Forest Service seeks public comment on Black Hills management project
The U.S. Forest Service is looking for public input on a proposed tree management plan in the Black Hills.
The Spruce Vegetation Management Project aims to reestablish ponderosa pine and aspen trees in areas presently dominated by spruce.
It would target several pockets of Black Hills National Forest system lands across the northern and central Black Hills. In total, the project would impact around 3,600 acres.
The proposed action includes approximately 493 acres of overstory removal with reserves, 831 acres of shelterwood, 888 acres of commercial thinning, 720 acres of group selection, and 682 acres of precommercial thinning restoration, according to a press release from the USDA.
The public has until Sept. 25 to comment on the plan. More information is available at the Forest Service's website.