Twitchell Fire Salvage Sale
USDA Forest Service
Fishlake National Forest
Beaver Ranger District
The Beaver Ranger District of the Fishlake National Forest is proposing to salvage fire killed or damaged timber from the approximately 1,270 acres within the 44,376 acre Twitchell Canyon fire which burned on National Forest System lands. The Twitchell Fire Salvage Sale is located in the Indian Creek, North Fork of North Creek and Shingle Creek drainages of the Tushar Mountain range.
The purpose of this project is to recover the economic value of burned timber before the commercial value of the wood is lost to deterioration, to replace growing stock by planting trees within the previously harvested and stocked areas, and to provide public safety along existing roads and near dispersed campsites. The analysis area is comprised of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest types. Dead ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir and white fir trees deteriorate rapidly relative to wood quality, volume and value.
The “North Fork of North Creek” area is located approximately 12 miles northeast of Beaver, UT, along Forest Road 591, in the North Fork of North Creek Drainage. The project area is approximately 315 acres and approximately 400 CCF (hundred cubic feet).
The “Indian Creek” area is located approximately 18 miles northeast of Beaver, UT, along Forest Road 118, in the Indian Creek Drainage. The project area is approximately 582 acres and 3,000 CCF.
The “Sawmill Bench” area is located approximately 38 miles northeast of Beaver, UT, along Forest Road 114, in the Shingle Creek Drainage. The project area is approximately 373 acres and 600 CCF.
No inventoried roadless areas are located within the project area. Also, there are no areas of wilderness potential that were identified and evaluated during Forest plan revision located within the project area.
The District Ranger has made a preliminary assessment that the effects for the project will be minor and can be documented in an Environmental Assessment. Comments concerning the scope of the analysis will be most useful if submitted on or before April 27, 2012. Comments can be mailed to: Amy Barker, Beaver Ranger District, P.O. Box E, Beaver, UT 84713.
For more detailed information contact Monty Cartwright at (435) 438-2436.
Published in The Richfield Reaper April 4, 2012. UPAXLP