The U.S. Forest Service has rescheduled its 30-day public comment period for the Bybee vegetation management project in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Because the action alternative maps were difficult to read in the original material made available, the agency has reset the comment period, according to forest supervisor Rob MacWhorter.
Instead of ending Feb. 14, the new comment period, which began Tuesday, ends Feb. 28.
If the proposed alternative is selected in the 290-page environmental assessment for the project in the High Cascades Ranger District, some 45 million board feet of timber would be harvested.
The 16,215-acre project is scattered throughout a block shaped like the state of Oregon between Highway 230 and Crater Lake National Park. The southern tip of the tract is about 15 miles north of Prospect.
"The objectives of the Bybee vegetation management project are to improve forest stand conditions, which includes stand diversity, density and structure," MacWhorter said in a prepared statement.
"This will enhance forest health and resiliency in the Upper Rogue Watershed," he added. "This project also provides for commercial timber products while reducing the risk of high-intensity wildfires."
For more specifics on the project and how to comment, see http://tinyurl.com/bkgelgh.
The EA is available for review from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. week days at the Medford Interagency Office, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford.
— Paul Fattig