TWISP — A U.S. Forest Service plan to manage fuels would include logging, thinning, under-burning and constructing firelines on 47,000 acres south and east of Twisp.
The Methow Valley Ranger District is seeking comments on the South Summit Forest and Fuels Project by Feb. 4.
The project area is within these watersheds: Lower Beaver Creek, Frazer Creek, Summit Creek, Chiliwist Creek, Benson Creek, Alder Creek-Methow River, Texas Creek-Methow River, French Creek, and Swamp Creek.
Logging activities would remove both saw timber and timber for pulp mills, wood pellet manufacturers and power generation.
The project attempts to restore resiliency of the forest to insects, disease and wildlife in an area where fire has been absent. It addresses the need to thin dense forest stands and reduce fire hazard, and to modify some existing road system for long-term management.
Information is available at the district office in Winthrop and online atfs.usda.gov/okawen and then clicking on land and resources management, and then projects to find the South Summit project. Comments can be sent to District Ranger Michael Liu, 24 W. Chewuch Road, Winthrop, WA 98862, or by email to email@example.com.