Upper Kinzua Project Decision Released

WARREN – The Allegheny National Forest announces the Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Upper Kinzua project. On June 17, 2011, Deputy District Ranger Anthony C. Martoglio signed the Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact to implement Alternative 2 of the Upper Kinzua Environmental Assessment.

The selected alternative will implement improvements to 9 access points along Kinzua Creek, as well as, rehabilitating 11 existing sites. Two Campsites will be hardened. Thirty acres and 27 miles of stream water quality improvements will be implemented within the project area.

A variety of tree harvesting techniques will also be implemented on 2,212 acres with associated reforestation treatments. Also, treatments to be implemented will include 30 acres of invasive plant treatments and restoration, 1,280 acres of wildlife habitat improvements, 0.3 mile of new road construction, 8 miles of road reconstruction, and 6 miles of road decommissioning. A new vista would be developed along the SR 219 corridor and dispersed camping would be improved on 6 acres.

The complete Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment, including appendices and maps, is available online from the Allegheny National Forest website at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=17200 and hard copies are available at the Bradford Ranger District Office. Please contact Upper Kinzua Project Interdisciplinary Team Leader Ava Turnquist at 814-363-6086 or by email at aturnquist@fs.fed.us for further information.


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