Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest; Idaho; Johnson Bar Fire Salvage, 63597-63598 [2014-25319]

Download as PDF 63597 Notices Federal Register Vol. 79, No. 206 Friday, October 24, 2014 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest; Idaho; Johnson Bar Fire Salvage Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement— corrected. AGENCY: ACTION: This is a corrected notice. This notice updates the scoping period from 30 days to 45 days and gives notice that the proposed project will be subject to 36 CFR 218 subpart A and B regulations. The original notice was published in the Federal Register on October 16, 2014 pages 62098–62099. The Forest Service gives notice of its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Johnson Bar Fire Salvage Project. The Proposed action would utilize ground based (tractor and skyline) and helicopter logging systems to harvest trees killed by the Johnson Bar Fire. Harvested areas would be replanted with early seral species such as ponderosa pine, western white pine and western larch. Approximately 3 miles of roads would be decommissioned to reduce sediment related impacts to the watershed. The EIS will analyze the effects of the proposed action and alternatives. The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests invites comments and suggestions on the issues to be addressed. The agency gives notice of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and decision making process on the proposal so interested and affected members of the public may participate and contribute to the final decision. DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by December 8, 2014. The draft environmental impact statement is expected in March 2015 and the final environmental impact statement is expected July 2015. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Oct 23, 2014 Jkt 235001 Send written comments to Mike Ward or Tam White, Interdisciplinary Team Leaders; 502 Lowry Street, Kooskia, Idaho 83539. Comments may also be sent via email to comments-northern-nezperce-moosecreek@fs.fed.us FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Ward, Interdisciplinary Team Leader, (208) 926–6413 or Tam White, Interdisciplinary Team Leader (208) 926–6416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The objective of the Johnson Bar Fire Salvage Project would be to recover the economic value of the timber burned in the fire and move the area towards desired species compositions (ponderosa pine, western white pine and western larch) through reforestation as well as improve watershed conditions. Purpose: Provide a sustained yield of resource outputs at a level that will help support the economic structure of local communities and provide for regional and national needs (Nez Perce Forest Plan, II–1) Need: There is a need to utilize dead trees resulting from the fire in a timely manner to provide social and economic benefits before they lose commercial value and merchantability, which would contribute to the supply of timber for local, regional, and national needs. Purpose: Reduce potential sediment inputs into the aquatic ecosystem. Need: Sediment input from gravel and native surface roads can flow into streams, negatively affecting fish habitat and water quality. Improvement of watershed function and stream conditions can be accomplished by reducing road densities and repairing existing roads and culverts to reduce sediment and improve drainage. The Proposed Action would: Salvage harvest approximately 4,000 acres of dead trees within the approximate 13,000 acre fire area. Harvesting operations would primarily utilize skyline and helicopter logging systems with a small component of ground based tractor skidding where appropriate. Openings are likely to exceed 40 acres. Approximately 23 segments of temporary roads would be built to provide line machine access from existing system roads. These spurs generally average approximately 0.16 ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 miles each and would be removed following harvest. Fire killed or ‘‘dead’’ trees for the purposes of this project are determined using guidelines that determine mortality by the amount of scorch and fire severity surrounding the roots and lower trunk. Field validation of these guidelines indicates they are accurate for the forest types and fire severity in the project area. All live trees will be generally retained however incidental removal may occur to facilitate harvest operations. Reforestation would plant long lived early seral tree species such as ponderosa pine, western white pine and western larch. This strategy would allow us to continue towards the goal of restoring more resilient tree species across the landscape. Seventeen to thirty-three tons per acre of standing and down large woody debris would be left across the treatment area to provide soil microclimate and habitat, long term nutrients, soil stability, and snag habitat. For safety reasons, retention would generally occur in clumps rather than individual snags distributed across the units. Retention would generally favor the largest snags. Approximately 3 miles of unneeded roads may be decommissioned by placing them in a hydrologically stable condition. This may involve a range of road decommissioning methods from culvert removal to full recontouring. As they are developed, additional information and maps will be posted to ‘‘NEPA Projects’’ page on the Forests Web site: http://data.ecosystemmanagement.org/nepaweb/project_ list.php?forest=110117. Responsible Official and Lead Agency The USDA Forest Service is the lead agency for this proposal. The Nez PerceClearwater Forest Supervisor is the responsible official. The Decision To Be Made is whether to adopt the proposed action, in whole or in part, or another alternative; and what mitigation measures and management requirements will be implemented. The Scoping Process for the EIS is being initiated with this notice. The scoping process will identify issues to be analyzed in detail and will lead to the development of alternatives to the proposal. The Forest Service is seeking information and comments from other Federal, State, and local agencies; Tribal E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 63598 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Notices Governments; and organizations and individuals who may be interested in or affected by the proposed action. Comments received in response to this notice, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will be a part of the project record and available for public review. Early Notice of Importance of Public Participation in Subsequent Environmental Review: A draft environmental impact statement will be prepared for comment. The second major opportunity for public input will be when the draft EIS is published. The comment period for the draft EIS will be 45 days from the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the notice of availability in the Federal Register. The Draft EIS is anticipated to be available for public review in March 2015. Dated: October 17, 2014. Rick Brazell, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2014–25319 Filed 10–23–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD Meetings Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. ACTION: Notice of meetings. AGENCY: The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) plans to hold its regular committee and Board meetings in Washington, DC, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 18–19, 2014 at the times and location listed below. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest; Idaho; Johnson Bar Fire 
Salvage

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement--
corrected.

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SUMMARY: This is a corrected notice. This notice updates the scoping 
period from 30 days to 45 days and gives notice that the proposed 
project will be subject to 36 CFR 218 subpart A and B regulations. The 
original notice was published in the Federal Register on October 16, 
2014 pages 62098-62099. The Forest Service gives notice of its intent 
to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Johnson Bar Fire 
Salvage Project. The Proposed action would utilize ground based 
(tractor and skyline) and helicopter logging systems to harvest trees 
killed by the Johnson Bar Fire. Harvested areas would be replanted with 
early seral species such as ponderosa pine, western white pine and 
western larch. Approximately 3 miles of roads would be decommissioned 
to reduce sediment related impacts to the watershed. The EIS will 
analyze the effects of the proposed action and alternatives. The Nez 
Perce-Clearwater Forests invites comments and suggestions on the issues 
to be addressed. The agency gives notice of the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and decision making process on the proposal 
so interested and affected members of the public may participate and 
contribute to the final decision.

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received 
by December 8, 2014. The draft environmental impact statement is 
expected in March 2015 and the final environmental impact statement is 
expected July 2015.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Mike Ward or Tam White, 
Interdisciplinary Team Leaders; 502 Lowry Street, Kooskia, Idaho 83539. 
Comments may also be sent via email to comments-northern-nezperce-moose-creek@fs.fed.us

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Ward, Interdisciplinary Team 
Leader, (208) 926-6413 or Tam White, Interdisciplinary Team Leader 
(208) 926-6416.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The objective of the Johnson Bar Fire 
Salvage Project would be to recover the economic value of the timber 
burned in the fire and move the area towards desired species 
compositions (ponderosa pine, western white pine and western larch) 
through reforestation as well as improve watershed conditions.
    Purpose: Provide a sustained yield of resource outputs at a level 
that will help support the economic structure of local communities and 
provide for regional and national needs (Nez Perce Forest Plan, II-1)
    Need: There is a need to utilize dead trees resulting from the fire 
in a timely manner to provide social and economic benefits before they 
lose commercial value and merchantability, which would contribute to 
the supply of timber for local, regional, and national needs.
    Purpose: Reduce potential sediment inputs into the aquatic 
ecosystem.
    Need: Sediment input from gravel and native surface roads can flow 
into streams, negatively affecting fish habitat and water quality. 
Improvement of watershed function and stream conditions can be 
accomplished by reducing road densities and repairing existing roads 
and culverts to reduce sediment and improve drainage.
    The Proposed Action would: Salvage harvest approximately 4,000 
acres of dead trees within the approximate 13,000 acre fire area. 
Harvesting operations would primarily utilize skyline and helicopter 
logging systems with a small component of ground based tractor skidding 
where appropriate. Openings are likely to exceed 40 acres.
    Approximately 23 segments of temporary roads would be built to 
provide line machine access from existing system roads. These spurs 
generally average approximately 0.16 miles each and would be removed 
following harvest.
    Fire killed or ``dead'' trees for the purposes of this project are 
determined using guidelines that determine mortality by the amount of 
scorch and fire severity surrounding the roots and lower trunk. Field 
validation of these guidelines indicates they are accurate for the 
forest types and fire severity in the project area. All live trees will 
be generally retained however incidental removal may occur to 
facilitate harvest operations.
    Reforestation would plant long lived early seral tree species such 
as ponderosa pine, western white pine and western larch. This strategy 
would allow us to continue towards the goal of restoring more resilient 
tree species across the landscape. Seventeen to thirty-three tons per 
acre of standing and down large woody debris would be left across the 
treatment area to provide soil microclimate and habitat, long term 
nutrients, soil stability, and snag habitat. For safety reasons, 
retention would generally occur in clumps rather than individual snags 
distributed across the units. Retention would generally favor the 
largest snags. Approximately 3 miles of unneeded roads may be 
decommissioned by placing them in a hydrologically stable condition. 
This may involve a range of road decommissioning methods from culvert 
removal to full recontouring.
    As they are developed, additional information and maps will be 
posted to ``NEPA Projects'' page on the Forests Web site: http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/project_list.php?forest=110117.

Responsible Official and Lead Agency

    The USDA Forest Service is the lead agency for this proposal. The 
Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Supervisor is the responsible official.
    The Decision To Be Made is whether to adopt the proposed action, in 
whole or in part, or another alternative; and what mitigation measures 
and management requirements will be implemented.
    The Scoping Process for the EIS is being initiated with this 
notice. The scoping process will identify issues to be analyzed in 
detail and will lead to the development of alternatives to the 
proposal. The Forest Service is seeking information and comments from 
other Federal, State, and local agencies; Tribal

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Governments; and organizations and individuals who may be interested in 
or affected by the proposed action. Comments received in response to 
this notice, including the names and addresses of those who comment, 
will be a part of the project record and available for public review.
    Early Notice of Importance of Public Participation in Subsequent 
Environmental Review: A draft environmental impact statement will be 
prepared for comment. The second major opportunity for public input 
will be when the draft EIS is published. The comment period for the 
draft EIS will be 45 days from the date the Environmental Protection 
Agency publishes the notice of availability in the Federal Register. 
The Draft EIS is anticipated to be available for public review in March 
2015.

    Dated: October 17, 2014.
Rick Brazell,
Forest Supervisor.
[FR Doc. 2014-25319 Filed 10-23-14; 8:45 am]
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