DEIS describes a proposal by the National Forest Service that includes:
salvage of dead trees; hazard tree removal along roads; fuel reduction
for future forest resiliency to fire; and road construction and
maintenance. The DEIS studied the following four alternatives.
Alternative 1 (Proposed Action)
1 includes salvage logging on up to 28,326 acres and removal of hazard
trees (green and dead) adjacent to 341 miles of forest roads outside of
the proposed salvage units, amounting to an additional 16,315 acres. It
includes 5.4 miles of new road construction, 319.9 miles of route
reconstruction, and 216.1 miles of road maintenance along low standard
Alternative 2 (No Action)
2 provides a baseline for comparison with the other alternatives. Under
Alternative 2, general salvage logging and hazard tree removal adjacent
to lower standard roads would not occur. None of the viable timber
would be removed from the area, leaving tens to hundreds of tons of wood
per acre once these trees fall down. No hazard tree removal would occur
adjacent to lower standard roads, leaving thousands of existing hazard
trees to fall on their own as a result of natural forces.
3 responds to issues and concerns related to snag forest habitat, new
road construction, wildlife habitat, and soil and watershed impacts. It
addresses these issues by proposing additional wildlife habitat
enhancement, including biomass removal in Critical Deer Winter Range and
a Forest Carnivore Connectivity Corridor (FCCC). It would provide
additional soil and watershed protection, and less new road
construction. It also would initiate research to help answer wildlife,
fuels, watershed, and soils questions.
4 is similar to Alternative 3, except that it replaces new road
construction with temporary roads and drops 2,500 acres of salvage
logging in highly suitable blackbacked woodpecker habitat. Alternative 4
proposes the same action items as Alternative 3 for wildlife habitat
enhancement, soil and watershed protection, and research.