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Legal Notice Of Proposed Action


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Graben Wildlife Improvement and 
Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project  
USDA Forest Service
Manti-La Sal National Forest

	The Ferron-Price District Ranger is proposing a prescribed burn of
approximately 2720 acres of spruce/fir encroachment into the aspen
vegetation type.  Broadcast burning would be utilized to reduce the
spruce/fir in these stands and to promote aspen sprouting. Graben
Wildlife Improvement and Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project is located
approximately 15 miles northwest of Orangeville, Utah and west of
Joe's Valley Reservoir. Specifically the prominent canyons that are
included within the project area are: Potters, Bacon Rind, Browns,
Bulger, Mill, Fly, Dry and Black Canyons.

	The Purpose of this project is to improve and restore aspen stands
that provide habitat for an array of wildlife species including
northern goshawk, cavity nesting birds, big game, and a variety of
migratory birds. fir has encroached into historic aspen communities-a
process of natural succession assisted by successful fire suppression.
 Much of the aspen is at risk from this conifer encroachment.  The
spruce mortality has not resulted in any significant aspen
regeneration response. The Need for this project has been driven by
the current spruce/fir encroachment and subsequent loss of aspen
habitat.

	The treatment is designed to reduce the densities of spruce/fir in
remnant aspen stands and to stimulate aspen sprouting.  This is also
expected to increase the available forage and improve fawning and
calving habitat for mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk.  It will also
improve foraging habitat and long-term nesting habitat for northern
goshawk, cavity nesting, and aspen obligate migratory birds.  If
treated subsequent fires would have less potential to develop into
fast moving, destructive wildfires; providing for a higher degree of
public and firefighter safety.  Treatments would begin in 2011 and are
anticipated to be completed by 2015.  

	Pursuant to 36 CFR 215.12(f), Categorically excluded (CE) decisions
are exempt from appeal.  This project falls into the following
categorically excluded action: FSH 1909.30.31,2 (6)  Timber stand
and/or wildlife habitat improvement activities that do not include the
use of herbicides or do not require more than 1 mile of low standard
road construction.

	The public is invited to comment on this proposal. Only those who
submit timely comments will be accepted as appellants.  Each
individual or representative from each organization, submitting
comments must either sign the comments or otherwise verify identity in
order to attain appeal eligibility. Comments received, including names
and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the
public record for this project and will be available for public
inspection. Comments should include the information required pursuant
to 36 CFR 215.6(a)(3), as published in the Federal Register on June 4,
2003.Please send written comments to:  Darren Olsen, Ferron-Price
District Ranger, Ferron Ranger District, 115 West Canyon Road,  P.O.
Box 310,  Ferron, UT  84523; phone: (435)636-3586, fax: (435)
384-3296; e-mail; comments-intermnt-manti-lasal-ferron-price@fs.fed.us
.  E-mailed comments must be submitted in MS Word (*.doc) or rich text
format (*.rtf).  Comments may also be delivered to the above address
during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Monday-Friday,
excluding federal holidays. The opportunity to comment ends 30 days
following the date of publication of this legal notice in the Emery
County Progress, Castle Dale, Utah.  If you have any questions or
would like a copy of the Proposed Action and the Purpose and Need sent
to you, please contact:  Daron Reynolds, Team Leader, 435-636-3371,
email dsreynolds@fs.fed.us.
Published in the Emery County Progress September 28, 2010.
    
    

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