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WISCONSIN- Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Road Study Deadline Extended

December 03, 2014 10:02 PM

WISCONSIN- Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Road Study Deadline Extended

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The U.S. Forest Service is extending the deadline of the road system study on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The road study is analyzing all of the forest system roads for their existing use and characteristics, need for management activities and public access, benefits, environmental risks and maintenance costs.

The number of overdue road maintenance projects continues to grow in the Forest Service and public use is increasing. Roads that cannot be adequately maintained can be unsafe to visitors and threaten forest health. They can increase sedimentation into rivers and streams, degrade water quality and impact fish and wildlife.

The Forest Service has extended the public comment period to gather additional comments on how visitors use and view forest system roads. The comment period will now end Dec. 31, 2014.

In addition to the comments received from the public, the Forest Service is analyzing agency needs for access to manage the forest. Criteria under consideration includes analyzing each road's benefit, potential risks to visitor safety and forest health and agency costs to manage the road. The road study is not a decision, but is intended to help inform possible future road management planning. Before any future actions are taken, the Forest Service will provide additional opportunities for the public to participate in the process.

Anyone may view maps of the national forest roads and provide input through an online comment form at http://go.usa.gov/wN9F. Hardcopy maps and comment forms are also available for review at each Ranger District office and the Forest Supervisor's office. For more information about the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and the road study, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/cnnf.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

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

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