Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

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LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT

RANGELAND MANAGEMENT IN THE STEWARDSHIP ANALYSIS AREA

Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

The Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District requests comments on the scoping letter for Rangeland Management in the Stewardship Analysis Area.

The analysis area includes 12,802 acres in one sheep and cattle allotment in Routt County, Colorado. The analysis area is located north of Hayden and includes the following townships and ranges: T10N; R87W

The purpose of this document is to determine whether or not to continue to authorize livestock grazing on the Stewardship allotment, and if so, under what conditions. The document includes three alternatives: a no action (no grazing) alternative, continue current management alternative, and the proposed action, which would modify livestock grazing management by using adaptive management to reach resource goals and objectives.

Included in this proposal is restricting use of National Forest System Road 154, which is located in T10N, R87W, Section 4, to permittees who need access to fulfill terms and conditions required by their Forest Service permits.

For further information contact Erik Taylor, Rangeland Management Specialist, 970-870-2154.

The scoping letter is available on the web at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/mbr/projects/range/index.shtml under Land & Resources Management and then Projects or call 970-870-2299 to request a copy.

Public comments will be considered in environmental analyses, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Pursuant to the 2003 Notice, Comment, and Appeal regulations (36 CFR 215) comments on the proposed action will be accepted for 30 days following the date of publication of the legal notice in the newspaper of record, the Steamboat Pilot. This will be the only opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed project before a decision on this project is issued. Only those who submit timely comments during the comment period may file an appeal. For appeal eligibility each individual or representative from each organization submitting comments must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request. Electronic comments can be accepted in emails, Word (.doc), Adobe Portable Document (.pdf), Plain Text (.txt), or Rich Text (.rtf) formats or as an ASCII file avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption.

Please address comments on the scoping letter to:

Jamie Kingsbury, District Ranger

Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District

Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

925 Weiss Drive

Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487

(970) 870-2299 or 870-2149

Fax: 970-870-2284

jkingsbury@fs.fed.us

Office hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays, except holidays. Email: comments-rm-medicine-bow-routt-hahns-peak-bears-ears@fs.fed.us

Published in The Steamboat Pilot & Today

Publication Date: April 3, 2011

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Published in The Steamboat Pilot & Today Publication Date: April 3, 2011

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