Malheur National Forest

The Easy Fire Recovery Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) describes the effects of implementing four alternatives for recovery of National Forest System land and forest that burned in 2002 in the Malheur National Forest. The preferred alternative (Alternative 3) would salvage the economic value of dead and dying trees, reduce upland fuels available to future wildland fires by removing fire-killed trees through harvest on approximately 2,820 acres, and retain trees and coarse woody debris for site protection, wildlife and soil. Watershed improvements in the form of road maintenance and road closures would occur. Trees would be planted on about 3,918 acres. Forest Plan amendments are proposed for modification of Dedicated and Replacement Old Growth and Snag Guidelines. The Forest is in the process of seeking Emergency Situation status to minimize the economic value loss of the salvageable material.

The project is located in the Upper John Day and Upper Middle Fork John Day Watersheds, south of Highway 26 and east of Prairie City, in Grant County, northeastern Oregon. The main drainages located in the project area include Clear Creek, Easy Creek, and Mossy Gulch.

The opportunity to comment ends 45 days following the October 24th date of publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register. Only those who submit timely and substantive comments will be accepted as appellants (CFR215.6(a)(3)).

Responsible Official:

Roger Williams, Forest Supervisor

Malheur National Forest

P.O. Box 909, 431 Patterson Bridge Road

John Day, OR 97845

(541)575-3000

Send Written Comments to:

Eric Ornberg , IDT Leader

Middle Fork Ranger Station

46375 Highway 58

Westfir, OR 97492

(541)782-5217

Comments can also be submitted electronically to: comments-pacificnorthwest-willamette-middlefork@fs.fed.us" comments-pacificnorthwest-willamette-middlefork@fs.fed.us. Please submit electronic comments in either .doc or .pdf formats. Or comments can be hand delivered to the Responsible Official at the above address Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

In order to be eligible to file an appeal, each individual or representative from each organization submitting substantive comments must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request.

If you would like more information about the Easy Fire Recovery Project please contact Eric Ornberg, IDT Leader, at (541) 782-5217, or Brooks Smith, Prairie City District Ranger, at (541) 820-3800.

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