Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests; Idaho; Clear Creek
Integrated Restoration Project
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.
SUMMARY: The Forest Service gives notice of its intent to prepare an
Environmental Impact Statement for the Clear Creek Integrated
Restoration Project. The Proposed action would use a combination of
timber harvest, pre-commercial thinning, prescribed fire and
reforestation to achieve the desired range of age classes, size
classes, vegetative species distributions habitat complexity
(diversity) and landscape pattern across the forested portions of the
project area. Road decommissioning, culvert replacement and road
improvements are also proposed to improve watershed health. The EIS
will analyze the effects of the proposed action and alternatives. The
Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests invites comments and suggestions on the
issues to be addressed. The agency gives notice of the National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and decision making process on
the proposal so interested and affected members of the public may
participate and contribute to the final decision.
DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received
by February 15th, 2012. The draft environmental impact statement is
expected in February 2013 and the final environmental impact statement
is expected in November 2013.
ADDRESSES: Send written or electronic comments to Attn: Lois Foster,
Interdisciplinary Team Leader; 903 3rd St.; Kamiah, ID 83536; FAX 208-
935-4257; Email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Foster, Interdisciplinary Team
Leader, (208) 935-4258.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The objective of the Clear Creek Integrated
Restoration Project is to manage forest vegetation to restore natural
disturbance patterns, improve long term resistance and resilience at
the landscape level; restore natural fire regimes and reduce
fuels; improve watershed conditions; improve elk habitat effectiveness;
improve habitat for early seral species; and maintain habitat
structure, function, and diversity. Outputs (timber) from the proposed
action will be used to offset treatment costs and support the economic
structure of local communities and provide for regional and national
needs.For the full notice and references to road closing http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-09/html/2012-3004.htm