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Honey Badger Project meetings

Dennis Falconer  | Published on 8/20/2019
Forest Service to host open house meetings for the Honey Badger Project - Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, August 19, 2019 – The U.S. Forest Service will hold three open house public meetings for the proposed Honey Badger Project, named from the landmarks of Honey Mountain and Badger Mountain within the project area boundary, located on the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
The meetings will be held on August 27 at the Athol Community Center (30355 Third Street) in Athol, Idaho; on August 28, at Hayden City Hall (8930 N. Government Way) in Hayden, Idaho; and on August 28, at Coeur d’Alene Fire Station 3 (1500 N. 15th Street) in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Each meeting will be open from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. PDT. Forest Service specialists will staff stations with information on current conditions in the project area, the planning process, and the public commenting process. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and provide their ideas for project development and design.
The Honey Badger Project is being proposed to improve forest health, reduce wildfire risk, improve watershed conditions, and provide for sustainable recreation along the eastern face of the mountains in Kootenai County. The project area includes National Forest System Lands across a broad landscape from approximately the Fernan Creek drainage, north to the Bunco Road, and east to the geographic divide.
The project is still in the pre-National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning phase. Early public input will help inform the Forest Service and guide the draft proposed action that will be released in late January-early February 2020, when public scoping starts. Available information about the project is accessible at https://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/ipnf/landmanagement/projects; more information will be added as it becomes available. For questions about this project, please contact the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District at (208) 664-2318 or visit the project’s interactive story map at https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=47e717bc0e7848ba90c309a800a159dc.