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Forest Harvesting Isn't So Bad After All

New study identifies biomass harvesting techniques that have few long-term impacts

MOSCOW, Idaho, October 6, 2016 - A set of newly published studies evaluated nearly forty years of data on the impacts of biomass utilization on soil, tree, and plant recovery and found minimal impact using certain forest harvesting techniques.

Scientists collect samples from the forest floor at the Coram Experimental Forest in Montana.Scientists collect samples from the forest floor at the Coram Experimental Forest in Montana.
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Wildfire, recreational safety: Everyone’s responsibility this holiday weekend

Kaibab National Forest officials are expecting increased numbers of visitors at the forest’s more popular recreational areas over the Fourth of July weekend. Visitors are encouraged to use caution during all recreational activities that could potentially cause personal injury or a wildfire. The following are tips for having a safe and pleasant visit to the Kaibab National Forest: 

Campfires, Smoking and Fireworks: Forest visitors are reminded that although some areas of the forest have received some isolated moisture, the forest remains in very high fire danger and campfire and smoking restrictions are in effect in order to protect public health and reduce preventable human-caused fires.

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Forest Service Makes it Easier for Visitors to Enjoy National Forests and Grasslands

Announces Steps to Modernize Recreation Permitting Process

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced steps to make it easier for outfitters, guides, schools, non-profits and other partners to take groups out to enjoy outdoor activities on national forests and grasslands. By streamlining the approach to special-use permitting for national forests and grasslands, our natural resources will be even more accessible to Americans.

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Forest Service Publishes Region’s Travel Analysis Reports

USFS LogoAnalyses will guide national forests toward sustainable road system in Pacific Northwest Forests

Portland, Ore -- The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region released 17 travel analysis reports this week that outline existing road systems and identify opportunities to achieve a more sustainable system of roads for each national forest in the Pacific Northwest. These travel analysis reports are part of nationwide requirement involving national forests across the country. 

John Stewart

Forest OHV trails reopen for 2015; feature improvements

To protect trails and riders, OHV areas are subject to closure after prolonged or heavy rainfall when usage would result in forest damage. Before every ride, OHV users are encouraged to ‘call before you haul’ and check the recreation conditions report online at go.usa.gov/3jkxQ.
 
“By treading lightly you can ride hard and still keep the trail beautiful, healthy, and open for future generations” added Jewett.
 
For forest information, maps, and alerts visit:
·         OHV maps: go.usa.gov/3gp3R
·         Text message: text ‘follow chattoconeenf’ to 40404
·         Smart phone/tablet app: go.usa.gov/Jwgh
 
OHV trail riding areas and winter work:

Beasley Knob OHV Trails Open Routine maintenance and approximately 4.5 miles of trail reroutes.
Davenport Mountain OHV Trails Open None
Whissenhunt OHV Trails Open Trail assessment to identify problem areas for future improvements.
Locust Stake OHV Trail System Open None
Oakey Mountain OHV Trails Open None
Houston Valley OHV Trails Open Routine maintenance, trail reroute, installation of size limiting gates, new information board and signs, and fencing upgrades.
Rock Creek ORV Trail Open None
Rocky Flats OHV Trail Open None
Tatum Lead ORV Trail Open None
Windy Gap, Milma Creek, and Tibbs OHV Trails Open None
Roberts Bike Camp OHV Trails Open None
Town Creek OHV Trails Open None

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide the finest outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources in Georgia. Featuring nearly 867,000 acres across 26 counties, thousands of miles of clear-running streams and rivers, approximately 850 miles of recreation trails, and dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation activity opportunities, these lands are rich in natural scenery, history and culture. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is part of the Southern Region, with the Forest Supervisor’s office in Gainesville, Georgia, managing four District units in Blairsville (Blue Ridge District), Lakemont (Chattooga River District), Chatsworth (Conasauga District), and Eatonton (Oconee District).

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