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Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands Seeks Comments on Travel Plan DEIS

September 30, 2009 6:00 AM

The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands, located in central and western Nebraska and central and western South Dakota, released their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for designation of a motorized travel access system on September 25, 2009. The Forest Service (FS) is asking for your input during a 45-day public review and comment period, which will end on November 9, 2009.

The public may review the DEIS, along with associated maps, by going to the Forest's website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/nebraska/projects/travel_management/index.shtml. In addition to the electronic copies, hard copies of the DEIS, including appendices and maps, can be found at several local libraries: (See list on Forest's website under Additional Information)

Actions would occur on most lands administered by the Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands (except the Fort Pierre National Grassland) including the Buffalo Gap National Grassland, Oglala National Grassland, Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest, and the Pine Ridge and Bessey Units.

Public comments are invited and should be as specific as possible. It is also helpful if comments refer to specific pages or chapters of the DEIS. Before commenting, the public is urged to review the DEIS, including appendices and associated maps. Written, facsimile, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted.

Send written comments to:
        Jane Darnell, Forests and Grasslands Supervisor
        Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands
        c/o Mark Reichert
        1312 Fairlane Road
        Yreka, CA 96097

Email comments to:
        comments-rocky-mountain-nebraska@fs.fed.us

Please put "NNFG Travel Management DEIS Comments" in the subject line of e-mail comments. Acceptable formats are email message, MS Word (.doc), plain text (.txt), or rich text format (.rtf). Comments should include your name and address.

Fax comments to:
         (530) 841-4463

For additional information, questions, or a CD of this DEIS, please contact the Nebraska Travel Management project leader Mark Reichert by email mreichert@fs.fed.us, or by phone at 530-841-4422.

JUST REMEMBER, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IS CRUCIAL TO KEEP RECREATION AREAS OPEN; PLEASE GET INVOLVED!

Thanks in advance for your support,
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

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