San Juan National Forest’s Columbine Ranger District invites public input on a proposal for the Southern HDs Landscape Restoration Project.
Residents may participate in the planning process by sharing suggestions for how to make the project better, specific concerns or information about the project area. A public scoping period is open until Oct. 13.
The proposed activities are to manage vegetation using methods such as prescribed burning, small-scale tree thinning, public fuelwood sales, mowing or targeted livestock grazing. The proposal also includes the possible designation of one proposed fire control line as a motorized OHV trail.
The main purpose of these treatments would be to restore the land to more favorable vegetation conditions and reduce risk from wildfire. The project covers about 34,000 acres and is located south of U.S. Highway 160 in the HD Mountains southeast of Bayfield. This project would complete the analysis and authorization for restoration of all USFS lands in the HDs.
View a scoping notice, including a map, and provide input online at www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58742. There will be additional opportunities for input as the planning process continues, but early participation is encouraged.
For more information, call the Columbine Ranger District at 884-2512.