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Francine Smith
Executive Officer

SanDee Attebery
Executive Officer

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Enterprise

United States Department of Agriculture USDA Forest Service Enterprise Program

Project Highlights

Some of our current and past project highlights, visit us often for updates

Monroe Mountain Aspen Ecosystem Restoration Project - Fishlake National Forest

Aspen Stand TreatmenThe ACT2 Enterprise Unit is serving as the Interdisciplinary Team Lead for the Fishlake National Forest, Richfield Ranger District’s proposed Monroe Mountain Aspen Ecosystem Restoration Project.  The District has identified restoring aspen ecosystems on Monroe Mountain to achieve desired conditions as outlined in the Fishlake National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. 

Monroe Mountain is a unique ecosystem located on approximately 55,000 acres of National Forest System lands just southeast of Richfield, Utah. The project area contains active cattle and sheep grazing allotments, riparian areas, elk and deer habitat, inventoried roadless areas, and numerous private inholdings.  In addition, it is a popular hunting and camping area.  Conifer encroachment due to a lack of fire has been identified as the primary underlying cause for aspen decline in the area.  The district is proposing a combination of mechanical and/or prescribed fire treatments in the aspen and aspen/mixed conifer vegetative types to achieve restoration goals.

With the help of ACT2, an environmental impact statement is being prepared to address the numerous and challenging issues associated with implementing a project of this magnitude.  A key factor contributing to the success of the project is collaborative planning efforts with the diverse Monroe Mountain Working Group to develop the proposed action and alternatives in an open, transparent process.   Additionally, this project has been selected by the Forest Service’s Washington Office National Environmental Policy Act Team to utilize an iterative and incremental process that builds flexibility and adaptability into the analysis process. 

Canyons of the Ancients Management Plan — Bureau of Land Management

Canyon of the Ancients BLM Sign ACT2 Enterprise Unit assisted the BLM San Juan Public Lands Center/Canyons of the Ancients National Monument with the completion of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Resource Management Plan and subsequent Record of Decision. ACT2 prepared draft and print-ready versions of the EIS and ROD, and managed content analysis for the project.

“We have enjoyed working with such professional individuals and together we developed a quality product. I will not hesitate to work with ACT2 in the future and have already highly recommended them on several occasions... I really feel that ACT2 is my partner in completing this Resource Management Plan. We joke, but it is true, some of the idiosyncrasies of the document are best known (and controlled) by ACT2!” Heather Musclow, BLM Planner, Dolores, CO

Bedrock Geology GIS Compilation Mapping- Forest Service Region 5

Bedrock Geology GIS Mapping ACT2 Enterprise Unit compiled a geodatabase containing bedrock geologic mapping for Forest Service lands within Region 5 (California). The compilation mapping covers the eighteen National Forests, comprising the Pacific Southwest Region, and will serve as a core layer that provides geologic information to inform resource managers. The geodatabase contains geologic map units, contacts and faults, and other structural information. This digital map database was compiled from previously published and unpublished geologic mapping. Much of the source data was itself compilation mapping. This coverage represents the best available geologic mapping at largest scale possible. All compilation work was done in accordance with Bedrock Geology - Standards and Guidelines for GIS Compilation Mapping: Pacific Southwest Region (November 2004). This mapping was the result of collaborative effort among the USDA Forest Service, California Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey.

“It's a great pleasure to work with ACT2 geosciences experts. My closest working relationship is with Geologist and GIS expert Don Elder. His leadership in database and GIS design over the past three years has been instrumental in Region 5 having excellent GIS-based geologic information. In the past year alone, Don has produced Geology and Geomorphology geodatabases for Region 5, and he's compiled a seamless bedrock geology geodatabase for national forests in California. These geo-databases have received high praise from other agencies and are being considered for broader adoption in the US Forest Service. John Chatoian, R5 Regional Geologist, Vallejo, CA

Calawah OHV Inventory – Olympic National Forest

Calawah OHV Inventory – Olympic National Forest ACT2 completed an inventory of about 40 miles of abandoned roads and user-created trails that recreational OHV riders have used on the Pacific Ranger District of the Olympic National Forest. Data collected during the field inventory were used to characterize and quantify sediment sources and sediment delivery to streams for each route. Route and erosion site locations were logged with GPS and incorporated into Forest road and trail GIS data. ACT2 provided a report, maps and data with prioritized routes for erosion treatment and recommendations for an OHV trail network that could be managed with minimal impacts to aquatic resources in the Calawah watershed while meeting demands for OHV recreation.

"I got the info in time to include in the grant and I think it will help us be very competitive. .. I really appreciated the insights our poorly abandoned roads are a higher risk than some of the trails themselves. ...[The Forest Aquatics Program Manager] was pleasantly surprised at the detail. Our Fisheries bio was very pleased with the maps. It will help with the rest of our resource process on the Calawah Focus project." Molly Erickson, Public Service, Recreation, Heritage, Special Forest Products - Olympic National Forest, Pacific Ranger District

BMP Workshops — US Fish and Wildlife Service

Firesafe Council workshop in San DiegoACT 2 Enterprise Unit partnered with AMSET Enterprise Unit, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to present a series of three workshops in California, focused on helping Fire Safe Councils (FSC) navigate the complexities of environmental regulations. ACT2 and AMSET collaborated to help ensure that fire safety doesn’t preclude environmental protection. The units developed and presented pilot workshops on environmental compliance requirements for fire safety projects.

In addition to the workshops, the Enterprise partners developed local Best Management Practices (BMPs) for implementing fire safety projects that avoid or minimize resource impacts. ACT2 lead the effort to develop Best Management Practices for fuels treatment projects, focused on regionally specific Threatened and Endangered species. The work performed by the Enterprise Units provides a template that could be easily adapted to address the specific needs of other counties or FSCs in California.

“I would like to thank you on behalf of the US Fish & Wildlife Service Pacific Southwest Region Fire Program for the great job that you've done under our interagency agreement to develop best management practice (BMP) workshops and guides for fire safe councils and community wildfire protection plan projects. This project was a priority education effort for the CA Fire Alliance and was approved and funded directly by Congress (2008 DOI supplemental). This has been an amazing partnership and project that will benefit not only the county-wide fire safe council groups but many others throughout the state! Your group has carried the majority of workload for implementing the workshops and developing materials for San Diego, LA/Ventura, and Butte County. The workshops and products have been embraced by the local groups and will serve as template for groups throughout the country trying to better plan and implement private land fuel reduction projects”. Doug Waggoner, USFWS, Regional Fire Management Coordinator

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Last Modified:  Monday, 16 December 2013 at 14:19:28 CST