This information focuses on old forest (late-successional) management and timber production, which is one of the six significant issues raised in response to the June 2011 proposed action.
- All alternatives include the same long-term vegetation desired condition and management direction for soils.
- The kinds of vegetation treatments would be similar among all alternatives. However, the number of acres potentially treated and where that treatment would occur varies by alternative. For more information, see the maps on the Alternatives page and the management area definitions (3 MB).
- The No Action Alternative would emphasize fixed reserves for old growth habitat on 3% of the forest; all other suitable lands would be managed according to the Eastside Screens (including a size limit on trees that may be harvested).
- The Proposed Action Alternative and Alternative P would manage vegetation through tree harvest/thinning on approximately 70% of forested lands and prescribed burning activities on approximately 30% of forested lands. Eastside Screens would be replaced by desired conditions, standards and guidelines that address vegetative conditions for wildlife habitat and a range of structural conditions (including late structure).
- Alternatives R, B and O would include fixed, large-scale reserves for old forest (late-successional) structure. Vegetation would be managed through tree harvest/thinning on approximately 25% of forested lands and prescribed burning activities on approximately 75% of forested lands. The Eastside Screens would be maintained (including a size limit on trees that may be harvested).
The graphs below summarize the proposed management direction for timber production and harvest for other resource objectives proposed under each alternative. They also include information on the predicted wood sale quantity and estimated wage contribution that could result from each alternative.