The table below gives guidance on determining the project risk. It is only a guide. The decision maker needs to weigh the concerns represented by each column and make a decision on the overall risk and the corresponding level of analysis that is warranted.

Risk Rating Environmental Risk Complexity of Issues Public Interest
Low
  • Hazard/danger tree removal
  • Wildlife or fish habitat restoration project
  • Science well established
  • Scientific consensus
  • None or very few public comments on dead wood issue
  • Comments on dead wood very general
  • Moderate
  • Removing some dead wood
  • Fuels reduction or thinning treatments
  • Emerging Science
  • Some scientific uncertainty
  • Some public comments on dead wood issue
  • Comments on dead wood issue somewhat general
  • High
  • Removing or destroying large numbers of snags or down wood such as during salvage or sanitation operations
  • Competing science (e.g. effects of salvage)
  • Scientific uncertainty
  • Numerous public comments on dead wood issue
  • Comments on dead wood detailed
  • Competing public opinion polarization
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