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Sweet Pea Timber Sale Decision Record

The Bureau of Land Management Cascades Field Office (BLM) has completed the Bi-County Project Environmental Assessment (EA) and signed the 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 EA and signed FONSI can be found under the "Documents" section to the left. Maps for the EA can be found under the "Maps" section to the left. 

The BLM has signed a Decision Record (DR) to implement the Sweet Pea Timber Sale, comprised of one unit under the Proposed Action in the EA, to regeneration harvest 25 acres of forest stands 87 years old, located in Township 7 South, Range 2 East, Section 33, W.M., Marion County. Other actions include but are not limited to renovation of approximately 0.18 miles of existing road and maintenance of approximately 2.67 miles of existing road. Fuels treatment will be completed on approximately 16 acres which includes 14 acres of machine piles and two acres of landing piles. The DR can be found in the "Documents" section to the left, under "Decision Records". 

The decision described in this document is a forest management decision and is subject to protest by the public. In accordance with Forest Management Regulations at 43 CFR 5003, protests of this decision may be made within 15 days of the publication of a notice of decision in a newspaper of general circulation. For this project, the Notice of Sale will be published in the Molalla Pioneer newspaper on or around August 14, 2019. To protest this decision a person must submit a written protest to John Huston, Cascades Field Manager, 1717 Fabry Rd. SE, Salem, Oregon 97306 by the close of business (4:00 p.m.) on August 29, 2019. The regulations do not authorize the acceptance of protests in any form other than a signed, written hard copy that is delivered to the physical address of the advertising BLM office. A written protest electronically transmitted (e.g. email, facsimile, or social media) will not be accepted as a protest.


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