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MICHIGAN - Huron-Manistee NF Accepting Comments on Proposed Changes Affecting Snowmobiling and Hunting

January 14, 2011 7:00 AM

BLUERIBBON COALITION LAND USE UPDATE!

MICHIGAN - Huron-Manistee NF Accepting Comments on Proposed Changes Affecting Snowmobiling and Hunting

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Forest Service is now accepting public comments on proposed changes to the Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) of the Huron-Manistee National Forests.

The Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) was published in the Federal Register December 28, 2010. A copy of the NOI and additional information about the process is available at http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hmnf/lrm-lrmp.

As a result of a ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Forest Service will prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to evaluate the environmental impacts of a proposed ban on firearm hunting and snowmobile use, subject to existing rights, in Semiprimitive Non-motorized Management Areas and a ban on firearm hunting, subject to existing rights, in the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area. Public comment will enable the agency to make a decision in accordance with federal regulations.

Comments must be received by February 11, 2011

Written comments must be sent to Lee Evison, Forest Planner, Huron-Manistee National Forests, 1755 S. Mitchell Street, Cadillac, MI  49601 or faxed to (231) 775-5551. Comments may also be submitted electronically to comments-eastern-huron-manistee@fs.fed.us, and should contain the subject line "Forest Plan SEIS."

Public meetings to explain the SEIS process and accept written comments will be held:

Mon. Jan. 31, 2011       4:00-8:00 pm
Hilton Inn Express of Birch Run
12150 Dixie Hwy.
Birch Run, MI

Mon. Jan. 31, 2011       4:00-7:00 pm
Huron Shores Ranger Station
5761 North Skeel Rd.
Oscoda, MI

Tue. Feb. 1, 2011          4:00-8:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn
26000 American Drive
Southfield, MI

Tue.  Feb. 1, 2011         4:00-7:00 pm
Mio Ranger Station
107 McKinley Road
Mio, MI

Wed. Feb. 2, 2011         4:00-8:00 pm
Causeway Bay Hotel (Will be changing to a Best Western)
6820 South Cedar
Lansing, MI

Wed. Feb. 2, 2011         4:00-7:00 pm
Days Inn of Manistee
1462 US 31 South
Manistee, MI

Thu. Feb. 3, 2011          4:00-8:00 pm
Crowne Plaza
57000 East 28th St.
Grand Rapids, MI

Thu. Feb. 3, 2011          4:00-7:00 pm
 Pleasant Plains Township Hall
 885 Eighth Street
Baldwin, MI

For more information, contact Kenneth Arbogast, Public Affairs Officer for the Huron-Manistee National Forests at (231) 775-5023, Ext. 8726 or visit the forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/hmnf.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Thanks in advance for your support,

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

 

 


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