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USFS South of Route 9 Integrated Resource Project Environmental Assessment Released for Comment

The South of Route 9 project has been designed to achieve desired conditions across the forest landscape such as improving wildlife and fish habitat, restoring soils and wetlands, improving a network of sustainable roads and trails, increasing the quality of recreation opportunities in the area, and protecting heritage resources. The proposal also includes the harvesting of timber to provide wood products to the local and regional economy, enhance forest health and diversity, and create more diverse plant and wildlife habitat.

The projectís environmental assessment has now been completed and is available for public review and comment. The completed South of Route 9 project environmental assessment and supporting documents may be found at: South of Route 9 Project Documents. The document is also available for review at the Manchester Ranger Station located in Manchester Center, Vermont; and town offices located in Pownal, Readsboro, Stamford, Bennington, Woodford, and Whitingham, Vermont; and Clarksburg, Florida, and North Adams, Massachusetts.

If you would like more information concerning the South of Route 9 Integrated Resource Project, or have any questions regarding the commenting process, please contact Jay Strand, at USDA Forest Service, 99 Ranger Road, Rochester, VT, 05767; jstrand@fs.fed.us; or call Jay directly at 802-767-4261, ext. 522 .