Public Comment Period, Claremont Forest Resiliency Project

Public Comment Period

Claremont Forest Resiliency Project

USDA Forest Service, Plumas National Forest

Mt. Hough Ranger District, Plumas County, California

The Forest Service is initiating the public comment period for the Claremont Forest Resiliency Project. The Project is in Plumas County. Due to the proximity to urban areas, the potential for high-severity fire, and forest health issues, treatment is necessary to reduce fuels within the wildland urban interface and improve forest resiliency.

The project proposes to complete forest restoration, fuels reduction, habitat enhancement, invasive plant treatments and road management actions on approximately 30,180 acres. The documents and maps are available for review at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59708.

Vegetation treatments would rely on mechanized treatment methods in most areas, although hand thinning would be conducted in sensitive or difficult to access areas. Prescribed fire maybe used as a stand-alone treatment or follow-up treatment. Habitat enhancement treatments for the California spotted owl and northern goshawk would be site specific and designed to restore and protect habitat value that exists. Invasive plant infestation would be treated using chemical and mechanical treatments. Road management action include improving existing system routes and obliterating non-system routes.

How to Comment and Timeframe

Electronic comments are encouraged and should be submitted to: [email protected] Comments submitted electronically must be in plain text (.txt), rich format (.rtf), Word (.doc or .docx), portable document format (.pdf), or an email message. Please include “Claremont Forest Resiliency” in the subject line. Hard copy comments may be mailed to: Joe Hoffman, District Ranger, c/o Kyla Sabo, Project Leader, Mt. Hough Ranger District, 39696 Highway 70, Quincy, CA 95971.

Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible to object must meet the information requirements of 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B. It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project during a public comment period established by the responsible official are eligible to file an objection under 36 CFR 218. Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of this notice in the Feather River Bulletin. For objection eligibility, each individual or entity must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request. For more information, please contact Kyla Sabo at [email protected]