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Fernow Experimental Forest

FERNOW EXPERIMENTAL FOREST 2016-2020
Legal Notice of Scoping – Opportunity to Provide Input
The USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Timber & Watershed Laboratory invites your input on a proposal to implement timber harvests, prescribed fire, and apply fertilizer to continue long-term research studies on the Fernow Experimental Forest over the next five years. The Fernow Experimental Forest is located south of Parsons in Tucker County, West Virginia.
Potential activities include: commercial timber harvest by diameter-limit harvest on 173 acres; single-tree selection on 150 acres; 24 acres of patch clearcuts (each patch is 0.4 acre) within 169 acres; and prescribed fire treatment on 391 acres. Other treatments include annual fertilization of 89 acres with ammonium sulfate fertilizer (and additions of dolomitic lime to 2 of those acres), treatments of invasive non-native plants, and maintenance of roads, decks, and other infrastructure.
If you have not received the scoping letter which contains additional information on this proposal, it can be found on the Monongahela National Forest website at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepal/project_content.php?project=45791. To provide input or obtain additional information on the proposed project, contact Thomas Schuler, at: USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, P.O. Box 404, Parsons, WV 26287; or by phone at 304-478-2000, extension 110. E-mail may be sent to: mailto:fsfernow@fs.fed.us. Please include the project name in the subject line of the e-mail.
It is the responsibility of interested parties to respond to this notice within the established time period. Your comments are important to the continued development of a well-planned project. Your comments on this proposal will be most helpful to us if we receive them by January, 26 2015.