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Project: Rio Climax Forest Management Project

Project Status: Planning Completed
Office Location: none
Resource Area: Ashland
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-010-EA  Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 6/04/2012
Summary: The Ashland Resource Area Field Manager's response to Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Cascadia Wildlands, Oregon Wild, and Rogue Riverkeeper concerning their administrative protest of the Rio Climax Timber Sales.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : 6/01/2012
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : 7/02/2012
Contact: Ted Hass
Contact Phone: 541-618-2253
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0010-EA  Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 6/04/2012
Summary: Administrative Protest of the Rio Climax Timber Sales submitted jointly by Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Cascadia Wildlands, Oregon Wild, and Rogue Riverkeeper.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : N/A - Historic
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : N/A - Historic
Contact: Ted Hass
Contact Phone: 541-618-2253
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0010-EA  Environmental Assessment
Document Publish Date: 11/25/2011
Summary: This is the Revised Environmental Assessment for the Rio Climax Forest Management Proposal. A summary of changes is included just past the EA Cover Sheet. The proposed Rio Climax Project would harvest trees in conifer forest stands on BLM-administered land in the Antelope Creek and Lake Creek drainages of the South Fork Little Butte Creek Watershed. Forest management would be accomplished using a combination of timber sale, stewardship, and service contracts. Forest thinning (or other silvicultural) treatments, designed under the principles of sustained yield forestry, are tailored to forest and site conditions to meet the desired long term objectives for each forest stand type. 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. Alternatives analyzed in detail under this EA would harvest timber on 801 to 948 acres utilizing tractor, cable, and helicopter yarding systems. The alternatives also include unit-specific activity fuels treatments and pre-commercial thinning. A range of 1.25 to 2.75 miles of new road construction is proposed to access harvest units. An estimated 61 to 65 miles of existing roads would be used as haul routes and improved as needed to meet BLM standards.
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-M060-2011-0010-EA  Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 11/23/2011
Summary: This Decision Record documents the decision and rationale for the selection of a course of action to be implemented for the Rio Climax Forest Management Project. The Rio Climax Forest Management Project would harvest trees in conifer forest stands on BLM-administered land in the Antelope Creek and Lake Creek drainages of the South Fork Little Butte Creek Watershed. Forest management would be implemented through a combination of timber sale contracts, stewardship contracting, and service contracts. Administrative remedies are available to persons who believe that they will be adversely affected by this decision. A protest may be filed within 15 days of the publication of a Notice of Decision or Notice of Sale in Medford's Mail Tribune newspaper.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : 11/25/2011
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : 12/09/2011
Contact: Kristi Mastrofini
Contact Phone: (541) 618-2384
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0010-EA  Finding of No Significant Impact
Document Publish Date: 11/23/2011
Summary: This document describes BLM's Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Rio Climax Forest Management Project. The project is not a major Federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment, individually or cumulatively with other actions in the general area.
Contact: Kristi Mastrofini
Contact Phone: (541) 618-2384
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0010-EA  Environmental Assessment
Document Publish Date: 6/23/2011
Summary: The proposed Rio Climax Project would harvest trees in conifer forest stands on BLM-administered land in the Antelope Creek and Lake Creek drainages of the South Fork Little Butte Creek Watershed. Forest management would be accomplished using a combination of timber sale, stewardship, and service contracts. Forest thinning (or other silvicultural) treatments, designed under the principles of sustained yield forestry, are tailored to forest and site conditions to meet the desired long term objectives for each forest stand type. 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. Alternatives analyzed in detail under this EA would harvest timber on 801 to 948 acres utilizing tractor, cable, and helicopter yarding systems. The alternatives also include unit-specific activity fuels treatments and pre-commercial thinning. A range of 1.25 to 2.75 miles of new road construction is proposed to access harvest units. An estimated 61 to 65 miles of existing roads would be used as haul routes and improved as needed to meet BLM standards. BLM welcomes your comments on the content of the EA. Comments are due by 4:30 PM, July 22, 2011. Before including your address, telephone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All comments should be made in writing and mailed or delivered to Kristi Mastrofini, Ashland Resource Area, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, OR 97504.
Public Review Start Date : 6/23/2011
Public Review End Date : 7/22/2011
Contact: Kristi Mastrofini
Contact Phone: (541) 618-2384
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2011-0010-EA  Scoping Letter
Document Publish Date: 2/16/2011
Summary: The Medford District Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Ashland Resource Area, is proposing the Rio Climax Forest Management Project. The project is located in the Lake Creek and Antelope Creek drainages of the South Fork Little Butte Creek Watershed. The Public Land Survey System description for the proposed Rio Climax Timber Sale Project is: T 37 S, R 1 E, in sections 11, 13, 14, 17, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, and 35; T. 37 S., R. 2 E. in sections 17, 19, 20, 29, 31, and 32; T. 38 S., R. 2 E., in sections 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9. The BLM will be preparing an Environmental Assessment for the Rio Climax Forest Management Project and we are seeking your input on our forest management proposal. The Rio Climax Forest Management Project is designed to implement the Management Actions/Direction of the 1995 Medford District Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan (RMP) within the Little Butte Creek Watershed. Specifically, this forest management proposal is designed to: 1)Ensure sustainable forest production; 2) Provide timber products from Matrix land allocation in accordance with the direction in the Medford District's Resource Management Plan; 3) Maintain stand structure needed for maintaining functional northern spotted owl nesting, roosting, foraging, and dispersal habitat within a 1.2 mile radius of northern spotted owl activity centers;4) Reduce hazardous fuels in the Wildland Urban Interface; and 5) Maintain a transportation system within the project area that serves the management of resource program areas including timber management.
Public Review Start Date : 2/16/2011
Public Review End Date : 3/16/2011
Contact: Kristi Mastrofini
Contact Phone: (541) 618-2384
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture