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CALIFORNIA - Plumas NF Announces Proposed Action for Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation

October 01, 2015 9:32 PM

The Forest Service will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on a proposal to designate over-snow vehicle (OSV) use on roads, trails and areas on lands within the Plumas National Forest. The EIS will also identify snow trails available for grooming on the Forest. Public input on the initial proposed action is encouraged. Designating OSV use on the Forest will ensure over-snow vehicle activity (such as snowmobile riding) is effectively managed to: provide access;

CALIFORNIA - Plumas NF Announces Proposed Action for Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation

Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,

The Forest Service will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on a proposal to designate over-snow vehicle (OSV) use on roads, trails and areas on lands within the Plumas National Forest. The EIS will also identify snow trails available for grooming on the Forest. Public input on the initial proposed action is encouraged.

Designating OSV use on the Forest will ensure over-snow vehicle activity (such as snowmobile riding) is effectively managed to:  provide access; ensure OSV use when there is adequate snow; promote the safety of all users; enhance public enjoyment, minimize impacts to resources; and minimize conflicts among users.

As an initial step in preparing the EIS, the Forest Service has developed a Proposed Action which serves as a point from which to continue dialog with interested members of the public. At this time, a decision has not been made regarding the project. A draft EIS is expected by February 2017 and a final EIS in August 2017.

The Forest Service encourages your participation in this process and requests comments on the proposed action. To ensure your comments are fully considered during this initial scoping phase of the project, please submit them by October 29, 2015. Additional comments are welcome throughout the planning process.

Send written comments to David C. Wood, on behalf of Daniel A. Lovato, Acting Forest Supervisor, Plumas National Forest, 159 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA 95971. Comments may also be sent via facsimile to (530) 283-7746. Comments may also be submitted on the Plumas National Forest OSV Designation Web page: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47124. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TTY) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877-8339 TTY, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To facilitate public input on the proposal, three meetings are planned. All meetings will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the following locations:

    October 8 - Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds/Mineral Building, 204 Fairground Road, Quincy, CA
    October 14 - Chalet View Lodge Conference Room, 72056 Hwy 70, Portola, CA
    October 15 - Feather River Ranger District Office, 875 Mitchell Avenue, Oroville, CA

More information, including the proposed action and opportunities for comment, is available at:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47124. For additional information related to this project, please contact David C. Wood at dcwood@fs.usda.gov or (530) 283-2050.

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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