VIRGINIA & WEST VIRGINIA - George Washington NF Forest Plan Review Period Ends January 20

January 02, 2015 10:20 PM

VIRGINIA & WEST VIRGINIA - George Washington NF Forest Plan Review Period Ends January 20

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

On November 13, 2014, Regional Forester Ken Arney approved the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to the Revised Land and Resource Management Plan (Plan) for the George Washington National Forest (GWNF) in Virginia and West Virginia.

These documents may be accessed online at Paper copies may be requested by sending an email message to or calling 540-265-5175. Copies are also available from the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests office, 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke, Virginia 24019.

The Decision approves the Plan for the management of 1.1 million acres of the GWNF over the next 15 years. The Plan provides the context for development of specific projects that will be implemented to achieve the desired conditions expressed in the Plan. This Plan is the result of a collaborative effort between National Forest managers, partner agencies, communities, conservation organizations, industry representatives and interested members of the public.

A Notice of Availability for the FEIS for the George Washington National Forest Revised Land and Resource Management Plan was published in the Federal Register on Friday, December 19, 2014 (79 FR 2014-29784). Implementation of the Plan will begin 30 days following this Federal Register notification (December 19, 2014). This decision is subject to administrative review.

Publication of this legal notice initiates a 90-day administrative review process. A written notice of appeal must be filed in duplicate and postmarked or received within 90 days after the date this legal notice is published in the newspaper of record (The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia). The appeal must clearly state that it is a Notice of Appeal being filed pursuant to the Optional Appeal Procedures.

Appeals must meet the content requirements of Section 9 of the Optional Appeal Procedures, which are available for review at:

Appeals must be filed with the Chief of the Forest Service at:

For UPS and FedEx deliveries:
USDA - Forest Service
Attn: Administrative Reviews (EMC/2nd Floor Central)
201 14th Street SW
Washington, DC  20250 (Note: If a phone number is needed for carrier delivery, use 202-205-1449)

For USPS mail:
USDA - Forest Service
Attn: Administrative Reviews
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Mailstop #1104
Washington, DC  20250

Appeals may also be faxed (Fax number is 202-649-1172) or appeals may be mailed electronically in a common digital format to:

Requests to stay the approval of this Revised Forest Plan shall not be granted (Section 10 of the Optional Appeal Procedures).

Final decisions on proposed projects implementing the Revised Forest Plan will be made on a site-specific basis using appropriate analysis and documentation in compliance with NEPA. Project decisions may be subject to an objection process at that time.

For more information, visit the website:

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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