Middle Fork Ranger District; Willamette National Forest; Lane County Oregon; Youngs Rock Rigdon EIS, 28005-28007 [2019-12750]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 116 / Monday, June 17, 2019 / Notices original NOI was published in the Federal Register on June 21, 2017 (82 FR 28301). Upon preliminary evaluation, no potential significant impacts to the human environment are associated with the project. As a result, the Forest is withdrawing its intent to prepare an EIS and is now preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA). All comments previously received regarding this project will be retained and considered in the development of the EA. If it is determined that the project may have significant impacts, the EIS process will be reinitiated and a NOI will be published. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning this notice and requests to be added to the project mailing list should be directed to Beth Peer, Ochoco National Forest Environmental Coordinator, 3160 NE 3rd Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754; Phone 541–416–6463. Individuals who have previously submitted comments on this project will remain on the project mailing list and do not need to contact the Forest. Dated: May 30, 2019. Gina Owens, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2019–12741 Filed 6–14–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: The Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Keizer, Oregon. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information, including the meeting agenda and the meeting summary/minutes can be found at the following website: https:// www.fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/ workingtogether/advisorycommittees. DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, July 1, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. All RAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For updated status of the khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:34 Jun 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Keizer Community Center, Claggett Room, 930 Chemawa Road Northeast, Keizer, Oregon. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at Salem, Oregon. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Sorensen, RAC Coordinator, by phone at 541–510–1102 or via email at Jennifer.Sorensen@usda.gov. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the meeting is to: 1. Introduce all the RAC members to one another; 2. Update all RAC members on the status of the SRS program, and the pending nomination package for new RAC members; and 3. Review and make recommendations on 27 new or modified recreation fee proposals submitted by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (1 proposal) and the Willamette National Forest (26 proposals). The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request in writing by June 25, 2019, to be scheduled on the agenda. Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee staff before or after the meeting. Written comments and requests for time for oral comments must be sent to Jennifer Sorensen, RAC Coordinator, 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Springfield, Oregon 97477; or by email to Jennifer.Sorensen@usda.gov. Meeting Accommodations: If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices or other reasonable accommodation. For access to the facility or proceedings, please contact the person listed in the PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28005 section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis. CONTACT. Dated: May 15, 2019. Frank R. Beum, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2019–12742 Filed 6–14–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Middle Fork Ranger District; Willamette National Forest; Lane County Oregon; Youngs Rock Rigdon EIS Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The USDA Forest Service is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Youngs Rock Rigdon project. The project area is located on the western slope of the Cascades in the Upper Middle Fork Willamette Watershed, approximately 15 miles south of Oakridge, OR. The project area is approximately 33,000 acres in size. Forest management treatments are proposed on approximately 6,800 acres within the project area. The project area is within the Northwest Forest Plan management allocations of Matrix, Late Successional Reserve, Administratively Withdrawn, and Riparian Reserves (3,000 acres). Treatments are also proposed in the 1990 Willamette Forest Plan Deadhorse Special Interest Area (SIA), which would require a Forest Plan Amendment. SUMMARY: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by July 17, 2019. The draft EIS is expected April 2020 and the final EIS is expected January 2021. ADDRESSES: Scoping comments can be submitted electronically through https://cara.ecosystemmanagement.org/Public// CommentInput?Project=55868. Written comments may be submitted via mail or by hand delivery to Duane F. Bishop, District Ranger, Middle Fork Ranger District, 46375 Highway 58, Westfir, OR 97492. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Tucker (District Planner) by email at jonathan.tucker@usda.gov or by phone at 541–782–5346, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for DATES: E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1 28006 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 116 / Monday, June 17, 2019 / Notices the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose and Need for Action The overall purpose of the Youngs Rock Rigdon EIS is to restore and enhance the ecological, social, and economic aspects of the landscape. The actions proposed in the Youngs Rock Rigdon project are needed to improve stand and landscape diversity, structure, and resiliency; strategically reduce hazardous fuels; sustainably manage existing trail systems and dispersed recreation while minimizing impacts to natural resources; identify a sustainable road system needed for safe and efficient travel and for administration, utilization, and protection of National Forest System lands; and provide a sustainable supply of forest products. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Proposed Action The Middle Fork Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest is proposing multiple actions to meet the purpose and need of the project, as described below. Commercial and non-commercial thinning and regeneration harvest is proposed in about 4,500 acres of stands. Within the 3,000 acres of older natural origin stands of mixed conifer forest, the emphasis is on creating late seral open forest through variable density thinning with skips (untreated areas) and gaps (openings) scattered throughout the stands. This thinning would be primarily through timber harvesting but also includes using non-commercial methods such as underburning, fall and leave, and fall and remove for aquatic habitat restoration activities. Gap sizes range from 0.25 to 3 acres in size. Within the 1,500 acres of younger managed stands of mixed conifer and moister upland forest, the emphasis is on connecting late seral forest and creating open seral forest. Multiple logging systems, road maintenance, temporary road construction, and pit development would be required for commercial harvest. Meadow restoration activities on approximately 300 acres would include tree cutting, piling, pile burning, pruning, noxious weed treatment, underburning, and planting native plants. Aquatic restoration activities would occur on approximately 700 acres of floodplain and Riparian Reserves and include streamside tree tipping, Riparian Reserve fall and leave, and floodplain augmentation and instream restoration. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:34 Jun 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 Thinning and fuel treatments would occur in some Riparian Reserves outside of riparian no harvest areas and would include allowing backing prescribed fire. All treatments would be designed to maintain and/or improve Aquatic Conservation Strategy Objectives. Hazardous fuel reduction treatments would be proposed to reduce existing fuel loadings as well as to reduce logging slash in treated stands to levels within Forest Plan standards and guidelines. Treatments would be proposed in locations that would offer a strategic benefit, in regard to tactics and firefighter safety, for future fire management. Proposed treatments on approximately 1,300 acres of understory fuel treatment units are strategically located to connect fuel breaks around adjacent private industrial forest and would include underburning, understory thinning (removal of brush and trees less than 7 inch DBH [diameter at breast height]), pruning, whipfelling, chipping, piling, and burning. Total post-harvest fuel treatments are 4,500 acres. The proposed action includes relocating two miles of existing trail and removing and replacing two bridges to minimize impacts within the floodplain and required maintenance due to poor current location. The project also proposes to manage dispersed recreation sites within close proximity to Endangered Species Act listed fish habitat. This would result in some sites being decommissioned, and others being managed to minimize impacts to natural resources (i.e., walk-in sites; designated parking areas, and nonmotorized restrictions). The proposed action would identify a sustainable road system needed for safe and efficient travel and for administration, utilization, and protection of National Forest System lands. The District Ranger and project Interdisciplinary Team propose to implement the Willamette National Forest Road Investment Strategy, which would result in recommendations for system roads to remain open, be stabilized and stored, or be decommissioned. The activities in the proposed action would provide a sustainable supply of forest products including approximately 65 million board feet of timber. Forest Plan Amendment Restoration is needed for the unique mixed conifer forest of oaks and pines in western Oregon. Past fire suppression has created dense forest, where oaks and pine require open forest. The Forest Plan Amendment would allow timber harvest to reduce stand density in the PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Deadhorse Management Area 5a—SIA where no programmed harvest is allowed (Willamette Land and Resource Management Plan, IV p. 138). About 400 acres of treatments in the 1,701 acre Deadhorse SIA is proposed, including prescribed fire, meadow enhancement, and removal of timber on about 80 acres; while maintaining and protecting the SIA cultural features. The amendment is specific to the project area and proposed activities and follows the 2012 Planning Rule. The substantive provisions of 36 CFR 219.8 through 219.11 that directly apply to the proposed amendment are § 219.8 Sustainability and § 219.9 Diversity of plant and animal communities. Responsible Official The responsible official will be Duane F. Bishop, District Ranger, Middle Fork Ranger District. Nature of Decision To Be Made Given the purpose and need, the responsible official will determine whether the proposed actions comply with all applicable laws governing Forest Service actions and with the applicable standards and guidelines found in the Willamette Forest Plan; whether the EIS has sufficient sitespecific environmental analysis to make an informed decision; and whether the proposed action meets the purpose and need for action. With this information, the responsible official must decide whether to select the proposed action or one of any other potential alternatives that may be developed, and what, if any, additional actions should be required. Scoping Process This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the EIS. Public comments regarding this proposal are requested in order to assist in identifying issues and opportunities associated with the proposal, how to best manage resources, and to focus the analysis. Those wishing to object must meet the requirements at 36 CFR 218. It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such manner that they are useful to the agency’s preparation of the EIS. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 116 / Monday, June 17, 2019 / Notices considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the Agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents. Dated: May 16, 2019. Frank R. Beum, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2019–12750 Filed 6–14–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–485–805] Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe (Under 4.5 Inches) From Romania: Preliminary Determination of No Shipments; 2017– 2018 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that there were no shipments of carbon and alloy seamless standard, line and pressure pipe (under 4.5 inches) (small diameter seamless pipe) from Romania during the period of review (POR) August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination of no shipments. DATES: Applicable June 17, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katherine Johnson or Samantha Kinney, AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–4929 or (202) 482–2285, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Background In response to Commerce’s notice of opportunity to request an administrative review on small diameter seamless pipe from Romania,1 United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) (the petitioner) timely requested an administrative review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on small diameter seamless pipe from Romania with respect to Silcotub S.A. (Silcotub), ArcelorMittal Tubular Products Roman S.A. (ArcelorMittal), SC TMK-Artrom S.A. (TMK-Artrom), 1 See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity to Request Administrative Review, 83 FR 38682 (August 7, 2018). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:34 Jun 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 and SC Tubinox S.A.2 Accordingly, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.221(c)(1)(i), we published a notice of initiation of an administrative review of the AD order on small diameter seamless pipe from Romania.3 In the Initiation Notice, Commerce notified the public that it intended to select respondents based on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data for U.S. imports during the POR.4 Accordingly, we released the CBP entry data to all interested parties under an administrative protective order and requested comments regarding the data and respondent selection.5 The petitioner submitted comments and Silcotub submitted rebuttal comments.6 We subsequently selected TMKArtrom, the largest exporter and producer of the subject merchandise by volume, based on the CBP data, as the sole mandatory respondent in this review.7 In November 2018, we issued the AD questionnaire to TMK-Artrom, to which TMK-Artrom timely responded. Also in November 2018, Silcotub timely submitted a letter stating it had no shipments of subject merchandise during the POR.8 We transmitted a ‘‘NoShipment Inquiry’’ to CBP regarding Silcotub and placed the results on the record of this review.9 Pursuant to this 2 See Petitioner’s Letter, ‘‘Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard Line, and Pressure Pipe (Under 41⁄2 Inches) from Romania: Request for Administrative Review of Antidumping Duty Order,’’ dated August 30, 2018. 3 See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 83 FR 50077 (October 4, 2018). The name of TMK Artrom S.A. was misspelled in the initiation notice. The correct spelling of the company name can be found in Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 83 FR 57411 (November 15, 2018). 4 Id. 5 See Memorandum, ‘‘Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard Line and Pressure Pipe (Under 4.5 Inches) from Romania: Customs Data for Respondent Selection,’’ dated October 4, 2018 (Customs Data). We note that the Customs Data showed no reviewable entries during the POR for S.C. Tubinox S.A. 6 See Petitioner’s letter, ‘‘Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard Line, and Pressure Pipe (Under 4.5 Inches) from Romania: Comments Regarding Respondent Selection,’’ dated October 11, 2018; see also Silcotub’s Letter, ‘‘Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe (under 4.5 inches) from Romania: Rebuttal Comments Regarding Respondent Selection,’’ dated October 16, 2018. 7 See Memorandum, ‘‘2017–2018 Administrative Review of Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe (Under 4.5 Inches) from Romania: Respondent Selection,’’ dated October 31, 2018. 8 See Silcotub’s Letter, ‘‘Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe (under 4.5 inches) from Romania: Notice of No Sales,’’ dated November 2, 2018. 9 See Memorandum, ‘‘Carbon and alloy seamless standard, line and pressure pipe (under 4.5 inches) from Romania (A–485–805),’’ dated March 7, 2019. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28007 inquiry, we received information from CBP regarding entries of subject merchandise from Silcotub. In February 2019, we requested entry packages for shipments identified in the CBP data and placed the information on the record for comment.10 Also in February 2019, the petitioner submitted a request for a partial withdrawal of administrative review with respect to TMK-Artrom.11 Subsequently, we selected ArcelorMittal as a mandatory respondent 12 and issued the AD questionnaire to this company. On March 4, 2019, we rescinded the administrative review with respect to TMK-Artrom.13 On March 20, 2019, ArcelorMittal submitted a no shipment certification letter in response to Commerce’s questionnaire.14 We transmitted a ‘‘NoShipment Inquiry’’ to CBP with respect to this company and placed the response from CBP on the record.15 We received timely comments from Silcotub on the entry documents for shipments identified in the CBP data.16 The petitioner submitted pre-preliminary comments on May 7, 2019.17 As CBP entry documents are business proprietary, our analysis of Silcotub’s no shipment claim is contained in a 10 See Memorandum, ‘‘Request for U.S. Entry Documents—2017–2018 Administrative Review of Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe (Under 4.5 Inches) from Romania,’’ dated February 5, 2019; see also Memorandum, ‘‘2017–2018 Administrative Review of Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe (Under 4.5 Inches) from Romania: Entry Documents Requested,’’ dated March 26, 2019 (Entry Documents). 11 See Petitioner’s Letter, ‘‘Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard Line, and Pressure Pipe (Under 4.5 Inches) from Romania: Partial Withdrawal of Request for Administrative Review of Antidumping Order,’’ dated February 13, 2019. 12 See Memorandum, ‘‘2017–2018 Administrative Review of Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe (Under 4.5 Inches) from Romania: Second Respondent Selection,’’ dated February 26, 2019. 13 See Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe (Under 4.5 Inches) From Romania: Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2017–2018, 42 FR 7345 (March 4, 2019). 14 See ArcelorMittal’s Letter, ‘‘Antidumping Duty Administrative Review of Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe (under 4.5 inches) from Romania; ArcelorMittal Tubular Products Roman S.A.: Notice of No Sales,’’ dated March 20, 2019. 15 See Memorandum, ‘‘Carbon and alloy seamless standard, line and pressure pipe (under 4.5 inches) from Romania (A–485–805),’’ dated April 24, 2019 (Customs Response for ArcelorMittal). 16 See Silcotub’s Letter, ‘‘Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe (under 1 4 ⁄2 inches) from Romania: Comments on CBP Entry Documentation,’’ dated April 5, 2019. 17 See Petitioner’s Letter, ‘‘Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard Line, and Pressure Pipe (Under 4.5 Inches) from Romania: U.S. Steel’s PrePreliminary Comments,’’ dated May 7, 2019. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 116 (Monday, June 17, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 28005-28007]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-12750]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Middle Fork Ranger District; Willamette National Forest; Lane 
County Oregon; Youngs Rock Rigdon EIS

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

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

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SUMMARY: The USDA Forest Service is preparing an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) for the Youngs Rock Rigdon project. The project area is 
located on the western slope of the Cascades in the Upper Middle Fork 
Willamette Watershed, approximately 15 miles south of Oakridge, OR. The 
project area is approximately 33,000 acres in size. Forest management 
treatments are proposed on approximately 6,800 acres within the project 
area. The project area is within the Northwest Forest Plan management 
allocations of Matrix, Late Successional Reserve, Administratively 
Withdrawn, and Riparian Reserves (3,000 acres). Treatments are also 
proposed in the 1990 Willamette Forest Plan Deadhorse Special Interest 
Area (SIA), which would require a Forest Plan Amendment.

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received 
by July 17, 2019. The draft EIS is expected April 2020 and the final 
EIS is expected January 2021.

ADDRESSES: Scoping comments can be submitted electronically through 
https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=55868. Written comments may be submitted via mail 
or by hand delivery to Duane F. Bishop, District Ranger, Middle Fork 
Ranger District, 46375 Highway 58, Westfir, OR 97492.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Tucker (District Planner) by 
email at [email protected] or by phone at 541-782-5346, between 
8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. 
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for

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the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 
1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through 
Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Purpose and Need for Action

    The overall purpose of the Youngs Rock Rigdon EIS is to restore and 
enhance the ecological, social, and economic aspects of the landscape. 
The actions proposed in the Youngs Rock Rigdon project are needed to 
improve stand and landscape diversity, structure, and resiliency; 
strategically reduce hazardous fuels; sustainably manage existing trail 
systems and dispersed recreation while minimizing impacts to natural 
resources; identify a sustainable road system needed for safe and 
efficient travel and for administration, utilization, and protection of 
National Forest System lands; and provide a sustainable supply of 
forest products.

Proposed Action

    The Middle Fork Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest 
is proposing multiple actions to meet the purpose and need of the 
project, as described below.
    Commercial and non-commercial thinning and regeneration harvest is 
proposed in about 4,500 acres of stands. Within the 3,000 acres of 
older natural origin stands of mixed conifer forest, the emphasis is on 
creating late seral open forest through variable density thinning with 
skips (untreated areas) and gaps (openings) scattered throughout the 
stands. This thinning would be primarily through timber harvesting but 
also includes using non-commercial methods such as underburning, fall 
and leave, and fall and remove for aquatic habitat restoration 
activities. Gap sizes range from 0.25 to 3 acres in size. Within the 
1,500 acres of younger managed stands of mixed conifer and moister 
upland forest, the emphasis is on connecting late seral forest and 
creating open seral forest. Multiple logging systems, road maintenance, 
temporary road construction, and pit development would be required for 
commercial harvest. Meadow restoration activities on approximately 300 
acres would include tree cutting, piling, pile burning, pruning, 
noxious weed treatment, underburning, and planting native plants. 
Aquatic restoration activities would occur on approximately 700 acres 
of floodplain and Riparian Reserves and include streamside tree 
tipping, Riparian Reserve fall and leave, and floodplain augmentation 
and instream restoration. Thinning and fuel treatments would occur in 
some Riparian Reserves outside of riparian no harvest areas and would 
include allowing backing prescribed fire. All treatments would be 
designed to maintain and/or improve Aquatic Conservation Strategy 
Objectives.
    Hazardous fuel reduction treatments would be proposed to reduce 
existing fuel loadings as well as to reduce logging slash in treated 
stands to levels within Forest Plan standards and guidelines. 
Treatments would be proposed in locations that would offer a strategic 
benefit, in regard to tactics and firefighter safety, for future fire 
management. Proposed treatments on approximately 1,300 acres of 
understory fuel treatment units are strategically located to connect 
fuel breaks around adjacent private industrial forest and would include 
underburning, understory thinning (removal of brush and trees less than 
7 inch DBH [diameter at breast height]), pruning, whipfelling, 
chipping, piling, and burning. Total post-harvest fuel treatments are 
4,500 acres.
    The proposed action includes relocating two miles of existing trail 
and removing and replacing two bridges to minimize impacts within the 
floodplain and required maintenance due to poor current location. The 
project also proposes to manage dispersed recreation sites within close 
proximity to Endangered Species Act listed fish habitat. This would 
result in some sites being decommissioned, and others being managed to 
minimize impacts to natural resources (i.e., walk-in sites; designated 
parking areas, and non-motorized restrictions).
    The proposed action would identify a sustainable road system needed 
for safe and efficient travel and for administration, utilization, and 
protection of National Forest System lands. The District Ranger and 
project Interdisciplinary Team propose to implement the Willamette 
National Forest Road Investment Strategy, which would result in 
recommendations for system roads to remain open, be stabilized and 
stored, or be decommissioned.
    The activities in the proposed action would provide a sustainable 
supply of forest products including approximately 65 million board feet 
of timber.

Forest Plan Amendment

    Restoration is needed for the unique mixed conifer forest of oaks 
and pines in western Oregon. Past fire suppression has created dense 
forest, where oaks and pine require open forest. The Forest Plan 
Amendment would allow timber harvest to reduce stand density in the 
Deadhorse Management Area 5a--SIA where no programmed harvest is 
allowed (Willamette Land and Resource Management Plan, IV p. 138). 
About 400 acres of treatments in the 1,701 acre Deadhorse SIA is 
proposed, including prescribed fire, meadow enhancement, and removal of 
timber on about 80 acres; while maintaining and protecting the SIA 
cultural features. The amendment is specific to the project area and 
proposed activities and follows the 2012 Planning Rule. The substantive 
provisions of 36 CFR 219.8 through 219.11 that directly apply to the 
proposed amendment are Sec.  219.8 Sustainability and Sec.  219.9 
Diversity of plant and animal communities.

Responsible Official

    The responsible official will be Duane F. Bishop, District Ranger, 
Middle Fork Ranger District.

Nature of Decision To Be Made

    Given the purpose and need, the responsible official will determine 
whether the proposed actions comply with all applicable laws governing 
Forest Service actions and with the applicable standards and guidelines 
found in the Willamette Forest Plan; whether the EIS has sufficient 
site-specific environmental analysis to make an informed decision; and 
whether the proposed action meets the purpose and need for action. With 
this information, the responsible official must decide whether to 
select the proposed action or one of any other potential alternatives 
that may be developed, and what, if any, additional actions should be 
required.

Scoping Process

    This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides 
the development of the EIS. Public comments regarding this proposal are 
requested in order to assist in identifying issues and opportunities 
associated with the proposal, how to best manage resources, and to 
focus the analysis. Those wishing to object must meet the requirements 
at 36 CFR 218.
    It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times 
and in such manner that they are useful to the agency's preparation of 
the EIS. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of 
the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer's 
concerns and contentions.
    Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names 
and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record 
for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be 
accepted and

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considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the Agency 
with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent 
environmental documents.

    Dated: May 16, 2019.
Frank R. Beum,
Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System.
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