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FOREST PLANS SALE OF `SPIKED’ TIMBER

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Fishlake National Forest personnel are planning a timber sale in an area in which some trees have been "spiked." They also have proposed reconstructing two small reservoirs and want to burn 1,200 acres of brushland as part of a rehabilitation project.

The projects are on the Loa and Richfield ranger districts. Public comment is invited regarding the burning and reservoir reconstruction.The spiked timber was discovered last fall by Allen Hensington, resource specialist for the Fishlake Forest, and Doug Oyler, forestry technician, while observing the area on foot.

Forest personnel will attempt to find and remove the spikes prior to the sale of 589,000 board feet of Englemann spruce and about 26,000 board feet of dead timber. The sale area is south of Deep Creek and above Snow Lake on the Thousand Lake Mountain of the Loa Ranger District.

Bids will be received at that district office until 10 a.m. May 16.

It was also announced that road construction will be necessary, costing $38,645, and an option for the Forest Service to build permanent roads into the area may be considered by the successful contractor. For information, call the Loa Ranger District at (801) 836-2100 or the Fishlake National Forest at (801) 896-9233.

The proposed sagebrush burns are four miles southwest of Greenwich in Piute County and west of Koosharem near Killian Springs in Sevier County. That project was expected to go forward in April but recent storms will postpone it until some time in May.

"The purpose of the burn is to increase grass production and stimulate browse species by killing 50 to 60 percent of the sage brush and removing other old and dead vegetation," said spokesman Val Norman at the district office.

The burn will be conducted this spring. More information may be obtained by calling the Richfield District Office at (801) 896-9233. An environmental assessment has been completed for reconstruction of Abes Reservoir and Twin Ponds in the Gooseberry area, it was announced. The reservoirs are on the Richfield District and will be managed as recreational fisheries with constant water levels to be maintained all year.

Public comment will become a part of the appendix to the environmental assessment and will be used in reaching a final decision about the projects. Comments will be accepted until May 5.