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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

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South Fork Little Butte (SFLB) Forest Management Project

Medford

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South Fork Little Butte Forest Management Scoping Letter DOI-BLM-M060-2015-0001-EA Planning in Progress
The BLM is proposing to conduct forest management activities on land allocated as Matrix in the Medford District Resource Management Plan (RMP). The activities that may be proposed include pre-commercial thinning, commercial timber harvest, and post treatment fuels reduction. Transportation management activities, including road construction, maintenance, and decommissioning may also be proposed on BLM-administered lands in the South Fork Little Butte Creek area. Timber would be harvested using tractor, cable, or helicopter yarding systems. The proposed action would utilize a combination of commercial timber sale contract(s) and service contracts.
Stephanie Kelleher
541-618-2205
skellehe@blm.gov
Resource Area: Ashland
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
Download: SFLB_Scoping_Letter_signed.pdf
Document Publish Date
Comment:
04/04/2014
04/04/2014 - 05/09/2014
South Fork Little Butte Forest Management Project Environmental Assessment DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2015-0001-EA Planning in Progress
The Bureau of Land Management, Ashland Resource Area, proposes to implement the SFLB Forest Management Project, designed to implement specific Management Objectives consistent with the 1995 Medford District Resource Management Plan (RMP). The BLM is proposing forest management activities on 2,488 acres of BLM-administered lands within the Lower and Middle South Fork Little Butte Creek Sub-watersheds of the Little Butte Creek Watershed. The Project would also include temporary and permanent road construction (3.04 miles and 0.80 miles respectively), road decommissioning (4.05 miles) and long-term closure of existing roads (7.27 miles), road renovations, and road improvements along haul routes. The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the South Fork Little Butte (SFLB) Forest Management Project is now available for a 30-day public review. Comment period ends August 3, 2015.
Kathy Minor
541-618-2245
n/a
Resource Area: Ashland
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
Download: 20150702_MDO_SFLB_EA_FINAL.pdf
Document Publish Date
Comment:
07/02/2015
07/03/2015 - 08/03/2015
Decision Record for the South Fork Little Butte Forest Management Project DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2015-0001-EA Planning in Progress
This Decision Record for the South Fork Little Butte Forest Management Project authorize the implementation Alternative 2 as described in the South Fork Little Butte Forest Management Project EA (pp. 2-7 to 2-18 and Appendix A-1 to A-6) except for commercial harvest Units 27-2, 27-4, 29-1, 17-7, and 17-8 and non-commercial treatment Units 21-8, 27-2, and 33-17. A separate decision on these units may be forthcoming following completion of fall fungi surveys. In summary, this Decision authorizes the following actions: 1) the implementation of timber harvest on approximately 1,600 acres on Matrix Land Use Allocation using a variety of silvicultural prescriptions and harvest methods (ground-based, cable, and helicopter), 2) the implementation of non-commercial treatments for thinning understories and/or fuels reduction on 1,362 acres; 695 acres within commercial units and 667 acres of non-commercial only, 3) approximately 3.04 miles of temporary road construction and 0.8 mile of permanent road construction to facilitate access to timber harvest units (the temporary roads will be decommissioned after use), 4) the use of fourteen (14) existing helicopter landings, use and construction of twelve (12) new helicopter landings, 5) the implementation of eleven (11) designated skid trails (70 to 540 feet in length) outside of existing units, 6) about 122.28 miles of existing roads will be used as haul routes and maintained, improved, or renovated, and 7) about 4.05 miles of existing roads will be fully decommissioned and 7.27 miles will be placed in long-term closure status.
Kathy Minor
541-618-2245
n/a
Resource Area: Ashland
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
Download: 20150819_MDO_SFLB_DR_FINAL.pdf
Document Publish Date
Protest:
08/20/2015
08/20/2015 - 09/03/2015
Finding of No Significant Impact for the South Fork Little Butte Forest Management Project DOI-BLM-OR-M060-2015-0001-EA Planning in Progress
The Medford District Bureau of Land Management, Ashland Resource Area (BLM) analyzed for forest management and transportation management activities in the Environmental Assessement (EA) for the South Fork Little Butte Forest Management Project. The Authorized Officer determined that the South Fork Little Butte Forest Management Project does not constitute a major federal action having significant effect on the human environment; therefore, an environmental impact statement (EIS) is not necessary and will not be prepared. A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been issued.
Kathy Minor
541-618-2245
n/a
Resource Area: Ashland
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture
Download: 20150819_MDO_SFLB_FONSI_FINAL.pdf
Document Publish Date
Protest:
08/20/2015
08/20/2015 - 09/03/2015

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