WWNF Project Description
Analysis of fuels vegetation management needs in the area south of Phillips Lake; Little Dean Creek, Worley Springs, Black Mountain. The Forest will be preparing an environmental analysis to record and disclose the environmental effects of a proposed action to improve forest health, resiliency to disturbance, reduce the risk of wildfire within the wildland urban interface, and to provide economic benefit to the local economy. In addition, the project will increase the structural complexity and species diversity of vegetation to provide habitat for a wider range of wildlife species. The project area is approximately 16,946 acres on National Forest System lands.
Phillips lake, Baker City
Scoping Letter and Maps
The Little Dean Vegetation Management project covers over 16,000 acres and aims to improve forest health. Timber thinning, brush removal and green fuel wood areas that would be designated for firewood removal. Some wood from the non-commercial thinning will be designated for firewood removal.
15 miles of temporary road will be constructed in order to complete the work, afterwards these roads will be decommissioned. Unidentified, currently closed roads will be opened for the purpose of this project and then re-closed.
It is stated in the Scoping letter that this project will fall under the new “objection process” rather than the “appeals process”. This means that all comments have to be submitted before the Final Decision is made.