Goose Project draft released
August 22, 2015
A document outlining plans for the Goose Project has been released by the Willamette National Forest. The draft record of decision and final environmental impact statement affects 17,932 acres along Highways 126 and 242, near the community of McKenzie Bridge.
District Ranger Terry Baker noted the Goose project was designed to provide a sustainable supply of timber products, reduce hazardous fuels, and “Actively manage stands to improve stand conditions, diversity, density, and structure.”
Changes have been made, he wrote, “In response to public comments and further field investigation.” Parts of the plan include reducing the total treated acreage by 27 acres, eliminate 0.2 miles of temporary road construction, post harvest underburning of 18 fewer acres and adding 11 acres for thinning.
Proposed harvest treatments would include thinning, gap creation, dominant tree release, regeneration harvest, and skips in stands ranging in age from approximately 27-127 years old. They’re expected to yield approximately 35 million board feet of timber. Approximately 6.7 miles of temporary road construction will occur and approximately 43 miles of existing road will be maintained.
Objections to the plan have to be postmarked or received within 45 days of August 17. They should be addressed to: Forest Supervisor, Reviewing Officer, Willamette National Forest, Attention: Objections, 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Springfield, OR 97477.
Image above: Maps of the Goose Project were popular at a public meeting in Rainbow last year.
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