Zigzag hosts forestry field trip

Zigzag Ranger District invites the public to an Oct. 22 field trip with Forest Service staff to hike the planning area and look at possible treatment units in the proposed Horseshoe Thin Timber Project.

The proposed project area is located between Road 18 (Lolo Pass Road) and Road 1828, and within Old Maid Flats.

The Mount Hood Wilderness lies near the southern boundary.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss silviculture and roadwork options, other possible actions.

Participants should arrive at the North Compound of the Zigzag Station at 10 a.m. by taking the second right after turning onto Lolo pass Road. The turnoff is before the Zigzag River.

This field trip will involve light hiking; participants should wear sturdy shoes, and bring plenty of water, rain gear and a sack lunch. The field trip will end around 2 p.m.

For details call Bill Westbrook at 503-622-2001.

The district is studying a variety of treatment options to provide forest products, improve forest health, restore diversity, and move the project area of about 1,000 acres toward historic stand conditions. Possible actions that would improve watershed health will also be discussed.

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