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Commercial Thinning Proposed Near Humptulips

April 5, 2013

The Pacific Ranger District, Olympic National Forest, has completed the draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed East Fork Humptulips Vegetation Management Project. The Forest is proposing to commercially thin approximately 3,300 acres in the East Fork Humptulips subwatershed. The purpose of the proposed thinning is to restore forest stand structure and improve habitat conditions. The thinning treatments are designed to accelerate the development of late-successional forest characteristics in the selected stands.

The EA is looking at four alternatives.

Under Alternative A, the forest stands would remain untreated, retaining all roads in their current condition.

Alternative B includes approximately 3,300 acres of commercial thinning. The proposed action includes approximately 15 miles of road development. It is designed to accelerate the development of late-successional forest habitat conditions for old-growth species, including the marbled murrelet and spotted owl.

Alternative C includes approximately 2,400 acres of commercial thinning and approximately 11 miles of temporary road development. This Alternative was developed to minimize disturbance to marbled murelets and spotted owls and to the owl’s primary prey, the northern flying squirrel.

Alternative D includes approximately 3,300 acres of commercial thinning treatments. This Alternative was developed to minimize soil disturbance associated with skidding near Quinault.

Comments are accepted until April 14th.

Hand-delivered comments will be accepted at the Forest Headquarters in Olympia. Comments may also be emailed to comments-pacificnorthwest-olympic-pacific@fs.fed.us.

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