Author Topic: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Dillon Ranger District; Montana  (Read 1149 times)

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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Dillon Ranger District;
Montana; Birch, Willow, Lost Project

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.


SUMMARY: The Birch, Willow, Lost Project proposes to treat vegetation
communities in the four sub-watersheds that cover the project area. The
scope of the project is limited to those portions of the four sub-
watersheds covered by the project area boundary. This project is not a
general management plan for the watersheds, nor is it a programmatic
environmental analysis for vegetation communities.

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis will be most
helpful if received by April 11, 2013. The draft environmental impact
statement is expected October of 2013 and the final environmental
impact statement is expected March of 2014.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Attention Alex Dunn, Beaverhead-
Deerlodge National Forest, 420 Barrett St., Dillon, MT 59725, and
weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for hand delivery. Comments may also be
sent via email to: in
one of the following formats: Word (.doc or .docx), rich text format
(.rtf), text (.txt), and/or hypertext markup language (.html). Please
make sure to put BWL Project in the subject line. Comments may also be
sent via facsimile to: Attention Alex Dunn, BWL Project 406-683-3886.
For all forms of comment, make sure to include your name, physical
address, phone number, and a subject title of BWL Project.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Alex Dunn, Forest Environmental
Coordinator at (406) 683-3864 or via email at
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.


Purpose and Need for Action

    This action is being undertaken to contribute to the achievement of
the following Beaverhead-Deerlodge Land and Resource Management Plan
(Forest Plan) Objectives for vegetation within the project area: Aspen
Component--Increase the aspen component within Lodgepole pine and other
vegetation types, on 67,000 acres (Forest Plan pg. 44). Grassland/
Shrubland/Riparian--Reduce conifer encroachment on 74,000 acres of
riparian areas, shrublands, and grasslands (Forest Plan pg. 44).
Resiliency--Reduce forest density in the large size classes of dry
forest communities to maintain or improve resilient forest conditions
(Forest Plan pg. 43). Whitebark Pine/Sub-Alpine Fir Type--Promote
regeneration of Whitebark Pine on approximately 45,000 acres, largely
through the use of fire (Forest Plan pg. 43). This project is needed
because there is a difference between the existing condition and the
desired condition for the above vegetation types in the project area.

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