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Feather River Bulletin legal notices for the week of 12/13/2013

USDA FOREST SERVICE
Plumas National Forest
Mt. Hough Ranger District
Plumas County, CA
Scoping Notice
 Chips Fire - Dutch Site Prep and Plant
Opportunity to Comment on the Chips Fire - Dutch Site Prep and Plant Project
The Mt. Hough Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest proposes to reforest a 201-acre portion of the Chips Fire in the vicinity south of Canyondam, CA.  Reforestation treatment will consist of manual and mechanical site preparation, planting of native conifer species, and manual release for survival.  Mechanical site preparation treatment would occur on slopes under 35%, while manual treatment would occur on slopes greater than 35%.  Manual planting of one- to two-year-old native conifer seedlings would occur in early spring following completion of the site preparation.  The seedlings would be planted in wide-spaced clusters, which are comprised of three trees approximately eight feet apart, spaced approximately 21-25 feet between cluster centers.  This would result in initial stocking of 210 to 300 trees per acre, based on seedling availability.  Manual release treatment would remove all competing vegetation, also known as grubbing, from a five foot radius around each surviving seedling.  The legal land description for the Chips Fire - Dutch Site Prep and Plant Project is: T. 26 N., R. 8 E., sections 3-5, 8-10; T. 27 N., R. 8 E., sections 29, 31- 33, Mount Diablo Base Meridian (MDBM).
This comment period is being provided pursuant to the March 19, 2012 order issued by the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in Case No. CV F11-679LJO DLB.  Only those who provide comments during this comment period will be eligible to appeal the decision pursuant to 36 CFR 215. Any individual or representative from an organization submitting comments must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request in order to maintain appeal eligibility.
How to Comment and Timeframe
A draft decision memorandum detailing the proposal is available for review at the Mt. Hough Ranger District Office. Additional information regarding this action can be obtained from: Linda Smith or Maurice Huynh, in person at the Mt. Hough Ranger District, Plumas National Forest, 39696 Highway 70, Quincy, CA  95971; by telephone: (530) 283-0555; or by email: llsmith@fs.fed.us or mlhuynh@fs.fed.us.
Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral and electronic comments concerning this action will be most helpful if received by January 10, 2014. Please submit comments to Michael Donald, Mt. Hough District Ranger, c/o Linda Smith, District Culturist, Mt. Hough Ranger District, Plumas National Forest, 39696 Highway 70, Quincy, CA  95971; by telephone at (530) 283-0555; by fax at (530) 283-1821; or by email:  comments-pacificsouthwest-plumas-mthough@fs.fed.us.  Please indicate the name "Chips Fire - Dutch Site Prep and Plant Project" on the subject line of your email.  Comments submitted electronically must be in rich text format (.rtf), plain text format (.txt), portable document format (.pdf), or Word (.doc or .docx).
Comments received, including the names and addresses of those who comment, would be considered part of the public record on this proposal and would be available for public inspection (Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 1508.22; Forest Service Handbook 1909.15, Section 21).
Published FRB
Dec. 11, 2013|

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