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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
For the full notice ..... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-12/html/2013-05574.htm