To the Tribal Membership,
A public hearing was held Wednesday, September 19th, at the request of Tribal Council to discuss proposed changes to the Timber Use Policy Statement (TUPS) document. Much discussion was heard from many including: small loggers, firewood cutters with and without equipment, CSKT Resource Specialists (Wildlife Biologist, Cultural Preservation, etc.), Council Members, and Tribal Elders. While differing opinions arose on several topics, eventually agreement was reached on a pathway. Attached is the proposed modifications to the proposed resolution. The following changes were discussed for the three proposed changes as published in the Char-Koosta and as listed in the September 18th Meeting Agenda.
PROPOSED CHANGE 1
Page 13, Section IV. Free Use Without Permit, - Personal Use Fuelwood
- Fuelwood may/may not be harvested with the benefit of skidding equipment unless otherwise approved by the FOIC.
- Section IV. Free use without permit, sub-section Personal Use Fuelwood, Article K, is changed to “Fuelwood may be harvested with skidding equipment within a 200 foot zone from a roadway. The use of skidding equipment beyond the 200 foot zone will be in an area with identified boundary’s, given the area has been evaluated and cleared by resource managers, and an appropriate NEPA compliance document has also been approved. A Performance Bond will be required for the use of skidding equipment.”
PROPOSED CHANGE 2
Page 16, V. Free Commercial Use - Commercial Fuelwood and Post and Poles.
- Skidding equipment may be used with prior written approval of the FOIC.
- Section V. Free Commercial Use with Permit, sub-section Commercial Fuelwood and Post & Poles, Article L, is changed to “Fuelwood may be harvested with skidding equipment in an area with identified boundary’s, given the area has been evaluated and cleared by resources managers and an appropriate NEPA compliance document has also been approved.”
PROPOSED CHANGE 3
Page 16, Section V. Free Commercial Use - Commercial Fuelwood and Post and Poles.
- R. Fuelwood harvesting for commercial use shall be limited to dead trees within 200 feet from a roadway to assure snag retention.
- Section V. Free Commercial Use with Permit, sub-section Commercial Fuelwood and Post & Poles,”Remove Article R.”
Council is asking for comments from the Tribal Public on these proposed changes. Please look this over and submit comments back to Tony Incashola, Jr., CSKT Tribal Forest Manager by October 3, 2019 so Forestry can compile. Forestry will present these comment and a summary to the Tribal Council for their decision to accept or not accept these changes. I thank you in advance for your time and effort to assist in this decision making process for tribal members and maintain resource protection.
or by mail to:
Tony Incashola, Jr.
Tribal Forestry Department
PO Box 278
Pablo, MT 59855
Or call (406) 676-3755