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boon hogganbeck

This project could potentially create new young forest habitat in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest.  It is sorely needed for our declining ruffed grouse and other native birds and small game species.  Please take a moment to submit a comment in support of creating young successional forest to help these species (best if you mention them).  We have about 3 weeks left to comment on it.  This area has lots of potential.


Upper Cheat River project

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Cooter Brown

Thanks for posting that, Boon.


There's a project in Georgia specifically to create ESH on a district in the Chattahoochee National Forest (CNF).  Although it's on a much smaller scale than the West Virginia work, it's still worthwhile.  And in Georgia it's a hell of a battle to get anything like this done.


The FS plan for the CNF calls for 7% ESH.  Right now there is less than 1%.


This link contains the scoping letters and overview docs:


Early Successional Habitat Creation Project CE


This letter has links for comments.  Comments from non-residents are accepted and welcome as well.  The comment period ends July 21, 2021.





Dear Interested Stakeholder,

The Blue Ridge Ranger District of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is seeking comments on a proposal to create approximately 183 total acres of early-successional habitat across the district, including areas within the Coopers Creek and Swallow Creek Wildlife Management Areas, through commercial and non-commercial means.


The proposed project documents (scoping letter and maps) are available on the Forest website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60330. Additional information regarding this project can be obtained from: David Vinson, Zone Wildlife Biologist at 706-754-6221, extension 132.


How to Provide Comments:


We are requesting your comments on this proposal. We may use your comments to modify the specific methods described in this proposed action. Please be as specific as possible when responding. Comments received, including names, become part of the project record and are available for public review. We would appreciate receiving your comments on this project by July 21, 2021.


You may send your comments and suggestions as follows:

Comment Format

Contact Information 

Hard Copy Letter

Blue Ridge Ranger District

Attn: Early Successional Habitat Creation Project                        

2042 515 West                          

Blairsville, GA 30512                       




David Vinson

706-754-6221 x132




Thank you for your interest in the management of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.


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  • 2 weeks later...

I made a mistake in dates--the comment period for the Georgia project ends today.


You have until 7-30-21 to comment on the Upper Cheat project.

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