Public Input Sought On Laramie Peak Unit Vegetation Project

(DOUGLAS, Wyo.)  September 17, 2019 – The U.S. Forest Service, Douglas Ranger District, is seeking public input on the proposed Laramie Peak Unit Timber and Fuels Management Project in Albany and Converse Counties, Wyo.

The project decision will utilize Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 and 2018 Farm Act categorical exclusion authority, with an open public process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed.

The project area is located about 30 miles southwest of Douglas, within the Horseshoe Creek, LaBonte Creek, and Cottonwood Creek Geographic Areas, as defined by the Forest Plan. Those locations are within the northeast portion of the Laramie Range and in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

The main purposes of the project would be to address the need to restore forested lands due to declining forest health, accomplish localized fuels reduction, and reduce wildfire risk. The project would promote a resilient forest using vegetation treatments on up to 3,000 acres of national forest. As appropriate for the forest type, the project would maximize the retention of large live trees. Additionally, it would prohibit the establishment of permanent roads and would include decommissioning of temporary roads created by the project within three years of project completion.

Public comments would be most helpful by Fri., Sept. 27, 2019. A public open house for those interested in treatment area details will take place on Wed., Sept. 18, 2019 at the Converse County Library, 300 Walnut St., Douglas, Wyo., 82633 from 6-7 p.m. Comments received prior to the open house will be used to guide discussions at the event.

Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) are being conducted concurrently. NEPA scoping letters and notices which invite public comment as part of the NEPA process also serve to notify and invite public comment on the proposal as stipulated by the NHPA.

The project web site is located at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56224.

Feedback can be mailed, or hand delivered to – U.S. Forest Service, attn.: Douglas District Ranger Rob Robertson, 2250 E. Richards St., Douglas, WY, 82633.

For additional information or to email comments, contact Ranger Robertson, at robert.robertson@usda.gov or (307) 358-4690.