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Public Meeting scheduled for Two Eagle Project

Public Meeting scheduled for Two Eagle Project

BAKER CITY, Ore. – The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest will host an open house regarding the Two Eagle Vegetation Management Project on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 4-6 p.m. at the La Grande Ranger District Office. The objective of the meeting is to gather ideas and feedback from the public on project development and restoration activities and to provide information to private landowners on potential resources available to assist with resource management activities on their private forest lands.

The Two Eagle planning area encompasses an estimated 6,929 acres in the West Eagle, Upper Eagle and Eagle-Bennett Creek subwatersheds of the Eagle Creek watershed.  The planning area includes portions of the Eagle Creek Wild and Scenic River Corridor and numerous developed recreation facilities including seven recreation residences associated with Boulder Park Recreation Area and the historic Two Color Guard Station.  The project area encompasses approximately 2,297 acres of the Eagle Creek and Tamarack Campground wildland urban interface area (WUI) located in and around the developed recreation facilities.

 “As residents, permittees and recreational users of this portion of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, we are interested in seeking your input and thoughts on proposed restoration activities for this project,” said Bill Gamble, La Grande District Ranger. “We want to start the conversation and provide an opportunity for public input to the proposed action. We hope you can join us at this meeting.”

The purpose and need for the project is to restore overall landscape resiliency to the project area against future wildfire and insects/disease. Additionally, the project is anticipated to benefit local communities and economies by providing a diversity of products from timber harvest activities, recreational opportunities, and other indirect benefits from increasing resiliency of public lands, such as clean water and air.

The proposed action is still in development and includes 1,505 acres of commercial treatment, 1,020 acres of non-commercial treatments and 3,465 acres of prescribed burning. Eight of the commercial treatment acres are within riparian areas and focus on cottonwood enhancement.

For more information about the project or the public meeting, please contact Brianna Carollo at 541-962-8588 or briannakcarollo@fs.fed.us.

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