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The Shoshone National Forest’s newly appointed supervisor has green lighted a logging project along the road to Yellowstone National Park’s Northeast Entrance.

The work is designed to lessen the chance that a western spruce budworm infestation will spread and to protect homes near the small community of Crandall, Wyoming, from wildland fires.

Lisa Timchak, who just stepped into her new role with the forest on Jan. 7, signed off on the Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Budworm Response Project. A 45-day objection period runs through March 23.

The logging 30 miles northwest of Cody, Wyoming, along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway will require the Forest Service to suspend its own rules for scenic objectives along about nine miles. The entire project will remove trees along the road corridor on about 2,000 acres of forest land.

The work “strikes a balance between restoration of forested stands in the project area, the interests and values of the public, protection of natural resources, and contribution of forest products to the economy,” the decision notice stated.

All documents relating to the project are available online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49903 and at the Wapiti District Office in Cody.

Timchak was formerly the District Ranger for the Tally Lake Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest in Kalispell. She has worked for the Forest Service for 30 years and has served as a district ranger on two forests in northwest Montana for the past 17 years.

The public is invited to attend a series of open houses to meet Timchak later this month, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on one of the following dates: Feb. 22 – Shoshone National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Cody; Feb. 26 – Headwaters Art and Convention Center, Dubois; Feb. 28 – Washakie District Office, Lander.

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