Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mark Twain National Forest Proposing Project near Greenville, Missouri

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POPLAR BLUFF, Mo.– Mark Twain National Forest’s Poplar Bluff Ranger District is proposing a resource management project involving harvest and other resource management activities on National Forest System lands in Wayne County near Greenville, Missouri.
The Northeast Lake Project area lies generally southeast of Greenville, on the east side of Lake Wappapello, and encompasses approximately 6,114 acres of national forest lands.
According to Poplar Bluff District Ranger Doug Oliver, “we are proposing numerous activities within the project area to bring it into compliance with Mark Twain National Forest’s 2005 Land and Resource Management Plan.
“Proposed activities include old growth designation, commercial timber harvest and wildlife habitat work, as well as pond reconstruction and maintenance,” Oliver said.
The project also includes road reconstruction and maintenance, as well as road decommissioning and clean-up of illegal trash dumps within the area.
“Any suggestions, concerns and ideas the public has regarding this project would be extremely helpful to us,” Oliver said. “We will use public comments to help refine the final project proposal, which the public will also have an opportunity to comment on later this summer under our National Environmental Policy Act process.”
Full details of the Northeast Lake Project are available on Mark Twain National Forest’s website at
Send written comments by June 29, 2012, to Paul Whitworth, Ph.D., NEPA Planner, Poplar Bluff Ranger District, Mark Twain National Forest, P.O. Box 988, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901 or electronically to: Be sure to include “Northeast Lake Project” in the subject line.
Interested parties can also visit or call the Poplar Bluff Ranger District office at 1420 Maud Street, Poplar Bluff, Missouri.  Office hours are between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday; the telephone number is (573) 785-1475.
Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri. Mark Twain National Forest’s mission is to continue to restore Missouri’s great outdoors and maintain a healthy, working forest.