USDA FOREST SERVICE: NFSR 225 Travel Management Project

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LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT

NFSR 225 TRAVEL MANAGEMENT PROJECT

USDA FOREST SERVICE

Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

Yampa Ranger District

Yampa, Colorado

The Yampa Ranger District requests comments on the environmental assessment for NFSR 225 Travel Management Project.

The analysis area includes the NFSR 225 road system within the Gore Pass area in Routt County, Colorado. The project is located southeast of Yampa approximately 14 miles. The legal location is as follows: all or parts of Township 1 North, Range 83 West, Sections 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32 and 33.

The purpose of this document is to determine whether or not to make changes to the NFSR 225 road system that accesses the Long Park Area. This includes roads 225.1, 225.1A & 225.1B (all of which are currently open to motorized travel). Proposed activities include:

  1. Relocating portions of system roads,

  2. Changing use on portions of existing roads,

  3. Creating more dispersed camping opportunity,

  4. Closing unneeded road segments, and

  5. Other watershed improvement projects.

For further information contact Chad Kurtenbach at 970-638-4516.

Comments may be mailed, faxed, e-mailed, hand-delivered, phoned in, or orally delivered to office staff weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., except holidays. Written comments must be postmarked by the Postal Service, e-mailed, faxed, or otherwise submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the 30th calendar day following publication of this Legal Notice in the Steamboat Pilot. Hand delivered comments must be time and date imprinted at the above address/office by the close of business on the 30th calendar day following publication of this Legal Notice in the Steamboat Pilot.

The publication date in the newspaper of record (Steamboat Pilot) is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this analysis. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. The regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period. It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period. Please submit site-specific comments that can be used to further refine the proposed action.

Oral comments must be provided at the Responsible Official's office during normal business hours via telephone 970-638-4516 or in person, or at an official agency function (i.e. public meeting) that is designed to elicit public comments.

Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc) to comments-rocky-mountain-medicine-bow-yampa@fs.fed.us. When submitting comments on the web, the SUBJECT LINE must be "NFSR 225" to ensure proper routing. For electronically mailed comments, the sender should normally receive an automated electronic acknowledgment from the agency as confirmation of receipt. If the sender does not receive an automated acknowledgment of the receipt of the comments, it is the sender's responsibility to ensure timely receipt by other means.

In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for appeal eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification. Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible to appeal must meet the information requirements of 36 CFR 215.6(a)(3).

Project information can be found at www.fs.fed.us/r2/mbr/projects/index.shtml and you are encouraged to use this site for all your participation in the analysis. Once at the website, click on the Land & Resources Management Tab, followed by Projects. Next, click on "VIEW A LISTING OF ALL PROJECTS", and then scroll down to the project named "National Forest System Road 225 Analysis". For additional information or for a copy of the draft EA please call the Yampa Ranger District at 970-638-4516.

Please address comments on the EA to:

Jack Lewis, District Ranger

Yampa Ranger District

Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

P.O. Box 7

Yampa, Colorado 80483

(970) 638-4516

Fax: 970-638-4635

Office hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays, except holidays.

Published in The Steamboat Pilot & Today

Publication Date: March 27, 2011

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Published in The Steamboat Pilot & Today Publication Date: March 27, 2011

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