National Forest Needs Public Input

National Forest Needs Public Input

National Forest Needs Public Input

The Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) will host a presentation and open house discussion on possible forest management activities for the South of Route 9 (SR9) Integrated Resource Project on Tuesday, December 10, at the Stamford Elementary School. All meetings are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Possible forest management activities in the SR9 IRP include improving wildlife habitat and watershed conditions, improving forest health conditions, and providing high quality recreation and trail opportunities. The mix of possible activities is proposed to meet the goals, objectives, and desired future conditions established in the 2006 Forest Plan.

“At the upcoming public meetings we would like to gather information from the public in order to further determine existing conditions in the area and to jointly develop possible forest activities,” said District Ranger Bill Jackson. Forest employees have been conducting field inventories on a variety of natural resources over the last two years. The University of Vermont Land Stewardship Program also compiled inventories on wetlands and non-native invasive species in the project area. Some possible activities already identified include improving diversity and wildlife habitat, restoring stream habitat by placement of large woody debris and replacing culverts, stabilizing and interpreting historic resources, and designating and maintaining a sustainable trail system.

The project area encompasses National Forest lands in the towns of Bennington, Pownal, Readsboro, Stamford, and Woodford. For more information about the project call Melissa Reichert at 802-747-6754, or email mmreichert@fs.fed.us.

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