WWNF Project Description
Sandbox Vegetation Management project will improve forest health and develop defensible fuel profiles in areas that are prone to natural wildfire. This project proposes areas of mechanical harvest/removal and prescribed burning, precommercial thinning, stocking density reduction, tree planting, hazard tree removal, road and soil restoration, and harvest removal by tractor, skyline and/or helicopter systems.
Catherine Creek, Union
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Fuelwood Removal Area – Roads 7700770, 7700772, 7700860, 7700900, 7700890, and 7700912 would be designated as open to public firewood gathering from May 1 – November 30, 2013.
Firewood gathering may occur within 300’ of the roads listed above as described on the WWNF fuelwood gathering permit. Existing closed roads used during the project would be returned to their closed condition at the conclusion of proposed treatments.
Road Decommissioning – The following roads have been identified in the Forest Minimum Roads Analysis and confirmed by the District interdisciplinary team as creating resource damage and no longer needed for future management of the National Forest System lands within the Sandbox project area. These roads would be decommissioned either at the completion of this project or when funds come available.
Road 7787742 – Approximate length of the road segment is 0.6 miles. The road begins at
the breaks of the South Fork of Catherine Creek, crosses one Class IV stream (intermittent non-fishbearing), and inclines down to the South Fork of Catherine Creek joining with the 7785702 road that has been previously decommissioned. The road has not been used in several years and is grown in. The culvert in the Class IV stream has been removed at some point in the past.
Road 7787732 – Approximate length of the road segment is 0.8 miles. The road travels
along the breaks of the South Fork of Catherine Creek and dead ends at a Class IV stream
(intermittent non-fishbearing). The road has not been used in several years and is grown in. Road 7787638 – Approximate length of the road segment is 0.4 miles. The road is located in a draw bottom road adjacent to a Class IV tributary stream (intermittent non-fishbearing) to the Pole Creek drainage. The road has not been used in several years.
Road 7700950 (from the junction of the 77000953 road to private land boundary) -Approximate length of the road segment is 0.3 miles. The road is a draw bottom road adjacent to Scout Creek, a fishbearing stream. This road is currently open to vehicle traffic and is closed at the private land boundary.
Road 7700908 – Approximate length of the road segment is 1.2 miles. This road is a draw bottom road for approximately 0.6 miles. The road is very overgrown and has not been used in several years.