OREGON - Release DEIS for the Ochoco Summit Trail System Project

February 25, 2013 6:15 PM

The Forest Services has announced that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Ochoco Summit Trail System project on the Ochoco National Forest is now available for public review and comment. The proposed action in this EIS includes designation of a 170-mile motorized trail system, including separate areas designed for use by Class I (ATVs), Class II (jeeps and 4x4s) and Class III (motorcycles) vehicles. The Forest Supervisor of the Ochoco National Forest has selected Al

OREGON - Release DEIS for the Ochoco Summit Trail System Project

Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,

The Forest Services has announced that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Ochoco Summit Trail System project on the Ochoco National Forest is now available for public review and comment. The proposed action in this EIS includes designation of a 170-mile motorized trail system, including separate areas designed for use by Class I (ATVs), Class II (jeeps and 4x4s) and Class III (motorcycles) vehicles.

The Forest Supervisor of the Ochoco National Forest has selected Alternative 3 as the preferred alternative. The draft EIS discloses analysis of three other alternatives, including the No Action alternative. Chapter 2 of the draft EIS includes a description of the activities proposed in each alternative. The document is also available online at
http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26807.

Your comments would be most helpful if they include your name and address, the title of the project, specific comments along with supporting reasons that you believe should be considered, and a signature or other verification of identity. The 45-day comment period began with publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on February 8, 2013. The comment period ends March 25, 2013.

Comments can be mailed or hand delivered to the Ochoco National Forest, 3160 NE Third Street, Prineville, Oregon, 97754. Oral comments can also be submitted to the Ochoco National Forest during normal business hours in person or by telephone at (541)416-6500.

Comments submitted via FAX should be sent to (541)416-6695. Comments can be filed electronically at: comments-pacificnorthwest-ochoco@js.fed.us. Electronic comments must be submitted as part of the e-mail message or as an attachment in plain text (.txt), Microsoft Word (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), or portable document format (.pdf).

For further information, contact Dede Steele, Project Leader, at 3160 NE Third Street, Prineville, Oregon, 97754, or at (541)416-6500.

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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