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U.S. Forest Service now accepting public comments on proposed Red Siegel project near Elk City

By: - January 7, 2022 4:02 am

The Red Siegel project area is outlined in black. According to a press release from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, the project has two aims: to improve forest resilience to insect and disease infestation and reduce hazardous wildfire fuels in the area. (Courtesy of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests)

Public comments are now being accepted on the Red Siegel forest management project, located about eight miles southeast of Elk City, Idaho, in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, according to a press release.

The project is located on the forest’s Red River Ranger District and has two proposed areas of improvement: forest resilience to insect and disease infestation, and the reduction of hazardous wildfire fuels in the area, according to the release.

Forest officials intend to analyze the Red Siegel project under the Healthy Forest Restoration Act for insect and disease infestation, according to the release. Under the act, no more than 3,000 acres of the approximately 47,000–acre total project area would undergo treatment.

“Forest management actions completed as part of the proposed Red Siegel project would improve the safety of firefighters and the public in the project area, and timber products harvested as a result of these forest management actions would support local economies,” the press release said.

For more information and to review the Red Siegel project proposal, go to The comment period is now open and ends Feb. 4.

Comments can be submitted by email at [email protected]. Acceptable formats for electronic submission are text or HTML email, Adobe portable document format (.PDF), and formats viewable in Microsoft Office applications (Word, etc.). Commenters are asked to include “Red Siegel” in the subject line and include a name and contact information.

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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.