Comments sought on Tollgate timber plan

A project that would involve commercial and non-commercial thinning is aimed at reducing the risk of wildfires.

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Comments are being sought on a proposed project to reduce the risk of wildfires that threaten homes and structures in the Tollgate region.

The Tollgate Fuels Reduction Project will involve about 4,466 acres in Umatilla County and a small portion of Union County. The reduction would involve commercial timber harvest and non-commercial thinning by mechanical means.

In a release, Michael Rassback, district ranger for the Walla Walla Ranger District, said planners want to hear of any issues, comments and concerns people may have about the project. Comments may mailed, faxed, delivered orally or e-mailed, but must be delivered by Nov. 19 to be accepted.

The district will also host a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4 to present information on the project. The meeting will be at the Tollgate Trail Finders Clubhouse, located on Highway 204 next to the Tollgate Store.

Written comments can be mailed to Rassback at 1415 W. Rose St., Walla Walla, Wash., 99362. People wishing to make comments by phone can call the office at 522-6290 and comments can be faxed to 522-6000.

Comments can be e-mailed to comments-pacificnorthwest-umatilla-wallawalla@fs.fed.us.



More on the project

Tollgate Fuels Reduction Project: ubne.ws/cUe3Zp

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