(Objections were filed on October 22, 2012)
USFS Review Letter of BCA et al Objection, 11-21-12, 228 kb
BCA et al MPBR Project DEIS Comments, 6-25-12, 635 kb
PHAS combined MPBR Project DEIS Comments, 6-25-12, 162 kb
November 22, 2011
For our German readers: Stuttgarter Zeitung 9-8-11
Prepared for USFS Western Wildlands Environmental Threats Assessment Center January 18, 2008
Revised February 25, 2008
The Forest Service is requesting comments on the scope of a proposed MPB Response Project to pre-authorize treatments of up to 325,000 acres of the Black Hills National Forest, if pine beetle spot outbreaks occur in these areas.
The MPB Response Project Scoping Letter provides an overview of the Project proposal.
The MPB Response Project Treatment Map shows that the areas proposed for pro-active treatments are not those areas currently experiencing beetle mortality.
See the attached Comment Points Memo for suggestions to raise in your comment letters, which should be sent by September 7, 2011.
FotN etal Mountain Pine Beetle Response Project Comments w/o Figures, 8-29-11, 725 kb
PHAS etal Mountain Pine Beetle Response Project Comments, 9-7-11, 125 kb
BCA etal Mountain Pine Beetle Response Project Comments, 9-7-11, 414 kb
GRAPH (shown below): Annual BHNF Fire Acres vs. MPB-Killed Trees, 11-15-11, 18 kb
The progression of the current mountain pine beetle (MPB) outbreak on the Black Hills National Forest is shown in the map below. (Click MPB Progression 2005-2010 Map to load full-size PDF into your browser)