White River National Forest
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The White River National Forest (WRNF) welcomes your comments on its proposal to conduct vegetation management activities designed to sustain and expand aspen (Populus tremuloides) forests on National Forest System (NFS) lands. Your comments will help us further develop the proposed action, potential alternatives, and complete an environmental assessment. The assessment will be used to determine whether to prepare an environmental impact statement or a finding of no significant impact. Instructions for submitting comments are described on the last page. Additional project information is available here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59419
This Notice of Proposed Action (NOPA) is also requesting your comments under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended (NHPA). Consultation under the NHPA seeks to consider the views about an undertaking and its effects on historic properties for the agency official to consider in decision making (36 CFR 800).
The WRNF is proposing to conduct vegetation management activities (mechanical and prescribed fire) within forest stands1 that contain aspen. Management activities would be designed to improve the resiliency of aspen forests to disturbance agents, improve wildlife habitat, increase the distribution of aspen on NFS lands, manage aspen along scenic corridors, and contribute to the Forest’s allowable sale quantity. Mechanical operations would use existing roads where possible and would also include the use of temporary roads to access treatment areas. Management activities and locations would be selected based on the applicable Forest Plan Management Area direction, project objectives, stand conditions, and constraints.
USDA Forest Service, "White River Aspen Management Project" (2021). Aspen Bibliography. Paper 7904.