JOHN DAY – The Big Mosquito and Starr Aspen projects on the Malheur National Forest will detailed for the public in a meeting Tuesday, April 15, at the Grant County Regional Airport.
At the session, which will run from 6 to 8 p.m., Blue Mountain Ranger District staff will offer project information, answer questions and accept comments.
The Big Mosquito project will include silviculture treatments, prescribed burning, riparian restoration activities, range water developments and fence construction, recreation interpretive site development and associated road activities over the next 10 years.
The project area, in the north end of the forest, encompasses about 36,000 acres in the Big Creek and Mosquito Creek sub-watersheds draining into the Middle Fork of the John Day River.
The aim is to restore forest resiliency, vegetation composition and diversity, and riparian communities to make the landscape more resilient to natural disturbances including wildfire.
The Starr Aspen Project will include aspen stand treatments, placement of large woody debris in streams, meadows, and wetlands, fuels treatments, culvert improvement and associated road activities.
It will be implemented over the next 10 years on approximately 800 acres within the Starr sub-watershed.
The aim is to improve aspen stands while providing wood products on a sustained-yield basis, and return stands toward their historical conditions. The project also seeks to improve fish and wildlife habitat, enhance stream and floodplain processes, restore fire adapted ecosystems, and reduce ladder and surface fire fuels.
For more information contact Sasha Fertig, Blue Mountain Ranger District NEPA Planner, at 541-575-3061.