Forest Officials Seek Public Input On Watershed Restoration, Recreation Proposal

November 2018 Powersport News

Hebo, OR – Officials from the Hebo Ranger District of the Siuslaw National Forest are seeking public input on an initial proposal to restore and improve ecological conditions in the Sand Lake watershed, north of Pacific City, while expanding opportunities for non-motorized recreation. 

Comments provided by the public during this early phase of the environmental review process will be incorporated into the analysis and will help land managers refine the proposal to address the needs of the public. The intent of the Sand Lake Restoration Project is to promote the development of old growth characteristics by enhancing growth, health, structure, and diversity of forest stands, as well as to improve stream habitat for Coho salmon and other aquatic species.

In order to accomplish this work, the proposal includes thinning approximately 2,900 acres of previously harvested young plantation forest, creating and enhancing wildlife habitat, treating invasive species, replacing culverts, and road reconstruction, maintenance, and decommissioning. The proposal also includes development of a non-motorized multi-use trail system, ensuring measures are in place to reduce or mitigate potential impacts to fish and wildlife.

“Public input is a critical part of this process,” said Deborah Wilkins, Hebo District Ranger. “This initial proposal was crafted by working with our communities and listening to feedback we heard during our early public outreach, public meetings and field trips. We’re looking forward to hearing what people have to say about it.”

Those who are interested in the Sand Lake Restoration Project are encouraged to get involved in the planning process. Detailed information about the project, including maps of the proposal area, are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53176 or by contacting the Hebo Ranger District at (503) 392-5100.

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