Stanislaus National Forest to host open house on Dec. 10 on Rim Fire Hazard Trees Project; meeting will enable public, stakeholders to discuss project covering 7,630 acres before comment period ends on Dec. 16, says official
December 6, 2013
– The Stanislaus National Forest will be hosting an open house on December 10 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor’s Office (19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370).
“The purpose of the open house is to provide an opportunity for the public and stakeholders to familiarize themselves with the proposed Rim Fire Hazard Trees (Rim HT) project details, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. In addition, to answer questions prior to the end of the public comment period ends on December 16, 2013,” Jim Junette, Rim Fire Hazard Tree Team Leader stated.
Stanislaus Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski last month announced the proposed action for the Rim HT. The project proposes to improve public health and safety by removing standing hazard trees and other trees previously felled during fire suppression across 7,630 acres of National Forest lands within and adjacent to 148 miles of high use roads and other developed facilities.
The Rim Fire started on August 17, 2013 in a remote area of the Stanislaus National Forest near the confluence of the Clavey and Tuolumne Rivers about 20 miles east of Sonora, California. The fire burned 257,000 acres, and 155,000 of those acres were on National Forest System (NFS) lands, becoming the third largest wildfire in California history. The Rim HT project is the first action proposed as part of the Forest’s long-term strategy for recovery within the Rim Fire.
A scoping package and other project information are online at: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43032. The scoping package provides information related to the proposed action, the scoping process and how to submit comments. The Forest Service will use scoping comments to help identify issues or alternatives while preparing an Environmental Assessment, expected to be available for a 30-day opportunity to comment in February 2014. A final decision is expected in May 2014.
For additional information regarding this project, contact Jim Junette at the Stanislaus National Forest; 19777 Greenley Road; Sonora, CA 95370; or, call (209) 532-3671.