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(PA) Elk and Forest Counties, PA, NOI for EIS

Ed A. Stevens

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Elk and Forest Counties, PA; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement


[Federal Register: March 7, 2003 (Volume 68, Number
[Page 11033-11035]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access



Elk and Forest Counties, PA; Notice of Intent To
Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

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


[[Page 11034]]

SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental
Policy Act,
notice is hereby given that the Forest Service,
Allegheny National
Forest (ANF), Marienville Ranger District will prepare
a Draft
Environmental Impact Statement to disclose the
consequences of the proposed Brush Creek Project. The
purpose of this
project is to move the ANF from the existing condition
towards the
desired condition, as detailed in the Allegheny
National Forest Land
and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan).
The Forest Plan provides for management of forest
Management objectives include producing a sustainable
supply of high-
quality saw timber and wood products, developing and
maintaining a wide
array of wildlife habitats, and providing a range of
settings and experiences. The Allegheny National
Forest is divided into
specific zones or Management Areas. Specific
objectives are defined for
each Management Area, and the Brush Creek Project Area
Management Areas 1.0, 3.0, 6.1, and 6.3. MA 3.0
emphasizes timber
harvest as a means for making desired changes to
forest vegetation and
satisfying the public demand for timber products.
Management Area 1.0
emphasizes habitat conditions in early successional
forest stages and
those wildlife species dependent on such habitat.
Management Area 6.1
emphasizes management of forest vegetation as mature
or over mature
forest. Management Area 6.3 is a special management
area designated for
waterfowl and associated riparian habitat management.
In order to move toward the Desired Condition
proposed activities
include: (1) Regeneration harvests consisting of
shelterwood seed/
removal cuts, overstory removal cuts, clearcuts, and
two-age harvests;
(2) Intermediate harvest consisting of
thinning/improvement cuts,
single tree and group selection, salvage harvests, and
release cuts
(pre-commercial timber stand improvement); (3)
Reforestation treatment
consisting of herbicide application, site preparation,
fencing, release, and, planting; (4) Wildlife habitat
consisting of (a) restoring/improving aquatic habitat
through planting
and controlling aquatic, shrub, and conifer and
streamside vegetation
species and rehabilitating erosion prone areas and
placing aquatic
structures and coarse woody debris, (b)
improving terrestrial habitat vegetation through
planting and releasing
native trees and shrubs, prescribed burning, and
opening management
through planting and seeding of native herbaceous
vegetation, (c)
restoring/improving terrestrial habitat structure
through aspen
management, creating snag and providing coarse woody
debris, and
placing nest structures; (5) Transportation activities
consisting of
road construction, reconstruction, eliminating
unnecessary roads,
limestone surfacing, maintaining roads to high
standards, and pit
expansion/construction; (6) Recreation activities
including trail
realignment, construction of parking areas, and
efforts to curb illegal
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use.
During project analysis issues will be identified
that focus on the
management of the area. Alternatives will be developed
to show various
ways to address the issues. This process is driven by
comments received
from the public, other agencies, and internal Forest
Service concerns.
To assist in commenting, a scoping letter providing
more detailed
information on the project proposal has been prepared
and is available
to interested parties.

DATES: The public comment period will be for 30 days
from the date this
notice is published in the Federal Register. Comments
and suggestions
concerning the scope of the analysis should be
submitted within this
timeframe to ensure consideration.