February 28, 2017 10:10 a.m.
The Elk Creek Watershed Restoration Project Environmental Assessment and associated draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact will be released for a pre-decisional administrative review on Wednesday.
That’s the word from Umpqua National Forest Supervisor Alice Carlton. That project is in the Tiller Ranger District.
A news release from the Forest Service says that the Elk Creek Watershed Restoration Project is expected to restore meadows, oak and pine woodlands and pine forests that are overrun with Douglas fir. The release says that vegetation patterns and characteristics that existed in the Elk Creek watershed changed considerably over the last century due to an interruption of the fire cycle that existed prior to European settlement and from past management practices. Many areas than once supported stands of pine and oak are now forested with dense stands of Douglas fir, according to the release.
Alice Carlton says that external input was critical in providing local expertise and helping to understand different community values. She says the project is important from an economic viewpoint and is also important because it is designed to restore the Elk Creek watershed.
The release says the project was delayed by the Stouts Creek Fire which changed the area to be treated. Continued collaboration between the Forest Service, Douglas County government, South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership and other interested groups along with the general public helped to develop the Elk Creek restoration project to provide a balance of resources while moving the landscape to a more resilient condition.
Information on the administrative review process is in the draft Decision Notice which is available by linking to this story at www.541radio.com.
Call the Tiller Ranger District at 541-825-3100 for more information.