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Thinning forests for the trees

Quartzville project ready for comment

 

November 24, 2021

Scott Swanson

USFS staffers Joanie Schmidgall, right, and Autumn Metz stand in a grove of trees that the Forest Service's QMS Project is proposing for thinning in the Quartzville area.

It's a rainy November morning and U.S. Forest Service staffers Joan Schmidgall and Autumn Metz stand with a visitor on a hillside in the Quartzville drainage, looking over a stand of 36-year-old trees that may soon be cut.

But not all of them, because these trees are in the Quartzville-Middle Santiam management project, a plan to thin nearly 90,000 acres of overgrown forests, create firebreaks and open spaces, and maintain and reconstruct nearly 300 miles of roads in the Quartzville Creek-Green Peter lake and headwaters and Middle Santiam River watersheds.

The project, in the works for more...



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