USDA Accepting Comments on Millsteck Large Wood Project

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – November 15, 2019 – The USDA Forest Service is accepting comments for large wood to five streams and their tributaries on the Marienville Ranger District, Allegheny National Forest.

The environmental analysis will propose five projects, which will reduce flood peaks by diverting flows to side channels and improve stream habitat by felling up to 70 trees per mile into these five streams and their tributaries (9.3 stream miles total) and onto their floodplains.

Proposed Project Areas:

Stream   Miles   Warrants   Township   County  
Gurgling Run   2.8   4134, 4135   Millstone   Elk  
  4130, 4136   Jenks   Forest    
East Branch Millstone Creek   2.8   4129, 4135   Millstone   Elk  
  4130   Jenks   Forest    
Steck Run   1.7   2362, 2369, 2667   Millstone   Elk  
Church Run   1.5   2581, 2596, 2792, Robert Allison   Millstone   Elk  
Winlack Run   0.5   2542, 2543   Millstone   Elk  

 

Project treatments will include:

  • Level 1 treatments would use chainsaws only to fell trees into stream channels.
  • Level 2 treatments would use a combination of chainsaws and a grip hoist or winch to place the wood in the channels.

Some minor disturbance of the organic layer of the soils would be caused where the grip-hoist or winch is used to position the large wood in the stream channel. Heavy equipment will not be used for this project, and except for operational safety, live hemlock or white pine will not be felled for this project.

Comments for these projects will be most helpful by December 2, 2019.

If you would like more information, please contact Kevin Treese at 814-927-5759 or kevin.treese@usda.gov.