SISTERS, Ore. -

The Deschutes National Forest Sisters Ranger District is beginning the environmental analysis of a project in the Melvin Butte area and is looking for public comment as it initiates the project.

Public scoping on the project is now open and will end on Friday, May 9, 2014.  Public comments will help identify issues to be considered as the project undergoes environmental review.

The Melvin Butte Vegetation Management Project area includes 5,375 acres of National Forest System lands approximately 10 miles southwest of Sisters, Oregon adjacent to the western boundary of the 33,000 acre Cascade Timberlands property, frequently referred to as the Skyline Forest.

The Sisters Ranger District has identified treatment units on 5,115 acres within the project area to restore forest health, support special wildlife habitats, and reduce fuels within the project area.

Comments on the Melvin Butte Vegetation Management Project can be submitted to: Project Manager, William Munro, Pine Street and Highway 20, Post Office Box 249, Sisters, OR 97759; Telephone (541) 549-7735; FAX (541) 549-7746. Hand-delivered and oral comments may be delivered to the same address during normal business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p. m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. E-mail comments should be sent to: comments-pacificnorthwest-deschutes-sisters@fs.fed.us . Please put “Melvin Butte Vegetation Management Project” in the subject line of your email.

For more information about the Melvin Butte Vegetation Management Project, please contact Michael Keown, Sisters Ranger District Environmental Planner, at 541-549-7735.