
Within the context of meeting the purpose and need, there would be
opportunities for fuelwood or biomass utilization associated with
The proposed action is designed to meet the project's purpose and
need while meeting the standards and guidelines of the LRMP. The
Beaverslide Timber Sale and Fuel Treatment Project would treat
vegetation to provide commodities and reduce hazardous fuel conditions.
1. Approximately 20-30 million board feet (MMBF) of timber would be
harvested from approximately 2,800 acres within 95 treatment units.
Harvesting would be accomplished by utilizing ground-based, skyline,
and helicopter logging systems.
Actions connected with commercial timber harvest include:
Treating harvest activity generated fuel;
Constructing approximately 5.4 miles of new temporary
road, and re-opening/re-utilizing approximately 2.9 miles of existing
Constructing new landings and reutilization of existing
Hauling of commercial timber products on County Road 504
and Forest Service System roads within the planning area;
Felling and removal, where appropriate, of hazard trees
along haul routes; and
Decommissioning, maintaining, and reconstructing roads as
2. Fuel loading would be reduced on approximately 2,700 acres
within 20 fuel treatment units and 7 strategic fuel treatment
The responsible official will be the Forest Supervisor for the Six
Rivers National Forest.
Nature of Decision To Be Made
The responsible official will consider the comments, response,
disclosure of environmental consequences, and applicable laws,
regulations, and policies in making the decision and stating the
rationale in the Record of Decision.
This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides
the development of the environmental impact statement. Public scoping
will include notices in the newspaper of record and mailings of the
scoping package to interested and affected parties and posting of the
project on the agency's project planning web page and notice in the
agency's quarterly Schedule of Proposed Action. A preliminary scoping
package was mailed to interested and affected parties in October 2008.
It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times
and in such manner that they are useful to the agency's preparation of
the environmental impact statement. Therefore, comments should be
provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly
articulate the reviewer's concerns and contentions. The submission of
timely and specific comments can affect a reviewer's ability to
participate in subsequent administrative appeal or judicial review.
Dated: December 10, 2008.
Forest Supervisor, Six Rivers National Forest.
[FR Doc. E8-29706 Filed 12-16-08; 8:45 am]
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