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WA Wild, Conservation Organizations Provide Comments on North Fork Nooksack Vegetation Management Project

Posted on Jul 2, 2020 in Conservation News, North Cascades, WA Wild Blog

The Wilderness Society, Washington Wild, American Whitewater, and American Rivers provided comments on a scoping notice for the North Fork Nooksack Vegetation Management Project.  The project is located on the Mt. Baker Ranger District on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest in Whatcom County. Read the full letter here.

The project includes a mix of commercial thinning, huckleberry restoration, and stand regeneration harvest in the North Fork Nooksack watershed. The joint comment letter asked for clarity and more detail on the proposed vegetation management activities and their potential effects on the forest ecosystems and aquatic resources of the North Fork Nooksack landscape. The letter also asked the Forest Service to ensure that the project design is consistent with the Northwest Forest Plan, which we support, and is informed by the best available science, including the best ways to help mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

Scoping is the first stage of a public comment period under the National Environmental Policy Act and precedes the development of a more in-depth draft environmental impact statement or environmental analysis which will include an additional public comment period.