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Oregon / Washington

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Project: Rabbit Mountain Fire Suppression-Created Log Removal

Project Status: Planning Completed
Office Location: none
Resource Area: South River
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-R050-2013-0008-CX  Categorical Exclusion / Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 10/29/2013
Summary: The purpose of the project is to remove fire suppression-created logs located within 50 feet of the center line of existing roads. Specifically, logs are located along BLM Roads 31-8-3.0, 31-8-8.1, 31-8-9.1, 31-8-17.1, and 32-7-12.2 or private roads on BLM land. During Rabbit Mountain Fire suppression activities, existing roads were day-lighted to provide fire suppression control lines, and trees were felled to facilitate tractor fire trail construction. To avoid creating fuel accumulations near active fire, many of the felled trees, approximately 248 thousand board feet, were decked and individually placed adjacent to existing roads during fire mop-up and rehabilitation actions. The need exists to return the BLM infrastructure to the pre-suppression status to reduce existing and future threats to this infrastructure and remove hazards to public and reciprocal right users. Logs are also present on the fill slope of Michigan Springs helipond, which threatens the integrity of the helipond fill slope and drain pipe during high precipitation events. There would be no ground or habitat disturbance as there would be no road construction or log skidding, and all equipment operations would occur on existing roads. Project activities would occur outside of the critical marbled murrelet nesting period as well as outside of the northern spotted owl nest, fledgling and dispersal period.
Public Review Start Date : 10/29/2013
Public Review End Date : 11/13/2013
Contact: Roseburg District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 440-4930
Program Areas: Other