The 2014 Farm Bill, through changes made in the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, allowed the US Forest Service in some areas to use a Categorical Exclusion (CE). This means no thorough environmental assessment. The Grindstone RD has already used this same CE authority, where industrial-logging techniques, such as overstory removal, were proposed on over 1,000 acres concentrated in one steep watershed.
The stated purpose of the Salt project is to improve forest health by conducting restoration treatments and the need is to benefit timber production and wildlife habitat. As wildlife disperses from the nearly adjacent fire area to find new territory and foraging areas to survive, it is imperative that all suitable habitat in the