The Jackson Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Teton to Snake Fuels Management Project. Following the DEIS, the Notice of Availability (NOA) for the open comment period is scheduled to start approximately on August 7, 2015.
The Teton to Snake Fuels Management Project is located in Teton and Lincoln Counties just west of the town of Jackson, Wyoming. This project proposes to use thinning and prescribed fire treatments in the wildland-urban interface to reduce potential wildfire intensity and the need for aggressive suppression responses; reduce the likelihood of wildfire spreading to private lands; increase firefighter safety; and allow fire to operate more freely as a natural ecosystem process, especially in the Palisades Wilderness Study Area (WSA).
The DEIS includes three alternatives analyzed in detail. Alternative 3 (the preferred alternative) would mechanically thin about 1,800 acres and use prescribed fire on about 12,500 acres. Mechanical thinning would include commercial and non-commercial activities. All actions include design features and best management practices to reduce or eliminate potential adverse environmental effects. No construction of temporary or permanent roads, or commercial harvest would occur within the WSA or inventoried roadless areas. The project’s Wildland Urban Interface area is considered as having one of the highest fire risk ratings in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, as it is located near a highly dense residential area.
The Environmental Protection Agency will publish a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the DEIS in the Federal Register. Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 45 days following that date. The publication date of the NOA in the Federal Register is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for a proposed action documented in a draft EIS. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. The NOA will be posted on the Forest’s website upon publication.
Online copies of the document and comment instructions can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=23638. For more information about this project, contact Steve Markason, North Zone Fire Management Officer at (307) 739-5431 or firstname.lastname@example.org