Sawtooth National Recreation Area,
Sawtooth National Forest Source: Sawtooth
National Recreation Area (SNRA) - “January-February-March 2003 Quarterly
Schedule of Proposed Actions for the Sawtooth National Forest”.
Address: HC 64
Ketchum, ID 83340 Phone 208-727-5000
Web Site: http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/sawtooth
Red Tree Fuels Reduction Project
A Mountain pine
beetle infestation has killed many lodgepole pines on the SNRA, giving a
“red tree” appearance to the Sawtooth Valley, Stanley Basin and Salmon
River canyon below Stanley.
The SNRA states the project will reduce the
risk of large fires where public and private lands interface by removing
the dead trees using methods such as commercial/pre-commercial thinning
and prescribed fire.
Areas include Redfish Lake, Pettit Lake, Boundary
Creek, Crooked Creek, Iron Creek and Valley View. Scoping is complete and
SNRA Contact: Jim Rineholt.
Comment:We support this effort.
Update March 2003:
The SNRA released an
Environmental Assessment (EA) in late March 2003 detailing its plan to
remove dead trees, killed by the mountain pine beetle. Cutting will focus
on areas of homes and recreation development. The EA is available on-line
at the Sawtooth Forest web site:
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