Herman Project to help maintain forest health

Bearlodge Ranger District is proposing timber harvest, fuel reduction, prescribed burning, and watershed improvements in the Herman Forest Management Project area. An environmental assessment for this project is now available for public review and comment.

The Herman Project area is located on the west side of the Bear Lodge Mountains, north of Sundance, Wyoming. Landmarks include Blacktail Creek, Lytle Creek, Lame Jones Creek, Huett Spring, and Manly Hill. The project area includes 20,726 acres of lands administered by the Forest Service.

The purpose of the project is to maintain and increase forest resilience to disturbances such as wildfire, mountain pine beetle infestation, and noxious weed invasion, while producing timber, forage, and wildlife habitat in support of Black Hills National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan goals.

The environmental assessment describes proposed actions and their expected effects. Commercial timber harvest is proposed on 2,250 to 6,290 acres, depending on alternative. Between 1,800 and 3,300 acres would be treated with prescribed fire. Watershed improvement projects would occur in up to 58 locations to reduce sedimentation of streams. Noxious weed treatments would take place to limit or eradicate knapweed and leafy spurge infestations.

The environmental assessment is available online at http://tinyurl.com/3mhx8ej or on request from the Bearlodge Ranger District at (307) 283-1361. Public review and comment are welcome.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills