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Project: Cottonwood Forest Management Project

Project Status: Planning Completed
Office Location: Medford
Resource Area: Ashland
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0003-EA  Finding of No Significant Impact
Document Publish Date: 5/13/2014
Summary: The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cottonwood Forest Management Project (DOI-BLM-ORM060-2011-0003-EA) documented the environmental analysis conducted to estimate the site-specific effects on the human environment that may result from the implementation ofthe Cottonwood Forest Management proposal. In response to public comments received during the EA review period, minor revisions were made to the EA for the purposes ofclarification. The Revised EA, original Decision Record, and FONSI were posted on the Medford District BLM website on August 23, 2011 (http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/plans/index.php).
Contact: Ted Hass
Contact Phone: 541-618-2253
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0003-EA  Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 5/13/2014
Summary: This document describes my decision, and reasons for my decision, regarding the selection of a course ofaction to be implemented under Decision #4 ofthe Cottonwood Forest Management Project. The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cottonwood Forest Management Project documented the environmental analysis conducted to estimate the site-specific effects on the human environment that may result from the implementation of the Cottonwood proposal. The Cottonwood EA was issued for public review on July 1, 2011. Notification of the availability ofthe EA was published in Medford's Mail Tribune newspaper on July 6, 2011; the EA was posted on BLM's Medford District Website on July 5, 2011.The EA public review period ended on August 4, 2011. In response to public comments received during the EA review period, minor revisions were made to the EA for the purposes of clarification. The Revised EA, original Decision Record, and the original Finding ofNo Significant Impact (FONSI) were posted on the Medford District BLM website on August 23, 20 11 (http://www.blm.gov/orldistricts/medford/plans/index.php). The original Decision Record and FONSI dated August 23, 20 11 did not include or address the treatment units in this decision and, therefore, a FONSI for Decision Record #4 will be released simultaneously with this decision record and posted on the Medford District BLM website.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : 5/15/2014
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : 5/30/2014
Contact: Ted Hass
Contact Phone: 541-618-2253
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011 -0003-EA  Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 5/13/2014
Summary: This decision is to provide for the withdrawal of Decision Record #2 for the Cottonwood Forest Management Project, dated January 24, 2014, and to amend the Decision Record for the Cottonwood Forest Management Project dated August 23, 20 13.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : 5/15/2014
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : 5/30/2014
Contact: Ted Hass
Contact Phone: 541-618-2253
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0003-EA  Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 1/27/2014
Summary: This decision is for the road construction of 1.15 miles of new permanent road to provide access to units 20-1 and 20-2. There are no other new decisions in this document. In addition, in response to the United States District Court Order in Soda Mountain Wilderness Council v. BLM, dated September 6, 2013, this document re-affirms my previous decision dated August 23, 2011 and supplements my reasoning for that decision regarding the selection of a course of action to be implemented for the Cottonwood Forest Management Project.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : 1/29/2014
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : 2/12/2014
Contact: Ted Hass
Contact Phone: 541-618-2253
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0003-EA  Environmental Assessment
Document Publish Date: 8/23/2011
Summary: The Revised (August 2011)Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cottonwood Forest Management Project documents the environmental analysis conducted for BLM's proposal to harvest timber on 1,108 acres. Forest thinning treatments, designed under the principles of sustained yield forestry, are tailored to forest and site conditions to provide for long-term sustainable forest production. Forest management would be designed to improve tree vigor and growth, reduce the impacts of forest disease, and promote the maintenance of fire resilient species such as pine and incense cedar, while maintaining habitat for the northern spotted owl. Unit-specific activity fuels treatments and pre-commercial thinning are also included in the project proposal. An estimated 1.5 miles of permanent road and 0.6 mile of temporary road are proposed for construction to access harvest units. An estimated 36 miles of existing roads would be used as haul routes and improved as needed to meet BLM standards. This EA was originally published for public review on July 1, 2011. The public review period ended on August 4, 2011. The EA has been revised to make minor corrections and to provide additional discussion for clarifying information in response to public comments received.
Public Review Start Date : N/A - Historic
Public Review End Date : N/A - Historic
Contact: Kristi Mastrofini
Contact Phone: (541) 618-2384
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0003-EA  FONSI/Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 8/23/2011
Summary: The Ashland Resource Area Field Manager has decided to implement, in part, actions proposed and analyzed in Alternative 2 in the Cottonwood Forest Management Project EA. The Cottonwood Forest Management Project is designed to provide for long-term sustainable forest production. Forest management is designed to improve tree vigor and growth, reduce the impacts of forest disease, and promote the maintenance of fire resilient species such as pine and incense cedar, while maintaining habitat for the northern spotted owl. This document contains the Decision Record,the Finding of No Significant Impact, and Appendix A of the EA, Public Involvement Comment Analysis, Response to Comments Received for the Cottonwood Forest Management Project EA.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : 8/26/2011
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : 9/09/2011
Contact: Kristi Mastrofini
Contact Phone: (541) 618-2384
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0003-EA  Environmental Assessment
Document Publish Date: 7/05/2011
Summary: The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cottonwood Forest Management Project is available for public review. The BLM proposes to harvest timber on 1,108 acres. Forest thinning treatments, designed under the principles of sustained yield forestry, are tailored to forest and site conditions to provide for long-term sustainable forest production. Forest management would be designed to improve tree vigor and growth, reduce the impacts of forest disease, and promote the maintenance of fire resilient species such as pine and incense cedar, while maintaining habitat for the northern spotted owl. Unit-specific activity fuels treatments and pre-commercial thinning are also included in the project proposal. An estimated 1.5 miles of permanent road and 0.6 mile of temporary road are proposed for construction to access harvest units. An estimated 36 miles of existing roads would be used as haul routes and improved as needed to meet BLM standards. We welcome your comments on the content of the EA. We are particularly interested in comments that address one or more of the following: (1) new information that would affect the analysis, (2) information or evidence of flawed or incomplete analysis; (3) BLM's determination that there are no significant impacts associated with the proposed action, and (4) alternatives to the Proposed Action that would respond to purpose and need. Specific comments are the most useful. Comments are due by 4:30 PM, August 4, 2011.
Public Review Start Date : 7/05/2011
Public Review End Date : 8/04/2011
Contact: Kristi Mastrofini
Contact Phone: (541) 618-2384
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0003-EA  Scoping Letter
Document Publish Date: 11/22/2010
Summary: The field trip planned for November 23, 2010 has been cancelled due to weather and road conditions.
Public Review Start Date : 11/22/2010
Public Review End Date : 12/30/2010
Contact: Kristi Mastrofini
Contact Phone: (541) 618-2384
Program Areas: Other
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0003-EA   Scoping Letter
Document Publish Date: 11/12/2010
Summary: The Medford District Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Ashland Resource Area, is proposing the Cottonwood Forest Management project, involving variable density, selective forest thinning on approximately 1,134 acres of BLM managed land in the Upper Jenny Creek Watershed. This notice contains information on a field trip scheduled for November 23, 2010 to visit and discuss portions of the Cottonwood Project. The public scoping period is also being extended; comments on the proposed Cottonwood Forest Management Project are due December 30, 2010.
Public Review Start Date : 10/30/2010
Public Review End Date : 12/30/2010
Contact: Kristi Mastrofini
Contact Phone: (541) 618-2384
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0003-EA  Scoping Letter
Document Publish Date: 10/29/2010
Summary: The Medford District Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Ashland Resource Area, is proposing the Cottonwood Forest Management project, involving variable density, selective forest thinning on approximately 1,134 acres of BLM managed land in the Upper Jenny Creek Watershed. The Cottonwood project is designed to implement the Bureau of Land Management's 1995 Medford District Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan (RMP) in the Cottonwood project area. Specifically, this forest management proposal is designed to: 1) ensure sustainable forest production, and the renewable resources they provide, by managing forests to improve conifer forest vigor and growth; 2) provide forest products from Matrix land allocation in accordance with the direction in the Medford District's Resource Management Plan (USDI 1995, p. 72-73); 3) maintain stand structure for nesting, roosting, foraging, and dispersal habitat components in spotted owl habitat; and 4) maintain a transportation system within the project area that serves the management of resource program areas including timber management.
Public Review Start Date : 10/29/2010
Public Review End Date : 12/01/2010
Contact: Kristi Mastrofini
Contact Phone: (541) 618-2384
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture