Forest Service Releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Public Comment

by | Nov 4, 2020 | Recreation


Stella Project Aims to Increase Resiliency on Approximately 44,000 Acres


PROSPECT, OR October 30, 2020 –The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Stella Landscape Restoration Project is available for public review and comment today. The public will have 45 days to provide comments. This DEIS analyzes numerous restoration actions, including vegetation treatments, prescribed fire, upland and aquatic habitat restoration to benefit an array of species, and provide sustainable recreation and roads.


The project aims to increase resiliency on approximately 44,000 acres of the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Umpqua National Forests, north and west of Prospect, Oregon in the headwaters of the Rogue River watershed.


“The Stella project will provide additional protection for local communities from the threat of wildland fires, as well as increase timber production for local and regional economies in southwest Oregon,” said Forest Supervisor Merv George, Jr.


In the DEIS, the Forest Service proposes a variety of restoration treatments to reduce the risk to communities from wildfire while providing economic benefit to the counties. It is anticipated that planned restoration treatments from the Stella Landscape Restoration project would produce approximately 80 million board feet of timber.


Visit the RRSNF website to review the Draft EIS and project area maps.


A Notice of Availability (NOA) published in the Federal Register today initiates a 45-day public comment period.  Legal notices referencing the NOA will also be published in Medford’s Mail Tribune and Roseburg’s The News-Review.

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