Stanislaus National Forest, CA; Notice of Intent To Prepare an
Environmental Impact Statement for Rim Fire Recovery
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.
SUMMARY: The Stanislaus National Forest proposes to remove hazard trees
and dead trees within the Rim Fire perimeter in the Stanislaus National
Forest in order to: capture the economic value of those trees which
pays for their removal from the woods and potentially other future
restoration treatments; provide for greater worker and public safety;
reduce fuels for future forest resiliency to fire; and, improve road
infrastructure to ensure proper hydrologic function.
DATES: Comments on the proposed action should be submitted within 30
days of the date of publication of this Notice of Intent. Completion of
the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is expected in April
2014 and the Final EIS in August 2014.
ADDRESSES: Comments may be: mailed to the Stanislaus National Forest;
Attn: Rim Recovery; 19777 Greenley Road; Sonora, CA 95370; delivered to
the address shown during business hours (M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.);
or, submitted by FAX (209) 533-1890. Submit electronic comments, in
common (.doc, .pdf, .rtf, .txt) formats, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
with Subject: Rim Recovery.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Benech, Stanislaus National
Forest, 19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370, phone (209) 532-3671, or
. A scoping package, maps and other information
are online at: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43033
The Rim Fire started on August 17, 2013, in a remote area of the
Stanislaus National Forest near the confluence of the Clavey and
Tuolumne Rivers about 20 miles east of Sonora, California. Over the
next several weeks it burned 257,314 acres, including 154,430 acres of
National Forest System (NFS) lands, becoming the third largest wildfire
in California history. The Rim Fire Recovery project is located within
the Rim Fire perimeter in the Stanislaus National Forest on portions of
the Mi-Wok and Groveland Ranger Districts.
Purpose and Need for Action
On August 22, 2013, after determining that conditions within the
burn area were unsafe for public travel, Forest Supervisor Susan
Skalski issued a temporary Forest Order (STF 2013-08) that prohibited
public use within the burn area. The Forest Supervisor issued several
updates changing the closure area to meet the current situation on the
ground (2013-09 on 8/23/2013; 2013-10 on 8/31/2013; 2013-11 on 9/12/
2013; 2013-14 on 9/27/2013). On November 18, 2013, the Forest
Supervisor issued the current temporary Forest Order (STF 2013-15) that
prohibits public use within the burn area until November 18, 2014.
Vegetation burn severities in the project area varied from low to
high, but many areas contain trees killed or so severely damaged that
they are not expected to survive.
The primary purposes of this project are to: capture the economic
value of hazard trees and dead trees which pays for their removal from
the woods and potentially other future restoration treatments; provide
for greater worker and public safety; reduce fuels for future forest
resiliency to fire; and, improve road infrastructure to ensure proper
Proposed ActionFor the full notice please check.... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-06/html/2013-29135.htm