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The Bureau of Land Management Cascades Field Office (BLM) has completed the Bi-County Project Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The EA analyzes the Bi-County project, located on BLM-administered lands in Township 6 South, Range 1 East, Sections 13 and 25, and Township 7 South, Range 2 East, Sections 9, 15, 23, 27, and 33, W.M. in Clackamas and Marion Counties, Oregon. The project area is located approximately 10 miles east of the City of Silverton, Oregon.

The EA analyzes three action alternatives, including the Proposed Action with a Sub-alternative, Alternative 1, Alternative 2, and the No Action Alternative. Under the Proposed Action, the BLM would conduct 543 acres of regeneration harvest on 38- to 128-year-old forest stands, and commercially thin 38 acres of 38- to 52-year-old forest stands within the Harvest Land Base (HLB) – Moderate Intensity Timber Area (MITA) Land Use Allocation (LUA). Alternative 1 proposes regeneration harvest on approximately 581 acres of 38 to 128-year old forest stands within the HLB –MITA LUA. Alternative 2 proposes commercial thinning on approximately 581 acres of 38 to 128-year-old forest stands within the HLB –MITA LUA. All action alternatives would have associated connected actions, including new road construction, existing road maintenance, existing road renovation and improvement, road stabilization and closure, road decommissioning, culvert installation/replacement, site preparation, fuels treatments, and reforestation.

The BLM is currently undergoing public review of the EA and unsigned FONSI, which can be found under the “Documents” section to the left. Please send written comments on the EA to John Huston, Cascades Field Office Manager, BLM Northwest Oregon District, 1717 Fabry Road SE, Salem, OR 97306. Comments may also be sent via email to blm_or_no_publiccomments_nepa@blm.gov or submitted via the “Documents” section to the left. The comment period on the EA will end on May 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the same times as the EA during regular business hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm), Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representative or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for inspection in their entirety.

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