Eldorado National Forest to Discuss King Fire Restoration Project at Public Open House January 13 -- Comments Invited on Proposed Action
The Eldorado National Forest is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the King Fire Restoration Project and is inviting public comments on the Proposed Action. "The planning team has worked hard to develop a proposal that balances multiple objectives. Our goal is to work collaboratively with our partners and the public to begin the restoration work as soon as possible," said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree.
A Public Open House to discuss the King Fire Restoration Project will be held on Tuesday, January 13, at the Best Western Plus Placerville Inn, 6850 Green Leaf Drive, Placerville, CA from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A presentation on the Proposed Action will be followed by questions and answers with the planning team, and an opportunity to talk to specialists about specific aspects of the project including fuel reduction, tree salvage, reforestation, wildlife, watershed protection and research.
The forest is currently proposing to treat 14,000 acres of National Forest System land that burned with high severity in order to meet the following objectives:
- Reduce risk from falling dead, dying, and defective trees;
- Reduce long term fuel accumulation in strategic locations to improve control of future fires;
- Restore diverse vegetation including conifer forests in a manner that improves future resiliency;
- Expeditiously remove fire killed timber to generate funds for restoration and contribute to the societal need for wood products;
- Take advantage of research opportunities to increase knowledge regarding the environmental effects of large fires, how to reduce the risk of future fires, and how to restore resilient forests.
A complete description of the Proposed Action and project maps can be found by going to the King Fire Restoration Project link on the forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.
The following questions are suggested to assist in formulating comments on the Proposed Action:
- What information would you like us to provide and why?
- What concerns do you have regarding the proposed action and why?
- What changes should we consider in our project design and why?
Comments on the specific locations and methods of treatment are especially helpful.
Issues or concerns identified during the current scoping phase will be used to develop project alternatives prior to releasing a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Scoping comments can be made up to 30 days after the Notice of Intent (NOI) is published in the Federal Register. Notice of Intent (NOI) is publication is pending. The deadline for scoping comments will be posted on the Forest website when it is confirmed. There will also be another comment period when draft EIS is released in approximately March 2015.
Comments on the King Fire Restoration Proposed Action may be submitted by telephone, fax, hand delivery, letter, in person during the public open house or electronically through the Forest website. Comments can be mailed to Eldorado National Forest; ATTN: King Fire Restoration Project; 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667. Comments may be submitted by fax to (530) 621-5297 or by hand-delivery to the address above during normal business hours (Monday- Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm, excluding federal holidays). Comments can be submitted electronically through the Eldorado National Forest website by clicking on the King Fire Restoration Project link at www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado and navigating to "Comment on Project".