South ForkBLUE RIVER: The U.S. Forest Service is looking at 834 acres along the South Fork McKenzie River for some restoration work. The area extends from the base of Cougar Dam to the confluence with the McKenzie River (approximately 4.5 miles). Features include the mainstem channel and all the current or historic side channels along with the floodplain. Most of the project area is under Forest Service ownership, except for approximately 32 acres owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
The project was designed to improve habitat, ecological function, and biological productivity for endangered species including spring Chinook salmon and bull trout, Pacific lamprey, and other native fish, western pond turtle, amphibians, beaver, and waterfowl. It is currently in the preliminary design phase with an expected final design by December, followed by and environmental analysis and documentation completed by March of 2016. Officials say comments are appreciated anytime, however, for input to be timely and considered in project design, they should be received by December 13, 2015.

Goose ProjectA document outlining plans for the Goose Project has been released by the Willamette National Forest. The draft record of decision and final environmental impact statement affects 17,932 acres along Highways 126 and 242, near the community of McKenzie Bridge.
District Ranger Terry Baker noted the Goose project was designed to provide a sustainable supply of timber products, reduce hazardous fuels, and “Actively manage stands to improve stand conditions, diversity, density, and structure.”





MeetingRAINBOW: People had a chance to place some priorities on places that matter to them last Wednesday night. They did it by marking up maps to show which U.S. Forest Service roads they use and what sort of special places they feel are along those routes.
“You should mark the areas that you appreciate - maybe because you work up there,” explained Matt Peterson, assistant  recreation  officer for the Willamette Forest. Using comment sheets linked to the marked up maps, people were also encouraged to list some of their thoughts on why those areas are important, what they do there and what sort of road management would be appropriate.


Industrial Fire Precaution Level Increases on the Willamette National Forest
Due to increased fire danger levels, the Willamette National Forest is increasing the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to a three, effective 12:01 am on Thursday, September 11.
The IFPL applies to permitted and industrial operations, including woodcutting, on federal lands. IFPL III is considered a “partial shutdown.” Under a level III, the following activities are prohibited, except as indicated:

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