Public meeting set to discuss South 21 projects

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The Salmon-Challis National Forest, Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District is conducting a National Environmental Policy Act analysis on the potential environmental effects of proposed management actions in the Cape Horn area (South 21 Project) northwest of Stanley, Idaho.

A community meeting will be held Friday, February 24, at the Challis Forest Service Office on Highway 93 from 4 to 6 p.m. and will include a discussion and presentation. We will also be using a collaborative process that includes people representing diverse interests.

The treatment area is approximately 3,000 acres and is located 15 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho.

The District is considering using prescribed fire as both a standalone treatment and as a follow-up to mechanical and manual thinning; prescribed fire may be applied through broadcast burning; treatments that follow mechanical and manual thinning may include pile, jackpot or broadcast burning. Prescribed fire may occur in Riparian Habitat Conservation Areas near streams; however, no active ignition would occur.

Mechanical and manual thinning treatments are proposed to reduce stand density and create buffers for prescribed fire. Retention of large trees would be maximized where it increases resiliency.

Current open roads would be used to access the project area during implementation.

Fire containment lines would be constructed with hand tools and chainsaws.

Public involvement

You are invited to participate in the NEPA planning analysis by providing specific written comments during this scoping period. Providing comments by March 13, 2017, will be most useful. Comments should be as specific as possible. Be aware that the comments received, including names and addresses, will be part of the public record. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered but will not provide the Agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents.

Written comments must be submitted to Katherine L. Wood, Challis-Yankee Fork District Ranger, 311 N. Hwy. 93, Challis, ID 83226, or by FAX to (208) 879-4199. Business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding holidays. Electronic comments must be submitted as an email message, plain text, rich text format (*.rtf), PDF or Word (*.doc) to comments-intermtn-salmon-challis-challis-yankee-fork@fs.fed.us

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