Officials with the Stanislaus National Forest put out a request for input from the public on a new plan to remove trees that were damaged in the Rim Fire in August.

“It is important to the Forest Service and the NEPA process that you submit your comments at this early point to allow us the opportunity to incorporate your thoughts, concerns and issues into the analysis,” said Stanislaus Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski.

The public feedback project, which runs through Dec. 15, will allow community members to weigh in on the disposal of trees damaged by fire. It is hoped that this project will improve public health and safety by removing hazard trees from the forest.

Between Aug. 17 and Oc. 24, the Rim Fire scorched more than 250,000 acres of land, including 155,000 acres of national forest lands, in Mariposa and Tuolumne counties. The Rim Fire now ranks as the third largest wildfire in state history.

The Rim Hazard Tree project is the first action proposed as part of the Forest Service’s long-term strategy for recovering from the wildfire. Individuals interested in participating in the project can access the scoping package and other project information at nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43032. A final decision regarding the Rim Hazard Trees project is expected in May.

For more information, contact Jim Junette at the Stanislaus National Forest, 19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95390, or call 532-3671.