Public Comments Requested for Draft Compatibility Determination for Commercial Timber Harvest

The Refuge is seeking public review and comment on our draft Compatibility Determination (CD) for commercial timber harvest. Commercial timber harvest to achieve the Refuge’s habitat management goals were described in the Refuge’s CCP and Habitat Management Plan. This Draft CD updates the current CD and proposes the continuance of commercial timber harvest, including commercial thinning, pre-commercial thinning, and selective harvest..

The public is invited to review the draft Compatibility Determination. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 30, 2022.

The full draft is available for review at here


Comments can be sent via email to with 'LPO Timber Harvest CD' in the subject line. They may also be mailed to the refuge at 1310 Bear Creek Road, Colville, WA 99114-9713 sent by fax to 509-684-8381 or received by phone at 509-684-8384.

All comments received from individuals become part of the official public record. All requests for such comments are handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and the CEQ’s NEPA regulations in 40 CFR 1506.6(f). The Service’s practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular business hours. Individual respondents can request that we withhold their home address from the record, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments.

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