Public invited to weigh in on Forest Service project

MANCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The public may weigh in on an environmental assessment of a proposed U.S. Forest Service project on 71,000 acres in southern Vermont near the Somerset Reservior.

The land is mostly in Dover, Glastenbury, Searsburg, Somerset, Stratton, Wilmington and Woodford with small sections in Sunderalnd and Wardsboro.

The proposal includes activities to improve wildlife and fish habitat, restore soil and water conditions, increase recreation and scenery viewing opportunities, and improve the trail and road network, the Forest Service said Friday. Timber harvesting is also included to provide wood products, improve forest health and diversity and make more diverse plant and wildlife habitat, the Forest Service said.

Written comments will be accepted until March 16.