Project Re-establishing Oak Forest Open for Public Comment
NELSONVILLE, Ohio (Sept. 24, 2018) – Athens District Ranger Jason A. Reed of the Wayne National Forest is inviting input during a 30-day initial comment period for the Long Ridge SE Project located in Athens and Hocking Counties. (View Video)
If approved, the project would authorize the combination of prescribed fire and manual tree cutting in order to improve the diversity and quality of wildlife and plant habitat. The goal is to open up the forest floor and reduce vegetative competition that threaten oak seedlings and saplings. The proposed activities would also reduce hazardous fuels in the project area by reducing wildfire risk to at risk communities in the wildland urban interface.
The areas under consideration are located in the general area east of Nelsonville, southeast of Carbon Hill, and west of Chauncey. The location is in Athens (York, Dover, and Trimble Townships) and Hocking Counties (Ward Township).
“This area was selected because prior treatments have produced favorable results. We want to continue making progress and expand into more areas of the forest,” said Jason Reed, district ranger for the Athens Ranger District. “The project area is positioned next to the Wallace H. O’Dowd Wildlife Area, which provides opportunities to work with the Division of Wildlife to create a broader impact.”
Public comments should directly relate to proposed actions by Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. They can be made to Rachel Orwan at Wayne National Forest, 13700 U.S. Hwy 33, Nelsonville, Ohio, specifically stating that they are in reference to the comment period for the Long Ridge SE Project. Include your name, current physical mailing address, phone number and signature or other verification of identity with your comments.
You may also call to discuss this project at (740) 753-0101 during normal business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or submit comments electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about this and other projects being developed and analyzed can be found online at the Wayne National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/wayne/landmanagement/projects.
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The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.