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Project Planning & Implementation

After years of declining timber outputs from the Colville National Forest, the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition was formed to bring former conservation and timber industry adversaries together to try to get beyond the gridlock of controversy, appeals, and litigation through local collaboration.  Since 2002, the Coalition has collaborated with the Colville National Forest and other community interests to move forward over 25 forest management projects.  Coalition members have dedicated hundreds of hours reviewing projects both in the field and using the latest science to make sure that responsible forest management that benefits forest health and our communities continues on the Colville National Forest for years to come.

Forest Service Project Update – December, 2014

Current Contracts (NEWFC Collaboration Projects*)
  • Delaney Stewardship* (Power EA): Newport RD. Awarded to VBL. Contractor is marking units. DxPre marking is taking place. The sale is weight-scale. There is a mix of tractor, CTL (cut-to-length), and skyline units. No logging operations at this time.
  • Walker Stewardship*: Republic RD. Awarded to VBL. Operations have started in Units 035 and 140 but are not complete. The sale is weight-scale. There is a mix of tractor and CTL units. All additional marking to meet prescriptions in project 002 is complete.
  • Ninebark (Power EA): Newport RD. Awarded to VBL. The sale is weight-scale. There is a mix of tractor and skyline units. Tractor operations are scheduled to start this winter.
  • Flowery Trail Stewardship (Power EA): Newport RD. Awarded to VBL. The sale is weight-scale. It has tractor and skyline units. Stewardship activities are 50% complete and harvest is 70% complete. Tractor logging in unit 002, 062 is currently active.
  • Kettle Face South Stewardship*: Three Rivers RD. Awarded to VBL. The sale is weight-scale. It has a mix of tractor and skyline units. Tractor units are 80% complete. One skyline unit remains. Tractor operations are taking place.
  • Kettle Face North Stewardship*: Three Rivers RD. Awarded to VBL. The sale is tree-measurement. There is a mix of tractor, CTL, and skyline units. Operations have moved off the sale until January, 2015. Hauling is still taking place.
  • Currant Creek: Three Rivers RD. Awarded to VBL. The sale is weight-scale. There were tractor units only. Sale is complete and moving to closure.
  • South Deep*: Three Rivers RD. Awarded to Stimson. The sale is tree-measurement. There is a mix of tractor, CTL, skyline and helicopter units. Tractor and CTL portions are completed. Skyline is 75% complete and one helicopter unit has been completed.
  • Conger *: Newport RD. Awarded to VBL. The sale is tree-measurement. There is a mix of tractor, skyline, and helicopter units. Ground-based and skyline units have been completed. Helicopter units remain; CTL is allowed in three of them and CTL in these units is operational. There are 3.5 million BF left to log.
  • Huck (South Deep EA)*: Three Rivers RD. Awarded to VBL. The sale is tree-measurement. There is a mix of tractor, CTL, skyline, and helicopter units. All tractor, CTL, and skyline units have been completed. Half of the helicopter units remain.
  • Scotchman Stewardship (Hanlon EA)*: Sullivan Lake RD. Awarded to VBL. The sale is weight-scale. There are tractor, CTL, and skyline units. Harvest in ground-based units is active. Two tractor unit sides are operational; three skylines, cut to length units left.
  • Summit Pierre Stewardship*: Three Rivers RD. Awarded to VBL. The sale is weight-scale sale. There are tractor, skyline, and helicopter units. Skyline and tractor units are complete. Helicopter units are 20% complete. No operations are taking currently taking place.
  • Hanlon Stewardship*: Sullivan Lake RD. Awarded to VBL. No operations this winter.
  • Sand Cr. Stewardship*: Three Rivers RD. Awarded to VBL. The sale is tree-measurement. There are tractor, skyline, and helicopter units. Tractor units are 80% complete, two skyline units remain, and all of the helicopter units remain. Operations will begin when appropriate winter conditions are present.
  • Eastern Washington Biomass Stewardship Contract: Joint Ok-Wen & Colville IDIQ contract designed to remove biomass. Awarded to twelve contractors in 2009.
  • Slate (Z Slumber EA) on Sullivan Lake RD awarded to Bigfoot Trucking. Completed.
  • Quartzite on Three Rivers RD awarded to Pond Logging. Completed.
  • Huck *(South Deep EA) on Three Rivers RD awarded to VBL. Biomass contract has been cancelled. Completed.
  • Trout* on Republic RD awarded to VBL. Completed.
  • Aladdin * (South Deep EA) on Three Rivers RD awarded to Lost Creek Logging. Contract Cancelled.
  • Rocky * (South Deep EA) on Three Rivers RD awarded to Lost Creek Logging. Inactive.
  • Piney (Slate Thinning CE) on Sullivan Lake RD awarded to Bigfoot Trucking this month. Inactive.

NEPA Projects
http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/colville/landmanagement/projects

  • East Wedge: Three Rivers RD. NEPA completed. FY2015 award date.
  • Deer Jasper: Three Rivers and Republic RDs. NEPA completed. FY2016 award date.
  • Renshaw: Newport/Sullivan Lake RDs. Decision expected spring, 2015. FY2016 award date.

Completed Contracts Since 2005

  • Hall Creek Thinning VBL Republic RD.
  • Finn Stewardship (South Deep EA)* VBL Three Rivers RD.
  • Angel Peak (49 Ex) ABCO Newport RD.
  • Rogers Stewardship (South Deep EA)* VBL Three Rivers RD.
  • Vulcan Stewardship*VBL Republic RD.
  • Lakes Stewardship* Lost Creek Logging Three Rivers RD.
  • Malo East Lake Stewardship* VBL Republic RD.
  • Wolf Stewardship * Wuesthoff Excavation Newport RD
  • Bead Lake Stewardship (BL CE) PVF Newport RD
  • Gardin Taco PVF/VBL Newport RD
  • Bartlette – BL Salvage Reoffer (Bart/BL) MacArthur Newport R
  • KP (Kings Pit) Nielsen Newport RD
  • 49 Degree Expansion Settlement (49 Ex.) Chewelah Ski Basin Newport RD
  • Nordic Settlement (49 Ex.) Chewelah Ski Basin Newport RD
  • Angel Peak Settlement (49 Ex.) Chewelah Ski Basin Newport RD
  • Scatter Stewardship VBL Republic RD
  • Swansong (Scatter EA) Boise Republic RD
  • Trout N (Trout EA)* VBL Republic RD
  • Trout W (Trout EA)* VBL Republic RD
  • Totem VBL Sul Lake RD
  • Highline Salvage Reoffer (Z Slumber EA) MacArthur Sul Lake RD
  • Leadfoot (Z Slumber EA) VBL Sul Lake RD
  • Slate Creek Pulp (Z Slumber EA) VBL Sul Lake RD
  • Halliday Salvage (Z Slumber EA) MacArthur Sul Lake RD
  • Tiger Aspen (Tiger CE) PVF Sul Lake RD
  • Burnt Valley Stewardship * VBL TR RD
  • Orient Stewardship * VBL TR RD
  • Bangs Stewardship * VBL TR RD
  • Flowery (Quartzite/Lane EAs) PVF/VBL TR RD
  • Iron Helicopter (Addy/Back Lakes EAs) Boise TR RD
  • Fritz Demo (Fritz EA) Boise TR RD
  • Patch (Back Lakes/Quartzite EAs) VBL TR RD
  • Backblow Salvage (Back Lakes EA) VBL TR RD
  • Browns Lake PVF/VBL Sul Lake RD
  • Misery* VBL Newport RD
  • Quartzite Stewardship PVF/VBL TR RD
  • Deadman Stewardship* VBL TR RD
  • Geophysical Stewardship* VBL Newport
  • Blue Ruby* VBL Newport
  • Slate Thinning VBL Sul Lake
  • Styx Cr. VBL Sul Lake