Forest Service Announces Scoping Comment Period Open for Jug Handle Project

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MARIENVILLE, Pa. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service proposes multiple activities to enhance forest health within a project area known as Jug Handle on the Allegheny National Forest.

The proposal includes timber harvesting, reforestation, prescribed fire, wildlife and aquatic habitat improvements, changes and improvements to forest roads, and the treatment of non-native invasive plants. This project would allow the Forest to achieve a diversity of tree species, contribute to a healthy and resilient ecosystem, and help restore, retain, and regenerate oak habitat.

Located on the Marienville Ranger District, “The Jug Handle project’s proposed activities would implement Forest Plan goals and objectives as it addresses forest health concerns. It will also increase the resiliency of the forest,” said District Ranger Rob Fallon. Fallon noted that this project addresses serious challenges to sustainable forest health and water quality.

“The scoping documents describe these challenges in detail, along with our proposals to address them. I am interested in hearing your concerns, issues, or suggestions regarding our proposed activities,” encouraged Fallon. “Your comments will help us determine whether we need to refine the proposed action or develop alternative ways to accomplish our objectives,” he added.

Please submit comments by February 11, 2022, through any of the following methods:

Mail: Rob Fallon, District Ranger, Marienville Ranger District, 131 Smokey Lane, Marienville, PA, 16239

Fax: (814) 927-2285; ATTN: Rob Fallon

Email: comments-eastern-allegheny-marienville@usda.gov. Comments must be submitted in Microsoft Office or Adobe Acrobat compatible formats. Include “Jug Handle project” in the subject line and your name and physical mailing address with your comments.

Verbal: comments will be accepted by phone Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Marienville Ranger District office (814) 927-5700.

Comments, including the names and addresses of those who comment, are considered part of the project record and available for public review. Additional information about this project is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61285.