Klamath Falls Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan

Klamath Falls Record of Decision

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Special Forest/Natural Products


Manage for the production and sale of special forest/natural products 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/natural products.

Land Use Allocations

No land use allocations are made specifically for special forest/natural products.

Management Actions/Direction

All Land Use Allocations

Allow harvest of special forest/natural products throughout the resource area but apply the area and plant species/group restrictions as shown in Table 8.

Establish specific guidelines for the management of individual special forest products using interdisciplinary review as needed. Management guidelines will be based on the ecological characteristics of the special forest product species and the requirements
of associated plant, animal, and fungal species. Guidelines will include methods of harvest and provisions that minimize changes in site productivity. Monitoring of harvest activities and the effects of harvest will be part of special forest product management. Feasibility to harvest newly identified special forest product species will receive interdisciplinary review.

In appropriate areas (for example, the Matrix) manage hardwood stands originating from nonhuman causes for the continued production and sale of hardwood timber and products.

Limit harvests of fuelwood and posts.

Riparian Reserves

Where catastrophic events result in degraded riparian conditions, allow fuelwood cutting if required to attain Aquatic Conservation Strategy objectives.

Late-Successional/District Designated 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/District Designated Reserves.

Evaluate whether special forest product harvest activities have adverse effects on Late-Successional/District Designated Reserves 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 product activities are extensive, evaluate whether they have significant effects on late-successional habitat. Restrictions may be appropriate in some cases.