Special Forest Products
Manage for the sustainable production and sale of Special Forest Products (SFP) when demand is present and where actions taken are consistent with primary objectives for the land use allocation.
Use the principles of ecosystem management to guide the management and harvest of Special Forest Products.
Land Use Allocations
No land use allocations are made specifically for Special Forest Products.
Management Actions/Direction for All Land Use Allocations
Allow harvest of SFPs throughout the District but complete a NEPA assessment to help determine if additional restrictions may be necessary for specific areas and species.
Establish specific guidelines for the management of individual SFPs using interdisciplinary review as needed. Management guidelines will be based on the ecological characteristics of the SFP species and the requirements of associated plant, animal, and fungal species. Guidelines will include provisions that minimize changes in site productivity. Monitoring of harvest activities and the effects of harvest will be part of SFP management. Feasibility to harvest newly identified SFP species will receive interdisciplinary review.
In appropriate areas consistent with special habitat values (e.g., the Matrix) manage natural hardwood stands for the continued production and sale of hardwood timber and products.
Management Actions/Direction for Riparian Reserves
Where catastrophic events result in degraded riparian conditions, allow fuelwood cutting consistent with Aquatic Conservation Strategy objectives.
Management Actions/Direction for Late-Successional Reserves
Permit fuelwood gathering only in existing cull decks, in areas where green trees are marked by silviculturists for thinning, in areas where blowdown is blocking roads, and in recently harvested timber sale units where down material will impede scheduled post-sale activities or pose an unacceptable risk of future large scale disturbance. In all cases, these activities will comply with management actions/direction for Late-Successional Reserves.
Evaluate whether Special Forest Product harvest activities have adverse effects on Late-Successional Reserve objectives. Prior to selling Special Forest Products, ensure resource sustainability and protection of other resource values such as special status plants or animal species. Where Special Forest Products activities are extensive, evaluate whether they have significant effects on late-successional habitat. Restrictions may be appropriate in some cases.